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Partnership brief

UHC Brief 2020

The Comic Relief GSK Partnership-Protecting Progress towards malaria eradication and universal health coverage through the COVID-19 pandemic

Partnership brief

The rapid spread of COVID-19 across the globe has affected the way we all live, shining a light on the importance of investing in strong health systems, enhancing equitable access to care, and improving readiness to prevent and control disease outbreaks

Strengthening health systems increases resilience in the face of public health pressures, such as the pandemic, and is also one of the most effective ways to combat malaria and drive progress towards UHC.

The Partnership helped strengthen health systems by improving the supply of quality healthcare, raising awareness and promoting preventative and health-seeking behaviours, and building strong surveillance and data management systems. We also supported and encouraged civil society to hold their governments to account and campaign for greater multi-sectoral investments in malaria and health systems at the national, regional and global levels to drive sustainability.

This briefing aims to demonstrate how our programme exemplified some of the key principles of the UHC agenda:

  • Ensuring no one is left behind

  • Upholding quality healthcare through a strengthened workforce

  • Building better surveillance and information systems

  • Political leadership within and beyond health

  • Working in partnership and moving together

It also showcases how our partners responded on the ground, in record speed, to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the communities they serve.


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Comic Relief is the operating name of Charity Projects, a registered charity in England and Wales (326568) and Scotland (SC039730), which is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (01806414). Registered address: 1st Floor, 89 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TP.