The PP Spokesperson in the European Parliament, Dolors Montserrat, has argued that the EU must prioritize health programs within its international cooperation policy with the aim of ensuring that in 2030 there is universal health coverage worldwide.
Although much progress has been made in recent years in aspects such as reducing the maternal and infant mortality rate and controlling HIV, Montserrat recalled, 400 million people do not have access to basic health services, there is a differential in the life expectancy of up to 31 years between the most developed and least developed countries of the globe, and every two seconds a person between 30 and 70 years dies prematurely from a noncommunicable disease.
Given this situation, said Dolors Montserrat during a debate in the Plenary Session of the European Parliament, the EU “has two major instruments to meet the objectives in this area, which are the European model of health care and the model of international cooperation ”, In which Europe is a world leader by dedicating more than 72,000 million euros annually to cooperation programs.
For this reason, he has asked Finland – who exercises the rotating presidency of the EU this semester – and the European Commission to “further promote the alliances of our public health systems with those of other countries in the world to share knowledge, research and access to the treatments. "
In addition, Montserrat said, "cooperation programs focused on health should be prioritized," especially those related to "prevention and promotion of health, which begins with nutrition and primary care."
The European cooperation programs, he added, should be directed "above all to the reduction of the world rate of maternal and infant mortality, to reduce premature mortality due to non-communicable diseases, and to put an end to epidemics of communicable diseases".
"Only in this way, and also with our leadership, can we achieve that in 2030 there will be universal health coverage in every corner of the world," said the popular spokeswoman in the European Parliament.
"Universal health coverage gives us a better life expectancy but it is also an engine of economic and social growth for all societies in the world," Dolors Montserrat summarized.