Commonwealth Health Report 2020

The SAMRC was featured in the Commonwealth Health Report 2020 on Achieving Universal Health Coverage in South Africa. The publication comes at a time when health is in the headlines across the world. Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been declared a global health emergency by the WHO, and is putting huge pressure on countries’ health services and reinforces the need to build stronger health systems for universal health coverage. It is also a stark reminder of the importance of international collaboration, political commitment and knowledge sharing – to deal not only with health emergencies, but to increase life expectancy, reduce maternal and child mortality, fight against leading communicable diseases and address the growing burden of non-communicable diseases.