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"Health is critical to development. Access to safe, affordable and good quality health services enables people to be more productive and active contributors to their families, communities and nations," Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, regional director, WHO South-East Asia Region, said at the WHO Regional Committee meeting held in Dili, Timor-Leste.
Making effective healthcare services accessible to people, wherever they live, and whether they are rich or poor, is a must.
It makes commitments to a fairer society real, and will facilitate sustainable development, she said.
Universal health coverage (UHC) figured prominently at the five-day Regional Committee meeting between 7 - 11 September, attended by Health Ministers and high-level ministerial delegations of all 11 countries of WHO South-East Asia Region.
WHO emphasized that action for UHC needs to take into account the changing health needs.