Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is a global health initiative supported by the United Nations (UN) that aims to ensure that all people have access to quality healthcare services without suffering financial hardship. It is based on the principle that healthcare is a fundamental human right.
Counsellor Dr. Michael Espiritu, MD, delivered a speech on the importance of global collaboration to ensure equitable and sustainable access to comprehensive healthcare for all. He called upon various stakeholders, including the private sector, civil society, international organizations, academia, and governments, to accelerate progress in this endeavor.
The One Health Approach, integrating human, animal, and environmental health, is exemplified by the Order of Malta’s response to health challenges in Africa. This approach is used to combat diseases like cholera, malaria, and tuberculosis, acknowledging that infectious diseases disproportionately affect underserved communities in Africa.
The Order of Malta’s relief agency, Malteser International, integrates the One Health Approach into development projects, emphasizing research and digital health solutions tailored to underserved regions. Our aid workers collaborate with national health authorities to enhance healthcare systems, train personnel, and promote community awareness, particularly in areas related to food hygiene, water access, and overall health practices.