Oxfam reaction to Jim Kim's speech on Universal Health Coverage

Posted by Sarah Dransfield Senior Press Officer

21st May 2013

In response to today's keynote speech by Dr Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Oxfam's Senior Health Policy Advisor Dr Mohga Kamal Yanni, said: 

"The World Bank is becoming a major champion on Universal Health Coverage and we applaud President Kim's leadership on this issue. Universal coverage cannot happen without major, scaled up public investments in health; the Bank must now change the way it works to help countries achieve this. By working with the World Health Organisation, the Bank can support countries to ensure that every citizen gets access to the healthcare they need. 

 "Evidence shows that to reach the poorest and most vulnerable people, governments should increase public expenditure on health and expand public delivery of health services. The World Bank is in a unique position to be able to give countries proactive advice to help them achieve Universal Health Coverage, as well as supporting them with its financing, and through building efficient and progressive tax systems. 

"We welcome the World Bank's support for countries to remove user fees which is a major financial barrier to achieving Universal Health Coverage, but fees must not be replaced by insurance."

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Dr Kamal Yanni will be available for comment from the World Health Assembly in Geneva.

For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact: Sarah Dransfield, Oxfam Senior Press Officer on +44 (0) 1865 472269, + 44 (0)7767 085636 or email: sdransfield@oxfam.org.uk

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