This week, we celebrate International Human Rights Day on the 10th and Universal Health Coverage Day on the 12th of December. EMSA and the Medical Ethics and Human Rights Pillar, in an effort to spread awareness on these days and to draw attention to the right to health, organises a campaign for the entire week to guide European Medical Students on a matter that should be addressed by everyone.

We often associate the Right to Health with access to healthcare and hospitals predominantly, which is not entirely correct. When referring to the right to health, we should take into consideration the underlying determinants of health, which are safe drinking water and adequate sanitation, safe food, adequate nutrition and housing, healthy working and environmental conditions, health-related education and information and gender equality. 

And what about Universal Health Coverage? Isn’t healthcare coverage universal or almost universal in all Member States of the EU? Unfortunately that’s still not the case, but the aim of the UN sustainable development goal 3 on healthy alive also set as a target to “achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all” within the horizon of 2030.

To learn more and spread the word, make sure to join our campaign between the 9th and 13th of December through our Facebook Page and Instagram, become an ally of this attempt to raise our voice and advocate for what should be taken for granted, but is still a privilege for the few, the Right to Health.

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