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WHO Report Highlights Need For Research To Achieve Universal Health Coverage

A report published last month by the WHO finds “universal health coverage, with full access to high-quality health services for all, cannot be achieved without evidence from research,” SciDev.Net reports. “To achieve universal health access requires services to be increased while also protecting the poor from financial hardship when they have to…

New Report Explores Equity And Universal Health Coverage

“Together with UNICEF, WHO, and Save the Children, the Rockefeller Foundation is formally launching ‘Universal Health Coverage: A Commitment to Close the Gap,’ a report [.pdf] that serves to reframe the focus of universal health coverage (UHC) so that equity is the lens through which all future efforts towards achieving…

World Bank Survey Shows Gaps Between Midwife Knowledge, Care Given In Kenya

“In Kenya, 82 percent of midwives correctly diagnose their patient’s condition but only 28 percent give the full treatment required, the World Bank said on Friday, highlighting the challenge of reducing maternal deaths in the country despite the introduction of free maternal health services last month,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports.…

New Issue Of ‘Global Health: Science And Practice’ Journal Available Online

The August 2013 issue of the “Global Health: Science and Practice” journal is now available online. The issue includes an editorial about “[m]aking the most of food aid to help prevent child and maternal deaths,” a commentary on “[m]ultiplicity in public health supply systems,” and a technical paper on “mHealth…

Management Development Training Essential For Public Health Program Success

Noting the New Funding Model of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria — including formula-based funding and incentive funding — Stephen Rabimov, who leads business development at the International Management Development Program (IMDP) in New York, a training program of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung…

Reflecting On Importance Of Disease Modeling

Writing in the Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy” blog, research fellow Victoria Fan reflects on a TED talk by Nathan Myhrvold, former chief technology officer at Microsoft and co-founder of Intellectual Ventures, about mosquito-zapping lasers, refrigerators for vaccines, and disease modeling. She highlights an opinion piece she wrote…

Shared Responsibilities Will Bring Sustainable Solutions In Global Health Care

“Across the developing world, health facilities sit vacant” because “[d]onors who were delighted to help build a hospital or clinic move on to other causes, and eventually the doors close, leaving communities with broken promises,” Elizabeth Sheehan, founder of Containers 2 Clinics, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog. “Experts…

Devex Interviews President Of Foundation Promoting mHealth Model In India

“To promote development in India, [USAID] is increasingly pushing small-scale and low-cost innovation there,” Devex reports, adding, “One of these affordable solutions is Project Vikalp, an integrated family planning e-health care model by the U-Respect Foundation that aims to bring about high contraceptive prevalence rates among India’s populous rural communities”…

African Governments Fall Short On Health Spending Pledges, WHO Data Show

“Twelve years after African governments pledged in the Abuja Declaration to allocate at least 15 percent of their annual budgets to health care by 2015, just six countries have met this goal,” IRIN reports. “Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Rwanda, Togo and Zambia have met the target, and five other countries are…

USAID Working To Improve Public Health In India

Writing in the White House Blog, Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, discusses a recent trip to India and how the USAID Health and Urban Poor (HUP) Program is working in settlements near the Taj Mahal to improve health infrastructure, connect residents with health services and track mothers…