Two members of The Elders group which encompasses independent former leaders; founded by Nelson Mandela are expected to visit Dar es Salaam, Tanzania next week, 13-14 July, to campaign for Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

They are Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Graça Machel, former Education Minister of Mozambique and a global advocate for health and women’s rights.

A statement released by The Elders shows that the high profile leaders will be in Tanzania to meet political leaders, civil society organizations and health professionals.

The Elders believe that access to health care is a fundamental human right and is the best way to achieve the health Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

All world leaders have signed up to Universal Health Coverage as part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals but now need to show political courage and determination to make it a reality.

Tanzania is a country that is already making progress in improving access to health care, and where reaching UHC is an achievable goal with the necessary political will.

As part of their programme, Mary Robinson and Graça Machel will visit a government dispensary to see for themselves the situation at the grassroots and hear from health workers, patients and other community members.

Then on 14th July, the leaders will convene a panel discussion in Dar-es-Salaam of civil society leaders to which media will be invited and encouraged to participate.

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