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Help develop policy for community health services — Segbefia

By Graphic Online
June 23, 2015
The Minister of Health, Mr Alex Segbefia, has called on stakeholders in health to support the ministry to develop a draft policy for the community-based health planning and services (CHPS) to provide easy access to quality health care.  According to him, access to good healthcare services would not only improve…[ Read More ]

Inside the Network: Unraveling Mexico’s Quality of Health Services

By Joint Learning Network
June 23, 2015
Quality seems to be the word. Last week, the Joint Learning Network worked with the Ministry of Health of Kosovo and the World Bank to organize a two-day joint learning workshop on the topic of improving access and the quality of health services in Kosovo (more on that to come…[ Read More ]

Tapping JLN expertise to improve access and the quality of health services in Kosovo

By Sinit Mehtsun
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The Ministry of Health of Kosovo and the World Bank have tapped the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN) to help organize a two-day joint learning workshop to inform the launch of universal health coverage (UHC) reforms in Kosovo. The proposed meeting to be held from June 15 - 16 will convene health insurance practitioners, health officials and international…[ Read More ]

Can we monitor progress towards UHC?

By Ankita Panda
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A new report co-authored by Save The Children, the World Bank, and the World Health Organization (WHO) with support from The Rockefeller Foundation found that 400 million people currently do not have access to essential services. At an event last week, policymakers, health specialists, and universal health coverage (UHC) enthusiasts gathered in New York City for…[ Read More ]

WHO working to incorporate yoga into universal healthcare

By Times of India
June 22, 2015
The World Health Organisation is closely working with centres in India and across the world to support the unique knowledge of yoga with scientific evidence and incorporate it into universal healthcare approaches, a senior official of the agency has said. "Yoga is used in many settings in which the health…[ Read More ]
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When Implementing Universal Health Coverage, Context Matters

By Sara Gorman
September 17, 2014
This blog first appeared on the PLOS Medical Journals' Community Blog.  As the WHO’s Millennium Development Goals reach their final phase, Sara Gorman reflects on what we have learned about how political, cultural and financial contexts impact the success of universal health coverage systems.  In May of 2013, Margaret Chan affirmed the…

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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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