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The Giving Pledge Goes Global

Feb 2013. By Trevor Neilson: A little noticed piece of news emerged in the world of philanthropy this week. A dozen new billionaires signed onto the Buffett-Gates Giving Pledge. The Pledge, established in 2010 by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, encourages the world’s wealthiest individuals to give at least half …

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Project eyes robust medical technology for poor countries

Feb 2013. James Dacey A Swiss initiative launched this month (7 February) seeks to develop robust versions of key medical products adapted for use in the developing world, starting with a combined X-ray and ultrasound device. One aim of EssentialTech, launched by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne …

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Universal Health and the political Context

 Medicus Mundis, by Remco van de Pas;  While reading the outcome statement and background document of the joint World Bank/WHO ministerial level meeting on Universal Health coverage held last week, two clear issues emerge: The first one is getting political commitment to UHC at the highest government level; the second …

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What Will Universal Health Coverage Actually Cover?

Feb 2013. Center for Global Development;This week the World Health Organization held a major international meeting on universal health coverage (UHC), with Director General Margaret Chan reaffirming her regard for universal coverage “as the single most powerful concept that public health has to offer.” While the term “universal” signals that …

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World Bank preps universal health care coverage tool

Feb 2013. Devex.com; The World Bank plans to launch a tool later this year to help countries work toward universal health care.   Universal health care coverage is said to be under consideration to become part of the post-2015 global development agenda. In December, the United Nations adopted a resolution …

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Our Plan to eradicate Polio

Wall Street Journal,by Mike Bloomberg and Bill Gates :  More than three decades ago, each of us started a technology company based on a big idea—and each company found success based on a culture of innovation and accountability. In recent years, we’ve brought that same approach to our philanthropy and …

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Formal sector workers to pay new NHIF fees

Feb 2013. Business Daily. Formal sector employees will start paying the controversial NHIF fees on April 1, opening a new chapter in the history of health insurance in Kenya. Simon ole Kirgotty, the managing trustee of the public health insurer, said NHIF will start charging the new fees following last …

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