Associated Society - G4 Alliance at the UN General Assembly
The G4 Alliance at the United Nations General Assembly 2019
“Universal health coverage is a political choice,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO). “Today, the world’s leaders have signaled their readiness to make that choice...Together, we can deliver ‘health for all.’”
This year’s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) was a big deal for the global health community. This assembly marked the first time in history that country representatives from around the globe came together and declared that universal health coverage (UHC) is essential. All 193 UN member countries publicly endoresed a political declaration expressing a commitment to work toward UHC. The Global Action Plan on Healthy Lives and Well-Being for All was also launched to accelerate progress toward the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
For the G4 Alliance and all advocates for safe and affordable surgical, obstetrics, trauma, and anaesthesia care, this UNGA was especially important. The inclusion of “trauma and emergency-care services, including essential surgery capacities as an essential part of integrated health-care delivery” in the UHC political declaration sets the stage to advocate for safe surgical care in every country. Additionally, this declaration opens the door for inclusion of specific surgery, obstetric, trauma, and anaesthesia related metrics as part of the UHC accountability framework that will be developed to guide progress towards UHC.
During this year's UNGA, The G4 Alliance partnered on a panel and reception on surgical care for children, led by Smile Train at its headquarters in New York.