World Health Day 2018: 'Universal Healthcare for all'
Almost 100 million people are being pushed into extreme poverty, forced to survive on just $1.90 or less a day, because they have to pay for health services out of their own pockets. Access to healthcare for all is one of the major achievements of post-Second World War Europe bringing to reality the idea that all human beings, rich or poor, should benefit from quality medical care without worry that their illness would bankrupt their family. The EU has allocated over EUR 475 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. It also provides around EUR 200 million in humanitarian assistance every year to support health programmes that seek to limit mortality, disability and disease associated with humanitarian crises. In addition, the EU has now set up a European Medical Corps to dispatch medical experts to tackle worldwide health emergencies.