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Massive scale investments in mental health required by all countries, says UN Chief Antonio Guterres
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Urgent Action Must Strengthen Weak Health-Care Systems Grappling with COVID-19, Secretary-General Tells Ministerial Meeting on Universal Coverage
UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ video message to the ministerial meeting on universal health coverage: “Measuring Progress, Challenges and Opportunities in the Context of COVID-19”, in Japan :
Speaking on the occasion, UN Chief Antonio Guterres said that as millions of people globally are affected by mental health issues, a massive scale in investment in mental health is required by all countries.
Weak health systems and unequal access to health care are major reasons why COVID‑19 has killed 1 million people and infected more than 30 million around the world. Underinvestment in health is having a devastating impact on societies and economies, undermining progress on all the Sustainable Development Goals. COVID‑19 has made the need for universal health coverage, outlined in the strong political declaration that emerged from last year’s meeting, more urgent than ever.
Achieving universal health coverage is a major recommendation in our latest policy brief. Other recommendations include strengthening public health measures, coordinating the global response to the pandemic, and protecting other health services during the pandemic, including mental health and sexual and reproductive health programmes. We also call for funding for the ground‑breaking ACT‑accelerator initiative to ensure everyone, everywhere has access to future COVID‑19 vaccines, tests and treatment, which should be seen as a global public good.
Universal health coverage is not only essential to end the pandemic. It will also drive progress across all health‑related SDGs [Sustainable Development Goals], while strengthening the primary health systems that are fundamental to tackling non‑communicable diseases. And it is the only way to prepare for future health crises we know will come.