Editorial: No universal health coverage without strong local health system

Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Volume 92, Number 2, February 2014, 77-152
http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/92/2/en/index.html

Editorial
No universal health coverage without strong local health systems
Bruno Meessen a, Belma Malanda b & for the Community of Practice “Health Service Delivery”
a. Department of Public Health, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nationalestraat 155, 2000, Antwerp, Belgium.
b. Brussels, Belgium.
Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2014;92:78-78A. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2471/BLT.14.135228

Despite the current global and national momentum,1 universal health coverage could remain an empty promise unless it is focussed on the provision of quality essential services to everyone. And this, in turn, will not happen without strengthening local health systems.