Equitable Access to healthcare
Investing in equitable and sustainable health systems is the best way to reduce our vulnerability to health threats that can easily cross borders, so that countries are better able to prevent, spot, and effectively respond to public health emergencies.
ACTION’s advocacy around building equitable and sustainable systems focuses on cross-cutting outcomes including universal health coverage (UHC) grounded in strong primary health care systems; expanding the health workforce; strengthening supply chains for vaccines and essential medicines; expanding R&D partnerships; promoting innovation in health tools, delivery mechanisms, and community engagement; and targeting services to traditionally underserved people.
Our Equitable and Sustainable Systems Programming
Partners develop and implement country-level plans that are coordinated and complemented by joint campaigns to contribute to our global agenda. This helps us to amplify our individual efforts and strengthen our collective impact.
Develop long-term, trusted relationships with policymakers
Identify, train, and support, amplify, and elevate citizen advocate champions
Identify barriers or gaps in financing and delivery of key proven health solutions
Influence the global health agenda to respond to community needs
Health Systems Strengthening
According to WHO, a well-functioning health system is built on having trained and motivated health workers, a well-maintained infrastructure, and a reliable supply of medicines and technologies, backed by adequate funding, strong health plans and evidence-based policies.
The intersection of the COVID-19 pandemic with a globalized world, highlights serious risks if health systems fail to control and address global public health threats.
Strong health systems lead to greater resilience and global health security. ACTION works to support strategies, responses, and activities that are designed to sustainably improve good and equitable health outcomes for all.
Universal Health Coverage
Universal health coverage (UHC) means that people of all ages and from all communities should receive the quality health services they need (preventive, curative, rehabilitative, and palliative care) without suffering financial hardship.
Today, an estimated 400 million people around the world lack access to one or more essential health service. While every year, 100 million people are pushed into poverty due to out-of-pocket health care expenses.
Equitable access to and use of affordable health services also empowers people, makes them more productive, and enables them to contribute to the betterment of their families, communities, and society; political leaders must prioritise UHC.
With the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccines, equity is a hot topic across the world. While access to COVID-19 vaccines is very limited especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), the detrimental effect of the pandemic and singular focus on COVID vaccines threatens to disrupt critical life-saving routine immunization.
An estimated 19.9 million children still do not have access to a full course of the most basic vaccines, and only 7% get all 11 vaccines that the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends for infants in all countries.
Vaccine access is about equity, community, and trust, and is imperative beyond a global pandemic.