Social health protection is firmly grounded in the international rights framework: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, the Social Security (Minimum Standards) Convention (No. 102), and the Social Protection Floors Recommendation (No. 202). Yet in low-income countries, an estimated 90 % of people have no financial protection against catastrophic health expenditures. These discrepancies have been further highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic and Social Health Protection has gained a particular momentum on the international agenda, and become a more critical and timely policy agenda.
Despite international recognition on the importance of health protection for poverty reduction and the achievement of UHC, awareness remains limited.
CONNECT aims to support its members advocacy and awareness raising efforts by:
- producing and disseminating evidence;
- facilitating and engaging in dialogues on social health protection in the Asia Pacific region;
- organising high-profile international events to give visibility to health protection.