Achieving gender transformative Universal Health Coverage fit for an ageing world

Universal health coverage (UHC) is defined as everyone, everywhere being able to access the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. Progress towards UHC is essential for promoting healthy ageing, delivering social and economic development, and building resilient and equitable societies that respond effectively in times of crisis – including pandemics, climate crisis or other threats to global health security. UHC also has a key role to play in achieving a more gender equal world. By 2030, 1.4 billion people will be aged 60 or over – the majority of whom will be female. Yet health and care systems worldwide remain unprepared for population ageing and associated increases in rates of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and disability. Millions of older people globally are unable to access the health and care services they need, while critical opportunities for promoting healthy ageing and harnessing UHC’s potential to transform gender relations across the life-course are being missed.