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Mexico International Forum on Universal Health Coverage

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Sustaining Universal Health Coverage, Sharing Experiences and Promoting Progress

Universal coverage (UC), sometimes referred to as universal health coverage, is a widely shared political aim of most countries, and has gathered increasing international attention recently. The International Forum on “Sustaining Universal Health Coverage: Sharing Experiences and Supporting Progress”, organized by the Government of Mexico on 1–2 April, 2012 in Mexico City, is the latest international high profile event on UC.

In Mexico City, high-level participants from 21 countries from the six WHO regions, including the Ministers of Health of Mexico and South Africa, as well as WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan and Assistant Director-General Dr Carissa Etienne, gathered to exchange experiences and promote international cooperation on efforts to sustain progress towards UC.

The participants heard about the various pathways taken and challenges faced by countries on the way to UC. They also discussed and identified the supportive actions that could be taken at international level, recognizing the importance of UC for sustainable development, equity, and population well-being. The outcome of the Forum was a consensus on the Mexico City Political Declaration on Universal Health Coverage.