Japan pledges to help underprivileged countries with $2.9 billion in universal health coverage

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe confirmed on Thursday that Japan will be contributing $2.9 billion to the countries that are pursuing universal health coverage, an international health programme providing healthcare services to the underprivileged people. The funds will be allocated to particularly those programs that are treating young children for infectious diseases in developing countries.



The prime minister made this announcement along U.N. secretary General Antonio Guterres and many other world leaders. The Universal Health Forum was organized by the Japanese government in conjunction with World Health Organization and the World Bank.

“We will give our all to building a global framework to promote UHC, together with Secretary-General Guterres and other world leaders,” Abe said.

Abe’s new interim universal target is to get the basic health facilities to more than 1 billion by 2023.

The World Health Organization has plans to provide the basic health facilities to 80 percent of the developing countries’ population and that the underprivileged people don’t enter the cycle of poverty because of making out-of-the-pocket payments on healthcare.



Guterres has appreciated Japan’s contribution towards improving the healthcare in developing countries and called for a plan that better integrates each country’s private and public sector needs to come up with an equality in healthcare.

Guterres said, “Out-of-pocket spending on health causes an estimated 100 million people to fall below the poverty line every year, and in an increasingly interconnected world, an evolving global health landscape gives rise to new threats.”

The U.N General Assembly has declared December 12th as the Universal Health Coverage Day and has summoned a high-level meeting next year for the universal health coverage.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Senegalese President Macky Sall, and Myanmar president Htin were also amongst the participants in the forum.

“It takes unwavering political commitment because it is a political choice, but the price is a healthier, safer and fairer world for all people,” Tedros said.

Japan also has other plans to hot a nutrition forum in 2020 that will allow for a stable food supply.


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