Tomorrow, organisations across the Global Health community will come together to mark Universal Health Coverage Day, a celebration of the ambition that every person—no matter who they are or where they live—should be able to get the quality health services they need without facing financial hardship. The rapid spread of COVID-19 across the globe this year has shone a light on the importance of investing in strong health systems, enhancing equitable access to care, and improving readiness to prevent and control disease outbreaks.
In 2015, Comic Relief and GSK announced the Fighting Malaria, Improving Health partnership to fight malaria and improve health of people living in Ghana, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and the greater Mekong region. We believe that strengthening local and national health services is one of the most effective ways to combat malaria and offers the added benefit of increasing the overall resilience of the health system. Once malaria's spread is controlled, its devastating impact will be diminished. This, in turn, can lead to better overall health for people living in poverty and whole communities will have the chance to thrive.
By tackling malaria through health systems strengthening, the Fighting Malaria, Improving Health partnership is helping to drive progress towards achieving universal health coverage (UHC) and the wider agenda of the Global Goals. This level of ambition demands that organisations come together and work in partnership. In this spirit, Comic Relief and GSK are working together in new and innovative ways to tackle malaria, respond to COVID-19 and drive progress towards UHC. Our new briefing(opens in new window), launched today ahead of UHC day, outlines how we are doing this. The briefing also showcases how our partners are responding on the ground, in record speed, to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the communities they serve.