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Universal Health Coverage as a tool to combat infectious diseases

The Universal Health Coverage as a tool to combat infectious diseases high level meeting took place on 30-31 May 2018. Convened by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) public health network, a major theme at this event was the emergence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). One objective was to agree priorities for international cooperation between Asia and Europe.

The WHO describes Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as meaning “that all people and communities 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”.

With the event’s focus on supporting countries in Asia, and its ultimate objective of ensuring countries can treat and prevent infectious diseases with effective and safe medicines, the Fleming Fund was pleased to contribute.

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