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[24 WashIntlLJ 0419] Introduction: Positioning Universal Health Coverage in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

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dc.contributor.author Frey, Andrea L.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-16T20:44:16Z
dc.date.available 2015-11-16T20:44:16Z
dc.date.issued 2015-06
dc.identifier.citation 24 WASH. INT'L. L.J. 419 (2015) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2377-0872
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773.1/1492
dc.description Washington International Law Journal, Volume 24, Number 3, June 2015 en_US
dc.description.abstract Abstract: Protecting and promoting health is central to sustained economic and social development. Three of the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals (“MDGs”) focused on health, including reducing incidences of HIV and malaria, improving maternal health, and reducing child mortality. Although specifying disease areas and health outcomes ensured that the targets had a clear focus, it also created many problems. In particular, the approach neglected the creation of strong, effective health systems. The UN’s adoption of the MDGs in 2000 created greater recognition that sustaining progress in health depends on such systems in the international community. The MDGs conclude at the end of 2015, making it an opportune time to shape policies and practices in the post-2015 development agenda that establish strong health systems. Such systems can be achieved by advancing the principle of universal health coverage (“UHC”) as a Sustainable Development Goal (“SDG”). UHC implies that all people have access, without discrimination, to nationally determined sets of the needed promotive, preventive, curative, and rehabilitative basic health services. Further, UHC would provide all people with essential, safe, affordable, effective, and quality medicines. It would also ensure that the use of these services does not expose individuals to financial hardship, emphasizing the needs of low-income and marginalized segments of the population. Accordingly, this piece introduces the Washington International Law Journal’s special issue devoted to the transition from MDGs to SDGs and proposes UHC as a goal for the post-2015 development agenda. In implementing this goal, negotiators should incorporate key lessons from the MDGs’ successes and limitations, as well as workable solutions based on national UHC experiences. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Washington International Law Journal Association, University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington en_US
dc.subject Article en_US
dc.title [24 WashIntlLJ 0419] Introduction: Positioning Universal Health Coverage in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. en_US
dc.title.alternative Introduction: Positioning Universal Health Coverage in the Post-2015 Development Agenda en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.rights.holder Compilation © 2015 Washington International Law Journal Association en_US

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