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Why must women, children & adolescents be a UHC priority?

Gro Harlem Brundtland recalls witnessing women giving birth with no assistance. She is joined by fellow Elders Hina Jilani, Mary Robinson and Graça Machel in explaining how Universal Health Coverage empowers women, and should be free at the point of use.

"I have seen women in childbirth with no assistance. I have seen midwives struggling to help at the delivery because she has to use a torch or even now her mobile phone to have enough light to see the woman." –Gro Harlem Brundtland

Why should women, children & adolescents be a UHC priority?

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