Health Care for All

The "Health Care for All" conference, held in Antwerp (Belgium) on 25 and 26 October 2001, was a joint initiative of the Belgian Government – at the time the President of the European Union – and the Institute of Tropical Medicine.

Access to health care is a fundamental human right

The "Health Care for All" conference was attended by ministers and directors of health from Belgium’s 15 African partner countries, by directors and high-level representatives of the European Union and its member states, by UN-based and non-governmental organisations, by representatives from the pharmaceutical industry, and by scientists and experts involved with worldwide health development and disease control.

The intention was not to start yet another global initiative, but to provide information and recommendations as a guide for the various stakeholders and initiatives, and provide a firm basis for national policies.

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We recognize health for all as the ultimate goal, as accessible, efficient, adequate and equitable health care for all is the most urgent need for improving global health, fighting diseases and reducing poverty.