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7 Things You Should Know About Universal Health Coverage

May 2014 RockefellerFoundation;  This year’s World Bank Spring Meeting featured a blockbuster event on health entitled, Toward Universal Health Coverage by 2030, featuring United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, World Bank President Jim Kim, Harvard Professor Lawrence Summers; Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan, and …

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Is It Time to End the Nigeria Aid Charade?

May 2014 TheCentreforGlogalDevelopment; Following its recent 90 percent GDP adjustment, Nigeria is now a solidly middle-income country. With an income per capita of $2,700, it now stands alongside countries like the Philippines and Morocco. Not exactly a rich country per se, but with a GDP of roughly $500 billion, it’s …

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WHO Urges Disclosure of Bad Results From Drug Trials

April 2014 SciDevNet; The World Health Organization has called for the disclosure of all results from the clinical trials of new medicines, regardless of their success, to increase transparency in the drug innovation process. The move follows the publication of several scientific studies showing that the results of many clinical …

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What if? Scenario planning for post-2015

April 2014 cafodpolicy; CAFOD has written a discussion paper on potential scenarios for 2015. Negotiations across three processes at the UN are now in full swing. 2015 was always going to be a busy year for multilateralism, with the Financing for Development conference in July, the Post-2015 Summit in September, …

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Economic growth no cure for child undernutrition

April 2014 HSPSNews;  A large study of child growth patterns in 36 developing countries finds that, contrary to widely held beliefs, economic growth has little to no effect on the nutritional status of the world’s poorest children. The study, from researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), the University …

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Accountability for User Fee Damage?

April 2014  AfricaFocus; Today, there is an unmistakable shift in international consensus away from health sector privatization and user fees toward public provision of universal health coverage (UHC) with tax-based financing. As part of broader efforts to privatize health financing in recent decades, the issue of user fees, in which …

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Health research re-orients to the post-2015 agenda

April SciDevNet; No one yet knows exactly what the next generation of development goals will look like, but one thing is clear: health no longer enjoys the limelight thrown on it by the millennium development goals (MDGs). Instead, it looks set to be one of several areas of focus. By …

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