During an address to the World Health Assembly, the Vatican saidthat while the Catholic Church supports universal health care,states must respect and welcome the efforts of the private spherein achieving that goal.

In each nation, “the progress towards universal coverage cannotbe the effort of the state machinery alone. It requires supportfrom the civil society and communities, whose contribution tohealth service delivery is fundamental,” Archbishop ZygmuntZimowski said in his May 23 address to the World HealthAssembly.

Zimowski, the Vatican’s head delegate to the assembly, said theVatican supports Resolution WHA64.9, a measure that would urgecountries to “plan the transition of their health systems touniversal coverage.”

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