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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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State queries court order to pay nurses

Feb 2013. Daily Nation The government has challenged a recent court order to pay outstanding salaries of nurses who went on strike. In an application filed at the Industrial Court on Monday, the ministries of Public Health and Medical Services are questioning the order issued on February 7 since the …

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Such faith healing claims dangerous

Feb 2013.  Lukoye Atwoli Last Tuesday, the Daily Nation carried a feature story that quoted a medical doctor working for the National Aids and Sexually Transmitted Diseases Control Programme as saying that he had documented dozens of HIV/Aids patients who had supposedly been “healed” by an itinerant preacher. The preacher, …

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