At least half of the world’s population is lacking access to appropriate and essential health services, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

This Saturday 7th April marks the 70th annual World Health Day and the WHO are dedicating it to the fight for universal health coverage.

Roughly 100 million people are still being pushed into extreme poverty due to medical bills, with an additional 800 million people forced to spend at least 10% of their household budget on health services.

Universal health coverage enables everyone to access health services that address the most important causes of disease and death. From promotion to prevention, treatment to rehabilitation – it includes the full spectrum of services necessary to achieve a life of good health.

The goal is to ensure that everyone can leverage these health services without suffering financial hardship.