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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 pay for them, but we still do not know how to deliver both these things, says Christopher Dye, one of the lead authors of ‘Research for Universal Health Coverage,'” the news service writes, adding, “To open the way for universal health coverage, the report urges countries to increase national and international investments aimed at improving health services, and to establish closer collaborations between researchers and policymakers” (Del Bello, 9/12).