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The United Kingdom is providing support to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Department of Health Systems and Financing to enable it to work with more low-income countries that have chosen to speed up their progress towards universal health coverage. The UK is providing both four years of funding and a health financing expert, who is seconded to WHO for two years. In 2011, the first year this enabled WHO to provide direct support to 19 countries.
At country level the UK is working closely with WHO to ensure that our support to governments on universal health coverage is well co-ordinated. More broadly, the UK is supporting countries to strengthen their health systems (public and private) to ensure that good quality essential health services are provided and are used by everyone. This requires work both to increase the quality and quantity of the services provided and to remove the barriers that prevent people, especially poor people, from using services.