Posted on December 10, 2014

The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), a global initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), is lending its support to the first ever Universal Health Coverage Day taking place on 12 December. WISH is proud to stand alongside more than 500 partner organizations from over 100 countries, including World Health Organization, Oxfam and Save the Children in calling for fair healthcare for all. 

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is the basic concept that every person, everywhere, should have access to healthcare without suffering financial hardship. This essential human right is a cornerstone of sustainable development and global security. Recognised as a subject of such importance, the World Bank Group has identified UHC as a top priority for sustainable development. Recent research looking into the health of 2035 showed that for every USD1 invested in health today, we could reap USD20 increase in income over the next 20 years.[1]To date more than 80 countries have asked the World Health Organization (WHO) for help in moving toward UHC, including the emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Recognizing December 12 as an important day, WISH has released a video on its website of UHC Forum Chair Sir David Nicholson, former Chief Executive of the National Health Service in England, who introduces the importance of UHC ahead of presenting the Forum’s exclusive insights at the second global summit in February 2015. Sir David is leading a team of experts from around the world to produce evidence-based research that can help guide policymakers and others responsible for the distribution of accessible and affordable healthcare. The video is available on this link:

Commenting on the significance of universal healthcare coverage, Professor The Lord Darzi of Denham (pictured), Executive Chair of WISH and Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College of London, said: “This essential human right of healthcare is a cornerstone of thriving communities, sustainable development and global security – that today, one billion people still live without access to good healthcare is shocking. The policy report that we will publish on UHC in February 2015 will provide recommendations for policymakers to implement much needed change in how healthcare is financed and delivered.”

Through its support of UHC Day, WISH highlights QF’s mission to inspire and promote healthcare development and reform through a global network of high-level policymakers, academics and industry leaders. It remains closely aligned to the vision and mission of QF to unlock human potential and underscore Qatar’s pioneering role as an emerging center for healthcare innovation. For more information about WISH or the 2015 Summit, please visit

[1] The Lancet Commission on Investing in Health. Global Health 2035: A world converging within a generation. The Lancet. December 2013.