Participants from ASEAN Member States (AMS), ASEAN Sectoral bodies, civil society organizations, civitas academia, researchers and representatives from foreign embassies to the ASEAN convened virtually on 29 June for a discussion on Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
Tackled were the lessons, best practices and issues met by the UHC in the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, the forum highlighted the right to health of migrant workers through portable social security in the AMS and in the European Union.
The following recommendations were collated at the forum:
While supporting ASEAN’s efforts on the establishment of ASEAN Center for Disease Control, human rights should be at the heart of approaches to address public health crisis;
To include mental healthcare into the package of UHC;
To maximize the use of digital technology to accelerate and improve UHC for all;
To strengthen partnership, cooperation, networking and multi-sectoral engagement in realizing UHC in the ASEAN region.
Indonesia’s representative to the AICHR, H.E. Wahyuningrum, said that health was centrally placed in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Agenda. H.E.
Wahyuningrum hopes that the discussion would make an impact in the current ASEAN Sectoral Bodies’ discussions on the portable social security for migrant workers as stated in the 2020 ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework.