UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE FORUM 2017
In October 2017 the GGG+Forum was held to encourage the Japanese government to increase financial resources required to achieve global health security for the UHC Summit and true to their word the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged 2.9 billion dollars towards UHC and vowed that no one will be left behind.
The UHC is about ensuring that people have access to the health care they need without suffering financial hardship. It also helps drive better health and development outcomes, the forum aims to galvanize the health sector, countries, development partners, civil society, and the private sector towards the common goal of UHC, including pandemic preparedness, and highlighting country success and breakthrough experiences to accelerate the progress of UHC.
The Princess of Africa Foundation was part of the forum and Yvonne co-moderated the closing session of the forum where speakers such as the State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan, Mr Kazuyuki Nakane, President of the World Bank, Mr Jim Yong King and Director General at WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus… The forum was attended by more than 300 delegates and some civil society members were streaming online.
In her closing remarks, Yvonne Chaka Chaka made a call for action to all the leaders,”Our children are going to ask us, what we did? We must walk the talk to achieve health for all”
To wrap up the forum Yvonne sang one of her songs called Well Organized Men; the lyrics clearly states the importance of women and the need to equal representation including in leadership which is what she advocates for and closed by saying “I’m a woman and I’m gonna change the world”