Is the momentum right for universal health coverage?

By Jacques Jimeno 28 October 2015

Last Mile Health CEO Raj Panjabi talks universal health coverage with Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar.

Universal health coverage has garnered increased attention since Ebola ravaged West Africa in 2014, but has it been enough to create real momentum?

Raj Panjabi, CEO at Last Mile Health, told Devex that in the course of his work he has noted communities that are “days away from the nearest health facility.” It is likely, he warned, that there are people whose deaths from unknown diseases — Ebola, for example — remain unreported.

Counting former head of the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Eric Goosby and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim as strong advocates of UHC, Panjabi told Devex the opportunity to push forward and capitalize on recent traction has never been better.

Watch the clip above to learn more from Panjabi about the steps being taken toward universal health coverage, including innovations to finance the endeavor.

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About the author

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Jacques Jimeno

Jacques is a copy editor at Devex’s news production team. Previously, he worked with the Philippine Department of Tourism and the World Wide Fund for Nature. He is currently taking his master’s degree in communication from the University of the Philippines Diliman.


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