The Week in Headlines

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

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 April 22, 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.



German Health Minister to visit India: Aiming to step up cooperation in the health sector, German Health Minister Daniel Bahr will be in India on a three-city tour starting April 27.

Health cover for 18 more districts: The Rastriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY), launched in five districts of the state in 2009 for below poverty line (BPL) families, has been extended to 18 other districts this year. The scheme recently opened a call center where people can clarify their queries and file complaints related to the scheme


Ministry says healthcare teams to visit five districts soon: The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) is to soon send teams to five districts to conduct a feasibility study to launch social health insurance program.


Health insurance scheme to cover Nigeria in 2015: The acting National Health Insurance Scheme Executive Secretary Dr. Abdulrahman Sambo says that the Community Based Social Health Insurance Scheme will cover the entire country by 2015.


'Africa Health Forum 2013: Finance and Capacity for Results': Big questions were raised about getting the best results in health and development at the World Bank’s Africa Development Forum 2013. The event brought together Ministers of Finance and Health from some 30 African countries to explore effective and creative ways to ensure the future health of the continent.

The role of the private sector in moving towards universal coverage: More than 120 million people in Pakistan pay out of pocket for needed health care services. As a result, many are at risk of catastrophic expenditures that lead to a downward spiral of poverty or the possibility of becoming indebted for life. Heartfile Health Financing is trying to change this picture, by actively seeking patients who are at risk.

Universal Coverage: A Noble Goal that Demands Complex and Difficult Choices: William Hsiao, K.T. Li Professor of Economics at Harvard School of Public Health, presents on the complexity of achieving universal health coverage.

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