UN Pushes Universal Health Care To Fight COVID-19

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To help the world better deal with pandemics, the United Nations is calling for a Universal Health Care system that would span all nations and be controlled by the UN itself. This is all in the name of furthering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that the UN created to usher in Sustainable Development, aka Technocracy. ⁃ TN Editor

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has urged governments to speed up and scale up their investment in universal health coverage (UHC) and stronger health systems, in order to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for future crises. The policy brief also addresses the health impact of COVID-19 on refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). 

In a video message to launch the brief titled, ‘COVID-19 and Universal Health Coverage,’ Guterres said the “world was not prepared” for the COVID-19 pandemic, and underinvestment in health care can have devastating impacts on societies and economies. He said the pandemic also revealed “yawning gaps in social protection and major structural inequalities within and between countries.” The brief argues that countries could more effectively and efficiently address the COVID-19 crisis through a UHC system, and underscores the critical linkages between public health and broader economic and societal resilience.

The policy brief cautions that the effects of the pandemic could “seriously impair or reverse progress towards the SDGs.” Each health-related SDG target is expected to go backwards. For instance, the brief states that reductions in maternal and child health interventions, such as immunization, could lead to over 250,000 additional child deaths and 12,000 maternal deaths in six months in 118 countries. If lockdowns continue for at least six months in 114 low- and middle-income countries, an additional 31 million cases of gender-based violence “can be expected to occur.” The brief also documents potential negative impacts on malaria deaths, AIDS-related illnesses, and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

In addition, the pandemic is affecting other SDGs. The global recession is expected to lead to the first rise in global extreme poverty since 1998, pushing 70 to 100 million people into extreme poverty and “wiping out progress made since 2017.” A large share of the new extreme poor will be in South Asia, and one-third is projected to be concentrated in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The brief presents five major recommendations:

  • Urgently control COVID-19 transmission, including with stronger public health measures to reduce local transmission to zero, facilitate universal provision for COVID-19 testing, isolating, and contract tracing, and ensure access to care for COVID-19 patients to reduce deaths;
  • Protect delivery of other essential services;
  • Massively expand access to new rapid diagnostics and treatments, and ensure future COVID-19 vaccines are a global public good with equitable access for everyone, everywhere, including through fully funding the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-Accelerator) and urgently addressing the spread of misinformation about vaccine safety;
  • Achieve UHC by investing in core health systems functions that are fundamental to protecting and promoting health and well-being, and suspending user fees for COVID-19 and other essential health care; and
  • Strengthen national and global pandemic preparedness and aim for healthy societies.

The brief shares examples of good practice in addressing the health impact of COVID-19 on refugees and IDPs. Rwanda has included urban refugees in Kigali in its national health insurance scheme. Peru approved temporary health coverage for refugees and migrants suspected of or testing positive for COVID-19. In Argentina, Chile, and Peru, to address the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on those who have been forcibly displaced, the governments have allowed foreign-trained refugee doctors, nurses, and others with medical training to work during the COVID-19 response. Ireland’s Medical Council announced that refugees and asylum-seekers with medical training can provide medical support, including as healthcare assistants. The Government of South Africa has provided financial support for foreign-owned businesses, including those owned by refugees.

The brief concludes that UHC can be a “powerful social equalizer” and a catalyst for economic growth. It underscores that systems that sustain progress towards UHC through a whole-population perspective are better positioned to respond to disease outbreaks like COVID-19.

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Patrick Wood
Patrick Wood is a leading and critical expert on Sustainable Development, Green Economy, Agenda 21, 2030 Agenda and historic Technocracy. He is the author of Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation (2015) and co-author of Trilaterals Over Washington, Volumes I and II (1978-1980) with the late Antony C. Sutton.
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Jamie

Isn’t it hilarious how the technocratic UN who wouldn’t dare waste an opportunity to reduce the worlds population, all of a sudden wants to save everyone’s life?

If this technocrat (me) can see the irony, maybe there is a good side to technocracy, after all, and we can’t be all bad eugenic depopulationist lunatics, suffering from God complex, can we?

Statist

Es tauchen immer mehr Studien auf, die sich mit den Todesopfern des Lockdowns beschäftigen. Der Tod der Schwächsten der Schwachen wird billigend in Kauf genommen. In den USA sind die Opferzahlen enorm, in Afrika, in UK – ich habe die Zahl im Kopf – , sind 21.000 Menschen an den Folgen des Lockdowns gestorben. Schlechte Medikamentenversorgung, schlechte medizinische Versorgung, Herzinfarkte, Diabetes – das ist erschreckend. An den Transhumanismus glaube ich nicht. Ich glaube, daß man das vorhat, Robocob, aber das es gelingt, wer da Bock drauf hat, sollen sie machen. Ich stelle mein Post mit hinein. Ob funktioniert das irgendwie… Read more »

[…] to tie its Agenda 2030 goals into this crisis.] UN Pushes Universal Health Care To Fight COVID-19 https://www.technocracy.news/un-pushes-universal-health-care-to-fight-covid-19/ “To help the world better deal with pandemics, the United Nations is calling for a Universal […]

Anne

I’m not a natural pessimist except pertaining to technocrats, tyrants and most politicians and bureaucrats. It seems to me that it is the nature of these people to constantly plan and concoct schemes to keep people defeated and enslaved on every front. I dare not trust this universal health care scheme. Obamacare was promoted as being the answer to expensive and inadequate healthcare in the US. I can’t say as of yet that my healthcare plan deteriorated. What I can say is that my bi-weekly premiums rose from $60 to almost $120 since passage of that ill conceived plan that… Read more »