Universal health is a flagship initiative of the Pan American Health Organization/WHO Regional Office of the Americas. All the Member States have committed to it through their Strategic Plan for 2014-2019 and their 2014 Strategy for Universal Access to Health and Universal Health Coverage. Universal health means that everyone has access to and is covered by a well-organized and well-financed health system offering quality and comprehensive health services, one that protects people from financial ruin if they need to use these services. This three-minute animation video explains universal health and what it signifies to the Member States as a vehicle for saving and improving lives and helping countries to grow and develop their economies in a sustainable fashion.