Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere

This year, April 7th marks the seventieth anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization – a day now known around the world as World Health Day. The WHO was founded on the belief that all people should have a right and access to the highest possible level of health, and it’s this goal of universal health that has marked April 7th for almost two-thirds of a century.

In 2018, the WHO is calling upon leaders from around the world to enact the pledges made by officials who agreed to the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 – of which the third goal is to ‘ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages’. The WHO seeks to make sure that people around the world commit to ensuring universal access to health without financial hardship.

This World Health Day aims to shine a spotlight on the need for universal health coverage and the steps that key players can take to make this goal a reality, highlighting the power that policymakers have to transform the lives of their nations, and sharing examples of how people are already moving towards health for all. In honour of World Health Day, we’ve curated some of our bestselling and new key titles from our publishers, which all shine a spotlight on health around the globe and the Sustainable Development Goals.


Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2018
From World Development Indicators
The World Bank
April 2018 128pp
9781464812507 Paperback
The Atlas is built around the World Bank's compilation of statistics from over 200 economies about global development and the quality of people's lives. For each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, selected indicators have been identified and visualised to analyse trends and challenges, and to stimulate discussion on measurement issues.
World Bank Group Publications

Healthy China
Deepening Health Reform in China – Building High-Quality and Value-Based Service Delivery
The World Bank
June 2018 504pp
9781464812637 Paperback
Explores the need for China to transition its health care delivery system toward people-centred, high-quality, integrated care built on the foundation of a strong primary health care system. The report offers a comprehensive set of eight interlinked recommendations that can prepare the Chinese health system for the demographic and health challenges it faces.
World Bank Group Publications

An Introduction to Global Health
Third Edition
Michael Seear & Obidimma Ezezika
January 2018 550pp
9781773380032 Paperback
Presents a broad yet detailed overview of population health in developing countries, and carefully examines the factors that influence a community's health status and determines the effectiveness of modern aid solutions against war, governance, and contamination.
Canadian Scholars’ Press

State of World Population 2017
Worlds Apart – Reproductive Health and Rights in an Age of Inequality
United Nations Population Fund
December 2017 136pp
9781618000194 Paperback
Each year, the United Nations Population Fund releases its flagship, The State of World Population. The 2017 edition shows how economic inequality is intertwined with women's unequal access to contraception, child care, and maternal health services.
United Nations Publications

The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2017
United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs
December 2017 60pp
9789211013689 Paperback
Presents an overview of the 17 Goals using data currently available to highlight the most significant gaps and challenges. These statistics show how important coordinated global data-generation efforts are in supplying reliable and timely data for systematic follow-up and progress reviews.
United Nations Publications

Towards Universal Health Coverage and Equity in Latin America and the Caribbean
Evidence from Selected Countries
Edited by Tania Dmytraczenko & Gisele Almeida
2015 204pp
9781464804540 Paperback
Reviews progress in the Latin American & Caribbean region in reducing inequalities in health outcomes, service utilisation, and financial protection, and assesses the common trends emerging from these reforms.
World Bank Group Publications