The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by United Nati
ons on 10th of December 1948. This document was a resolution, which according to UN law had more of advisory character, rather than mandatory. In a modern world a declaration became a part of international law. From the very creation of Declaration a lot of things have changed in world. Articles meanwhile became legal standards that were a foundation of national legislation of many countries. They as well became basis for international agreements. Universal Declaration of Human Rights has influenced a lot of countries and their legal systems.
Today I would like to underline 25th article of Declaration that states:
“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services.”
I think it will be an adequate to ask ourselves, no matter where you are from, do I have this right fulfilled? Is government supporting my basic human rights? Having a good healthcare, for example like in France or Switzerland should not be a privilege, it is necessity for maintaining our lives.
- 303 000 women died of maternal causes only in 2015
- 1 in 7 children in 2015 were estimated to be underweight in less developed regions.
- 9 million children under age five died in 2015, nearly 16 000 every day
- 7 million people are living with HIV/AIDS worldwide in 2015
- 23% of all estimated global deaths are linked to the environment
- 9% of the gross domestic product was spent on health in 2015
This is just some bite of reality, and trust me, there is much more to be changed and developed.
Good health is essential to sustained economic and social development and poverty reduction. Access to needed health services is crucial for maintaining and improving health. At the same time, people need to be protected from being pushed into poverty because of the cost of health care.
Universal health coverage is defined as ensuring that all people have access to needed promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative health services, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that people do not suffer financial hardship when paying for these services.
Health services are the most visible functions of any health system, both to users and the general public. Service provision refers to the way inputs such as money, staff, equipment and drugs are combined to allow the delivery of health interventions.
Improving access, coverage and quality of services depends on these key resources being available; on the ways services are organized and managed, and on incentives influencing providers and users.