Our virtual event at this year’s Labour “Connected” conference explored the question “What will it take to deliver Universal Health Coverage and strong health systems worldwide in the time of Covid-19?“. We were lucky enough to be joined by a wonderful panel of speakers including;
- Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Preet Kaur Gill MP
- Director of the Chatham House Centre for Universal Health, Rob Yates
- Programs Manager at the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights in Uganda, Allana Kembabazi
- Head of Policy and Campaigns at Health Poverty Action, Jessica Hamer
It was a jam-packed discussion covering the importance of strong public health systems for Universal Health Coverage – especially in the time of COVID-19, the failures of private for-profit approaches, and the important role aid plays in ensuring access to healthcare worldwide.
We also explored the need to go beyond aid and address the wider global economic context which concentrates wealth and power in the hands of the few, undermining governments’ ability to invest in health the world over. In order to achieve #HealthForAll we need to address this inequality as a matter of fairness and social justice, not charity!
You can find the slides for the event here.