World Health Day 2018; Universal Health Coverage in Cambodia

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World Health Day 2018; Universal Health Coverage in Cambodia

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:03 pm

Cambodia has made great strides in health care but many challenges remain, says WHO coordinator
Posted on: April 7, 2018 | Cambodia
This year’s World Health Day marks the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Kumanan Rasanathan, coordinator of health systems at WHO Cambodia, talks about the importance of the day and how Cambodia is addressing universal health coverage, this year’s theme.

What is World Health Day all about and how is it relevant in Cambodia?
World Health Day has the theme universal health coverage this year. All the countries in the world adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (in 2015), and universal health coverage is one of the targets specified. So all the countries in the world are accelerating their efforts to achieve universal health coverage.

[Universal health coverage] basically means that everyone is able to receive the health care they need, of good quality, when they need it and at an affordable cost. It’s a simple idea but it’s difficult in practice.

Here in Cambodia many initiatives are underway. There are initiatives to expand the range of services that are available including tackling non-communicable diseases like cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, there are initiatives to improve the quality of health care services and there are a number of initiatives to expand coverage so that people find health care affordable.

So World Health Day is a wonderful day to reflect on what Cambodia has achieved, – which is significant – to think about what Cambodia is doing now and to think about the future path so that Cambodia can achieve universal health coverage by the year 2030. ... es-remain/
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