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Nigeria sets 2020 target for Africa to attain universal health converage


(The Sun) - Nigeria on Thursday proposed year 2020 as target for African countries to work toward the attainment of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the region.

The Minister of Health, Prof.

The context of health care for all

(Harvard Gazette) - Drawing on the experience of four nations, experts described how crises and fundamental transitions often prove the catalysts behind universal health care systems during a panel event Tuesday at Harvard’s Longwood campus.

In Turkey, it took an earthquake and thousands of deaths to galvanize reform of an unequal system. For Mexico and Thailand, it took a democratic transition, coupled with constitutional guarantees of citizens’ right to health care.

Nigeria recommends 2020 target for Africa to attain Universal Health Coverage- NAN


(World Stage News) - Nigeria on Thursday proposed the year 2020 as target for African countries to work toward the attainment of the Universal Health Coverage, UHC, in the region.

The Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, made this known at the first joint conference of AU Ministers of Health and World Health Organisation, WHO, in Luanda, Angola.

He said the target would facilitate countries’ efforts to put in place modalities toward the achievement of the UHC in the region.

“Setting the dateline is to encourage countries implement the UHC.

Federation Weighing Options For Universal Health Care

St. Kitts and Nevis

(West Indies News Network) - St. Kitts and Nevis is weighing options for universal health care.

Chief Medical officer Patrick Martin says the journey began since 1952 and explained Thursday, that currently there is universal coverage at the primary and secondary levels in the Federation, but not access to tertiary level.

"We have universal coverage at the secondary level, meaning people have access to specialists either at the hospital or in private practice. Our current challenge is universal access to tertiary levels, meaning...radiation therapy, open heart surgery, neurosurgery and those other sub-specialties. For us in St. Kitts and Nevis that requires travel outside the Federation, and the cost of those subspecialty services runs into the tens to hundreds of thousands of US dollars."

A guest on the Breakfast Show Thursday, Dr. Martin responded to a question about the coverage at the universal level.

Nigeria: Universal Health Access As Bedrock of Social Security


(All Africa) - Given the criticisms that have trailed the implementation of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and health insurance for all Nigerians, the federal government has taken a step further with the inauguration of the Presidential Summit on Universal Coverage, Paul Obi writes

Of all health care programmes by the Nigerian government for effective and quality health care services, the quest for health insurance and ensuring that the country meets its target on universal health coverage has remained just a paper work. President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Osahon Enabulele has attested to this gap. In many advanced and developing countries, health insurance comes hand-in-hand with universal coverage and gives access to affordable health as the bedrock of social security.

African Health Ministers set to address health issues in region

(The Sun News) - Africa’s Health Ministers on Tuesday converged on Luanda in Angola to discuss strategies of addressing the health issues affecting the region.

The meeting was jointly convened by the African Union (AU) Commission and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The meeting, which officially opened on Monday, April 14 with the accreditation of delegates, has universal health coverage in Africa as a major issue on its agenda.

It also has maternal and child mortality, and non-communicable diseases as some of the other issues on its agenda.

According to a document made available to delegates at the meeting, the issue of universal health coverage is feasible in the context of countries in Africa.

It said the countries needed to urgently expedite action on the improvement of the health of its people.

The document said delegates would also discuss policies and strategies to address risk factors of non-communicable diseases in Africa.

It said they would also set

Tajikistan moves towards universal health coverage (UHC)


(World Health Organization) - Over the last decade, Tajikistan has undertaken a series of comprehensive health reforms to move towards UHC. With the support of international partners, the Government has developed a number of health policies and programmes, including a health-financing strategy for 2005–2015, to improve equity and efficiency in the health sector.

Nevertheless, more work is needed.

West Africa: Underscoring the WAHO/Health Ministers' Meeting


(All Africa) - A six-day meeting of the 15th Ordinary Meeting of the Assembly of ECOWAS Health Ministers, under the auspices of the West African Health Organization or WAHO, is underway in Monrovia. WAHO, the specialized health agency of the Economic Community of West African States or ECOWAS, is holding the meeting in collaboration with the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare under the theme: Universal Health Coverage: issues, Challenges and Opportunities.

WAHO began its meeting since last Wednesday, while the ministers met on April 11 and 12, 2014 to discuss health issues in the West African sub-region-especially in the wake of the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

West Africa: Pres. Sirleaf Addresses ECOWAS Health Ministers in Liberia


(All Africa) - Monrovia — President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says if Liberia is to achieve Universal Health Coverage, it must begin to build a sustainable health financing system through domestic financing for the health sector.She admitted that it will be a daunting task considering the multiple needs of a country undergoing reconstruction; however, it must be done.

President Sirleaf disclosed that consideration is now being given for the establishment of a Liberia Health Equity Fund - a new funding mechanism that will help to pay for health care for all Liberians on an equitable basis, with everyone having access to the same services regardless of where you are, who you are or your financial standing.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader was speaking when she addressed the opening of the 15th Ordinary Meeting of the Assembly of ECOWAS Health Ministers at the Monrovia City Hall on Friday, April 11.

In Washington, Ban urges world leaders to work towards climate action

(UN News News Centre) - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attended today the Climate Leaders’ Summit in Washington, D.C., recalling the importance of keeping global warming as a top concern in the development agenda, and urging Governments to reach a universal legal climate deal by the end of the year.

“Climate change is the defining issue of our times.