Universal Coverage (UC), or Universal Health Coverage (UHC), is defined as ensuring that all people can use the promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services they need, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship.
National Health Strategic Planning (NHPSP) is considered as a process of organizing decisions and actions to achieve particular ends in the health sector, providing a model of the intended future situation including the identification of suitable actions and means of ensuring the involvement of other sectors, the consideration of political, social, economic and technical factors, as well as constraints and ways of dealing with them.
The EU-WHO Partnership began in 2011 under the appellation ‘Supporting policy dialogue on national health policies, strategies and plans in selected countries’ with 7 countries initially (Phase I countries) for 3 years (2012-2014); 7 additional countries (Phase II countries) were added to the EU-WHO Partnership beginning in January 2013 and a further 6 countries were added through the Luxembourg-WHO Partnership.
This was due to the merging of EU’s support to WHO Headquarters in the thematic area of health systems – policy dialogue, health financing, and aid effectiveness through the International Health Partnership (IHP+). The scope was thus broadened to include elements that are clearly in synergy with each other.
The new designation of the programme became EU-WHO Universal Health Coverage Partnership: Supporting policy dialogue on national health policies, strategies and plans and universal coverage.