Twenty-six years ago, the General Assembly of the UN declared 17 of October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Secretary-General in duty António Guterres emphasized the connection between extreme poverty eradication and universal rights for all people in a message for this year’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
The provision of adequate health services is one basic human right, yet it is a poverty trap for many. According to the WHO and the World Bank, health expenditures push almost 100 million people each year into ‘extreme poverty’.
The openIMIS initiative aims to contribute to the development of health systems, in which no one faces catastrophic out-of-pocket health payments. It aims to ensure, that more people gain access to affordable and high quality health services by offering an open source solution that can manage health financing schemes. It therefore provides a low cost management system to governments and payers.
openIMIS is part of the global push to ensure that Universal Health Coverage becomes a reality by using new digital solutions. In this context, Guterres highlighted the need to ensure that the potential of technological developments is used to eradicate poverty worldwide.