Towards universal health coverage: leaving no one behind

Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being at all ages is essential to sustainable development. Not only is health important, but healthy people are better able to learn, be productive and contribute to their communities. Achieving universal health coverage (UHC) is critical to this and essential to ensuring that no one is ‘left behind’ in accessing quality health services because of who they are, where they live or their socio-economic situation.  

Using ODI research on access to health for left-behind groups and contemporary case studies on moves towards UHC in low- and middle-income countries, we discuss the constraints, enabling factors and strategies used in the roll-out of UHC, as well innovative approaches and interventions to reach left-behind groups and achieve UHC in a progressively universal manner. 


Rob Yates @yates_rob – Director, Global Health Programme and Executive Director, Centre for Universal Health, Chatham House


Anthony McDonnell @amcdonnell_hrm – Research Associate, Equity and Social Policy Programme, ODI

Kalipso Chalkidou @kchalkidou – Director, Global Health Policy and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Githinji Gitahi @daktari1 – CEO, Amref Health Africa, and Co-Chair, UHC2030 (via VC)