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Ghana to build 1600 CHPS compounds at the cost of $210m by 2017: MOH

By Emmanuel K Dogbevi
June 17, 2015
An official of the Ministry of Health (MOH) says the Ghana government is embarking on the building of 1600 Community-based Health Planning Services (CHPS) around the country between 2014 and 2017. The exercise would cost the country $210 million, Kwame Amponsah Sarfo of the Capital Investment Management Directorate of the…[ Read More ]

Health costs pose risks: WHO

By Sarah Taguiam, The Phnom Penh Post
June 17, 2015
Out-of-pocket expenditures for health care have significantly increased in Cambodia, placing families hovering just above the poverty line at risk of being plunged back into indigence, according to a recent report from the World Health Organization (WHO). In the WHO’s recent Tracking Universal Health Coverage report, released on Friday, Cambodia was named…[ Read More ]

Lack of universal health coverage “pushing many into poverty”

By Judith Ugwumadu
June 15, 2015
Some 400 million people globally lack essential health services and individual healthcare costs are forcing many into poverty, according to a major international report. The World Health Organisation and the World Bank’s Tracking universal health coverage report measured health service coverage and financial protection in 37 countries to examine progress…[ Read More ]

UN: World a long way from achieving universal health coverage

By Student Operated Press
June 15, 2015
Some 400 million people do not have access to health services and 6 per cent of people in low- and middle-income countries are tipped or pushed further into extreme poverty because of the high cost of health spending, according to a report released today by the United Nations World Health…[ Read More ]

Ghana’s learning exchange with Taiwan builds confidence, cooperation in NHIA

By USAID HFG Project
June 12, 2015 Thumbnail
This article is crossposted from the HFG Project blog. In Taiwan, universal health coverage (UHC) is not just a goal, it is already a reality. Taiwan’s National Health Insurance (NHI) covers 99.9% of the country’s population by providing low-cost health care to its beneficiaries through a centralized, single-payer system. Built on…[ Read More ]
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Why the NCD Response Needs Universal Health Coverage

By Chelsey R. Canavan and Jonathan Jay
September 16, 2014
This post was published in the Lancet Global Health Blog. Universal health coverage (UHC) and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are high priorities in global health—just look at the proposed post-2015 development goals. The increasing burden of NCDs is widely recognised, and a growing list of countries have joined the UHC movement.…

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Accessible, affordable healthcare on the agenda as ASEAN Health Ministers meet

By Channel News Asia
September 16, 2014
SINGAPORE: Health Minister Gan Kim Yong will attend this week's 12th ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting (AHMM) in Hanoi, Vietnam, the Ministry of Healthy (MOH) announced on Tuesday (Sep 16). According to MOH, the meeting, held from from Sep 17 to 19, will discuss health issues such as the future direction for…

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We just learned a whole lot more about achieving Universal Health Coverage

By Let's Talk Development - World Bank
August 25, 2014
Subsidized health insurance is unlikely to lead to Universal Health Coverage (UHC); insurance coverage doesn’t always improve financial protection and when it does, doesn’t necessarily eliminate financial protection concerns; and tackling provider incentives may be just as – if not more – important in the UHC agenda as demand-side initiatives.…

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How and why India must introduce universal healthcare coverage

By Times of India
August 19, 2014
Healthcare in India is a story of insufficient resources and poor outcomes. Investment is well below WHO guidelines in both qualitative and quantitative terms. Bed density is low (less than 1.5 beds per 1000 persons as compared to WHO guideline of 3.5), doctors few (less than 1.8 per 1000 as…

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UHC and the post-2015 debate: what if we started conceiving health in a society as an emergent prope

By By Rakhal Gaitonde (EV2012, PhD Student, Dept of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Umea University, Sweden & Dept of Humaniti
August 15, 2014
There have been a number of attempts at establishing global level goals for health in recent decades. The Alma Ata declaration of 1978 which envisioned Health for All by 2000, the ICPD and the Millennium Development Goals are some examples, that preceded the present discussion on Universal Health Coverage at the international…

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