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The Week in Headlines

UHC Forward's Weekly Roundup of Headlines from Around the Globe

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Governments around the world are engaging in serious political and technical discussions on how to expand health coverage. Still others are considering such reforms, but are struggling to navigate the legal, financial, and political frameworks of their countries to determine the best path towards universal health coverage (UHC).

Below is a list of UHC-related headlines from around the world for the week of March 4, 2013. If you are viewing this on the web and would prefer to receive The Week in Headlines in your inbox every week, subscribe to the email edition.

Country News

Morocco

RAMED issues 900,000 health insurance cards at the end of 2012: According to the Moroccan Ministry of Health, more than 900,000 cards have been distributed by the National Health Insurance (ANAM). The ministry said that 78% of these cards are awarded to the absolute poor and 22% of so-called vulnerable beneficiaries (the poor relative). 53% of the cards were issued in cities while 47% were in rural areas.

Nigeria

Bayelsa votes N500m for health insurance scheme: The Bayelsa State government has earmarked N500 million to kick-start a health insurance scheme. According to Governor Seriake Dickson, the scheme will cover all civil servants.

General News

Civil Society unites around the 'Right to Health' for all: Civil society has an important role to play in ensuring that the next global development framework effectively delivers for health, from global conversations to working with local communities. This week, a coalition of more than 70 organizations from more than 20 countries called on delegates attending the UN's consultation on health in the global development framework to include UHC in the post-2015 framework.

The political context of universal health coverage: While reading the outcome statement and background document of the joint World Bank/WHO ministerial level meeting on UHC, Dr. Remco van de Pas from Wemos identified two clear issues: how to obtain political commitment to UHC at the highest government level and that fiscal realities (in poor countries in particular) greatly constrain their ability to rely predominantly on public funding.

Universal health coverage and the post-2015 agenda: Members of the Global Health Workforce Alliance respond to Jeanette Vega's recent Lancet Comment on UHC and announce that the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health will be held in Recife, Brazil from November 10-13, 2013 under the theme "Human resources for health: foundation for universal health coverage and the post-2015 development agenda".

Health in post-2015: Forging consensus in Botswana: Save the Children's Lara Brearley blogs about the high-level meeting in Botswana that will conclude the post-2015 health consultation.

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