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Science Reports On Reform In China’s Health Care System

Science examines reforms taking place within the Chinese health care system, which “aim to expand infrastructure, cover the poor, and combat chronic diseases,” according to the journal. “A white paper released by China’s State Council last December outlines the basic tenets of the reforms, which include expanding insurance coverage, reconfiguring…

Uganda’s Childhood Immunization Programs Face Challenges, IRIN Reports

“Inadequate funding, a shortage of health staff, and poor adherence to vaccination schedules are some of the reasons for declining immunization levels in Uganda, which experts say threatens efforts to reduce preventable deaths among children,” IRIN reports. “The main challenge has been establishing an immunization program that can function smoothly year after…

Debating U.N. Resolution On Universal Health Coverage

Writing in the “UHC Forward” blog, Nkem Wellington, program officer at the Results for Development Institute (R4D), summarizes a debate that took place on the Performance-Based Financing Community of Practice online discussion forum following the December 12 U.N. General Assembly vote on the “Global health and foreign policy” draft resolution, which focused…

WHO Holds 2-Day Meeting To Discuss Need For Global Health Statistics

“At a two-day meeting organized and hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) [in Geneva], 60 leaders in the field of global health statistics drew up a set of proposals to improve the world’s ability to count the sick and the dead,” ScienceInsider reports. “They called for helping countries to collect better…

Interview Highlights Kenya’s First National Health Conference, Examines Role Of Women In Building Strong Health Systems

In a post in Management Sciences for Health’s (MSH) “Global Health Impact” blog, Jonathan Quick, president and CEO of MSH, interviews Sylvia Vriesendorp, technical lead on leadership at MSH, about Kenya’s First National Conference on Health Leadership, Management and Governance, which took place in February and “demonstrated the long-term vision…

WHO, World Bank Meeting On Universal Health Coverage Begins In Geneva

A two-day WHO and World Bank ministerial-level meeting on universal health coverage (UHC) began in Geneva on Monday, bringing “together ministers of finance and health from 27 countries with other high-level stakeholders” to discuss “exploring ways that countries are progressing towards universal health coverage, sharing innovative solutions and identifying actions…

U.S., Rest Of World Can Learn From Rwanda’s Success In Developing Its Health System

“Amidst the barrage of stories about failing states and civil wars that characterize the dour American media coverage of the developing world, the reinvention of Rwanda offers hope,” Chicago-based writer Neal Emery states in an opinion piece in the Atlantic, adding, “Over the last 10 years, Rwanda’s health system development has…

Unanswered Questions About Universal Health Coverage Remain

Noting the WHO meeting on universal health coverage held earlier this week, Amanda Glassman, director of global health policy and a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD), and health economist Ursula Giedion write in the CGD’s “Global Health Policy” blog, “While the term ‘universal’ signals that the entire population…

Measles Epidemic Affecting Tens Of Thousands Of Children In DRC, MSF Warns

“A measles epidemic has affected tens of thousands of children in northern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), overwhelming health facilities, says medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF),” IRIN reports. “‘Most health centers are either not functional, out of medical stocks or inaccessible for the majority of the population. Many children die in…

IRIN Examines Health Worker Shortage In Papua New Guinea

“Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a Pacific country rich in natural resources, yet its health staffing levels are comparable to the world’s poorest countries due to a rapidly retiring force and lack of qualified replacements,” IRIN reports. “Despite repeated warnings of the shortage, first at a 2002 national health conference, again in…