Leave no one's health behind: Invest in Health Systems for All

Leave no one's health behind: Invest in Health Systems for All
Baner Universal Health Day 2021

Invitation to the high-level virtual meeting to celebrate the 
Universal Health Day 2021 
LEAVE NO ONE´S HEALTH BEHIND: Invest in Health Systems for All

December 10, 2021 – 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (EST)

On December 12, like every year, is the day we celebrate Universal Health Day globally (also called Universal Health Coverage Day). This day has great relevance throughout the world and particularly in the Region of the Americas, because it represents a new opportunity to remember that Universal Health means that all people, everywhere, have access to quality health services, when and where they need it, without exposing them to financial hardship and with interventions that allow them to have a healthy life for their development and human well-being.

The COVID-19 pandemic has once again highlighted the linkages between health, the economy, the environment, and social protection policies and mechanisms. Unfortunately, as countries continue to tackle the pandemic and look towards recovery, public health gains reported over the past 10 years continue to be lost. Therefore, it is urgent to invest in building resilient health systems as a central component of recovery and thus resume the path towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and Universal Health in the Americas.

With this approach and under the motto “Leave No One´s Health Behind: Invest in Health Systems for All", we will celebrate Universal Health Day with a high-level virtual meeting led by the Director of PAHO, Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, who together with experts and leaders from the Americas region will analyze how countries can sustain and increase public investment in health and social protection to build resilience in health systems.

We invite you to join this event on December 10, 2021, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (EST) 

Register using this link.

You can also follow the event on YouTube: www.youtube.com/pahotv,

The session will be available in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese with simultaneous interpretation.

Concept note. High-level virtual meeting. Universal Health Day 2021.


Moderator: Dr. James Fitzgerald, Director, Health Systems and Services, Pan American Health Organization


Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, Director, Pan American Health Organization.“Transforming health systems based on primary health care: investing to build resilience, now more necessary than ever!”


Keynote Speaker, His Excellency,  President, Plurinational State of Bolivia 


Mr. Luis Alberto Arce Catacora“Strategic public investments to protect and promote health and social and economic development: a tool for advancing health systems transformations for universal health"


Closing remarks

Dr. Jarbas Barbosa Jr., Assistant Director, Pan American Health Organization

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