by Kofi Annan, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Martti Ahtisaari et al.
The Elders Foundation, May 2016
Following two recent United Nations resolutions, all countries are committed to achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC), whereby everybody receives the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. However across the world, hundreds of millions of people are currently denied life-saving health services or are plunged into poverty because they are forced to pay unaffordable fees for their care. This burden is particularly felt by women, children and adolescents, who often have high needs for healthcare but least access to financial resources. In some instances women and babies are even being imprisoned in health units because they cannot pay their medical bills. This represents a gross violation of their basic human rights.