The 2019 United Nations High-Level Meeting on universal health coverage (UHC) declaration recognizes the need for health systems to be integrated and people-centred, with primary health care being the cornerstone of a sustainable health system for UHC and health-related SDGs. Primary health care is the most inclusive, efficient and effective pathway in bringing people to the health system.
The Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health 2030 addresses the demand of 40 million health worker jobs in response to local and community health needs. By scaling up efforts to promote the recruitment and retention of competent, qualified and motivated health workforce in high-demand health service fields, highly trained health personnel will be equitably distributed in these areas in accordance with the WHO Global Code of Practice on International Recruitment of Health Personnel. To promote a continued education and life-long learning and expand community-based education and training, the idea should be embedded into the learning system through practice, so that skilled health personnel can provide value-based health care in the community environment and develop a people-centered mindset and empower people meaningfully and effectively to strengthen health system. Thus, investing in the health workforce including providing decent and safe working conditions and appropriate remuneration will be instrumental for community sustainability and self-reliance in achieving UHC.