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How can progress toward the health and health-related Sustainable Development Goals be accelerated, and what role can the private sector play? Devex and Philips take a look: http://takingaction.devex.com

At least 400 million people globally lack access to essential health services such as immunization, family planning services, and primary care hospitals, according to the World Health Organization.

For 100 million people, accessing that care means being pushed below the poverty line due to out-of-pocket expenditure on health services, resulting in either unnecessary deaths or being driven into extreme poverty and debt. That’s why it’s so important that Sustainable Development Goal 3 — to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages — along with others that intersect with health, such as SDG 2 on eliminating hunger, SDG 4 on ensuring quality education, and SDG 8 on decent work, are achieved.

Universal health coverage — the idea of access to health services for all without exposing the user to financial hardship — could be one solution the private sector could put their resources and expertise toward.It’s an idea that Devex, in partnership with Philips and other organizations, delved deeper into in 2017.

The online content series Going for Goals focused on the financing needed to boost efforts around primary health care, and in turn UHC. A second online content Healthy Horizonstook the temperature of the development sector to analyze how to make UHC a reality.

We then took the dialogue around health access one step further when stakeholders from around the world gathered at the United Nations General Assembly to discuss access to health care at a special event, Closing the Gap: Innovative business models for UHC. This action-oriented discussion focused on the innovative new business models needed to secure quality UHC.

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