(All Africa.com) - Windhoek - The Minister of Health and Social Services Dr Richard Kamwi says government is making every effort to ensure equal access to basic health services for all. He said he is aware that Namibians do not have the same access to the same quality of health services.
"It is a fact that children born to mothers who are less at ease financially are less likely to be immunized than those born to mothers in the highest wealth quintile, as it was revealed by the Demographic Health Survey of 2006/07," Kamwi said during the official opening of the 7th Annual Healthcare Conference hosted by the Namibia Association of Medical Aid Funds (NAMAF) held in Windhoek yesterday under this year theme - Is Universal Health Coverage (UHC) an Answer to Health Care Delivery.
(Ventures Africa) - “You guys are investing in hospitals.” That was the question (or masked hope) of an American-trained Ethiopian doctor, the owner and head doctor of a local hospital in Addis Ababa. The question is a familiar one to investors in many of Sub-Saharan Africa’s emerging economies. Many foreign-trained doctors are returning home to the desperate health sectors in Africa.
The perilous state of health care in Sub-Saharan Africa begs for more investment. Communicable and parasitical diseases persist, with few countries able to provide basic sanitation, clean water and adequate nutrition to all of their citizenry. Few countries are able to spend the $35 per person that the World Health Organization (WHO) considers the minimum for basic health care.
(AllAfrica.com) - THE Minister of Health and Social Services, Richard Kamwi, has expressed deep concern over the inequality of access to health facilities in the country.
Kamwi was speaking at the official opening of the two-day 7th Annual Healthcare Conference hosted by Namibia Association of Medical Aid Funds (NAMAF) in Windhoek yesterday.
The conference aims to assemble all key stakeholders from the local, regional and international forum in the healthcare industry to exchange ideas and experiences towards the common goal of delivering accessible, affordable, sustainable and quality healthcare for all in line with Vision 2030.
Kamwi said the theme for this year's conference, "Universal Health Coverage (UHC) an Answer to Health Care Delivery", is appropriate at a time when the entire world is re-shaping itself to focus attention to universal health coverage .
Kamwi highlighted examples from countries like Ghana and Rwanda, two countries he said have started their progress
(Deccan Herald) - Karnataka has been selected as the first State for the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) project, initiated by the Centre.
Two districts of the State, Mysore and Raichur, have been selected for the implementation of the scheme on a pilot basis, said Madan Gopal, principal secretary of the Health and Family Welfare department, here on Wednesday.
The project is aimed at providing quality healthcare to all sections of the society, especially the economically backward sections, he said at a meeting convened at the office of the deputy commissioner to discuss the implementation of the project.
Covered under UHC
He said that the Planning Commission of India had also approved the implementation of the project. The project will ensure that individuals who cannot avail benefits under health schemes such as Yashaswini, the National Health Insurance Scheme and others, will be covered under UHC.
(The Star) - Ministry of Health Principal Secretary Prof. Fred Segor today launched Kenya’s first health forecast towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals(MDG) and Universal Health Coverage (UHC)
The ministry of health has collaborated with support from the US-AID funded by FUNZOkenya project on a project to embark on the forecasting of its workforce.
Segor said the purpose of the forecasting is to inform on the current status and number of students churned out medical training institutions in Kenya, the cost of each individual worker trained in each cadre. The forecast also aims to provide a projection of the numbers needed for the country in relation to the country’s population.
He said the forecast will be able to tell institutions of the number of doctors required in the next five years as well as the number of clinical officers and nurses required for the next 10 years.
(Jakarta Post) - Indonesia’s drug manufacturers are expanding their production capacities to take advantage of the implementation of the country’s Social Security Law, which will provide universal insurance to the country’s population.
SOHO Group president director Marcus Pitt said local pharmaceutical companies would benefit a lot from the national health insurance system, which would result in a sharp increase in the demand for medicine.
“The presence of universal healthcare is a great opportunity for pharmaceutical companies to significantly expand their product volume,” he said recently.
Like Pitt, Kalbe Farma finance director Vidjongtius said the national health insurance program would result in the sharp increase in generic medicine.
(SPY Ghana) - Managers of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) have launched the Scheme’s 10th anniversary by unveiling its new brand identity.
The new brand identity for NHIS comes with a newly designed distinctive logo with a new colour identity and a new tag line, “Your Access to Healthcare”.
The launch took place at the Holiday Inn in Accra last Thursday under the theme: “Towards Universal Health Coverage: Increasing Enrolment whilst Ensuring International Sustainability”, would cover a two-month period to be climaxed by a 2-day international conference from November 4-6.
In his welcome address at the launch, Sylvester Mensah, Chief Executive for the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) said the rebranded Scheme would not only be reflected in its logos and public image but would resonate even more in the attitude and style of managing the social health scheme.
He said the 10th anniversary of the scheme is a good time to take stock and re-strategize for the
(Jakarta Post) - For businesses, the pitfalls of a miscalculated universal health coverage program are not limited to higher costs, but are also linked to disruptions in the way certain industries operate.
The new healthcare system, which will come into effect on Jan. 1, 2014, is the first implementation of the government’s Social Security Providers (BPJS) program, aimed at providing life insurance to all Indonesians.
While confusion reigned over the absence of sufficient implementing regulations, businesses have anticipated soaring production costs by as much as 20 percent as they must cover every worker with health insurance, according to the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo).
“It’s less than four months away but there’s still uncertainty over the exact additional costs businesses will have to bear,” said Apindo chairman Sofjan Wanandi recently.
(Business World Online) - THE PHILIPPINE Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) has released the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the measure providing universal health care to Filipinos.
The IRR came three months after President Benigno S. C. Aquino III signed in June Republic Act (RA) 10606 which amended RA 8785 or the National Health Insurance Act of 2013.
The measure requires mandatory membership in PhilHealth and insurance coverage has been expanded to include the informal sector, persons with disabilities (PWD), migrant workers, household helpers and indigents.
(The Jakarta Post) - The government’s universal healthcare coverage program is only three months away from its effective implementation scheduled for Jan. 1, 2014, the same year the country will hold its general election.
However, the government has yet to finalize key parts of the far-reaching program, which will also impact companies and their businesses.
Okky Asokawati, a member of the House of Representatives’ Commission IX overseeing health, said the government had to pass at least eight decrees on the implementation of the 2011 Social Security Providers (BPJS) Law, which mandates two forms of social coverage.