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Ensure Health for All

Healthy girls and women are the cornerstone of healthy societies.

Providing girls and women access to quality healthcare throughout their lives is critical to creating healthy and wealthy societies. There are many benefits to building health systems that provide a continuum of care for all girls and women. First and foremost, it saves lives and, subsequently, money. The moral and economic costs of failing to invest in integrated health systems are staggering. While governments bear the greatest responsibility to ensure health for all, everyone has a role to play in reducing barriers to Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

3 Billion
3 billion people do not receive the health services they need.
100 Million
100 million people are impoverished by the cost of healthcare.
44%
HIV infections are 44% higher among young women (aged 15-24 years) than they are among young men in the same age range.
3 Million
Vaccinating against the human papilloma virus (HPV) costs just $10-$25 per person and would avert more than 3 million cervical cancer deaths.

Investing in girls and women creates a ripple effect that yields multiple benefits, not only for individual women, but also for families, communities, and countries. Strengthening health systems and making sure that all girls and women have access to quality healthcare throughout their lives is critical to creating healthy and wealthy societies. Healthcare is a human right, not a privilege, and investing in woman-centered care can help power progress and health for all.

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Ensure Health For All
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Ensure Health For All
Healthy girls and women are the cornerstone of healthy societies.
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  • Prioritize health for all through UHC.
  • Eliminate legal, financial, social, and institutional barriers that prevent access to comprehensive health services for all girls and women, including an age of consent for accessing services.
  • Set and meet national targets across girls’ and women’s health and wellbeing needs — including sexual and reproductive health, as well as communicable and non-communicable diseases.
  • Maintain accessible health information with life-long individual medical records.
  • Promote all girls’ and women’s involvement in sport as a critical way to foster wellbeing and healthy behaviors.
  • Focus efforts toward more integrated, women-centered care to address the needs of all girls and women along the life cycle.
  • Build the capacity of health workers and address health worker shortages and general wellbeing, particularly in rural and underserved areas and in emergency and conflict settings.
  • Build and disseminate evidence of the impact of women-centered care.
  • Tailor responses in emergency settings to ensure the specific health needs of the population, especially vulnerable groups and girls and women, are factored into the plan.
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Comprehensive Health Services: A Q&A with Dr. Githinji Gitahi

Comprehensive Health Services: A Q&A with Dr. Githinji Gitahi

As momentum builds toward achieving UHC, governments have a responsibility to ensure effective systems are in place to provide a continuum of care for girls and women. Dr. Githinji Gitahi, Director General of Amref and co-chair of UHC2030, shares more about what is needed to ensure health for all.

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