Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is about ensuring quality health care services to all people without financial hardship. UHC is a means to achieve the right to health for all and should be designed and implemented to meet the health needs of every person, especially the most marginalized. Too often, sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services are left out, not prioritized for funding or not comprehensive in nature.
This Advocacy Guide is a tool to support advocates, especially at the national level, to drive progress toward gender-responsive UHC that is firmly based in human rights, supports gender equality and includes SRH services.
The Guide takes the checklist guidance developed by the WHO in their handbook on SRHR and UHC (“Critical considerations and actions for achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health in the context of universal health coverage through a primary health care approach”) and simplifies and contextualizes it for advocacy at the national level, including real-world examples from advocates, to support effective participation in UHC processes. (Part 2)
It also provides background on UHC (Part 1) and outlines steps to help create your own advocacy plan (Part 3).
Development of the Guide was augmented by inputs and lived experiences from Women Deliver partners and Young Leaders.
At the Alliance for Gender Equality and UHC side event during UNGA77, Women Deliver provided a brief introduction to the Advocacy Guide. Click here to watch the webinar and learn more about why we need gender-responsive UHC and how we can get there.