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Two Global Health Meetings Examine Need For UHC, Improved Access To Reproductive Health Services

“In a week and a half, as a team of our colleagues arrive in Ethiopia for this year’s International Conference on Family Planning, others will already be in Brazil for the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health [HRH],” Fabio Castaño, who works with Management Sciences for Health (MSH) as the global technical lead for family planning and reproductive health, and Jonathan Jay, a senior writer for MSH, write in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, noting “[t]his year’s HRH Forum addresses universal health coverage (UHC).” They state, “It’s symbolic that these two meetings are happening half a world apart: as movements around family planning, health workforce and UHC have advanced, there has been too little dialogue and collaboration across these communities.” They examine the merits of UHC, specifically with respect to family planning and reproductive health (11/4).