The world health report

Chapter 2

Advancing and sustaining universal coverage

People expect their health systems to be equitable. The roots of health inequities lie in social conditions outside the health system’s direct control. These root causes have to be tackled through intersectoral and cross-government action. At the same time, the health sector can take significant actions to advance health equity internally. The basis for this is the set of reforms that aim at moving towards universal coverage, i.e. towards universal access to health services with social health protection.

In this chapter

  • The central place of health equity in PHC
  • Moving towards universal coverage
  • Challenges in moving towards universal coverage
  • Targeted interventions to complement universal coverage mechanisms
  • Mobilizing for health equity