July 27, 2023
ALERT: The situation in Burkina Faso is rapidly deteriorating
From the 10th to the 19th of July, the ECOSOC High Level Political Forum is taking place in New York. In this year’s HLPF, government representatives will discuss the theme: “Accelerating the recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels” 39 countries will present their voluntary national reviews.
As for many of the other SDGs, there have been setbacks in the third goal “Ensure health lives and promote well-being for all at all ages” due to the Covid-19 pandemic. One of the targets under SDG 3 is to reach Universal Health Coverage. Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is achieved when all people can receive the good-quality health services they need without facing financial hardship from having to pay for them. The SDG monitoring report states: “since the pandemic has led to significant disruptions in essential health services, the continuous progress made over the last two decades has likely come to a halt.”
By working directly with marginalized people who lack access to health services, MdM witnesses the social, economic and political determinants that shape people’s health. We see that privatization of the health sector often has detrimental effects on health.
We also witness that many marginalized communities are denied access to healthcare. This is also the case in countries which have formally declared achievement of UHC. Groups excluded vary, but often include poor and rural communities, women and girls,
migrants and refugees, people using drugs and prisoners.
In September, a High-Level Meeting on UHC will take place on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. The meeting will serve to review progress made since 2019 when States committed on key objectives to reach UHC worldwide by 2030.
Based on our experience and the setbacks in achieving SDG in the past years, we call on Heads of State to agree on bold steps at the High-Level Meeting. They must:
It is now even more important to “build back fairer” health systems and strive for our common vision of health for all.