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PREVIOUS INSIGHTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

PREVIOUS INSIGHTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Could self-care interventions boost UHC’s reach?

Self-care interventions, such as home HIV testing, could increase UHC by lessening the workload for health workers, and reaching people who either can’t access or don’t want to come into health facilities.

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What is the ‘new normal’ for UHC?

COVID-19 calls for a renewed and urgent focus on specific public health actions as the first step towards UHC, claims a World Bank blog. This includes special attention to common goods for health, such as disease surveillance, laboratories and diagnosis, and behaviour-change communication.

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Equity and accountability are vital for preventing pandemics

Access to quality healthcare, free at the point of use for everyone, has proven to be a game changer for countries’ ability to contain infectious disease outbreaks, according to Chatham House

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US withdrawal from WHO undermines UHC

As the largest funder of the WHO, the US government’s decision to stop funding the organisation represents a significant blow to UHC, which lies at the heart of the WHO’s work.

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Global health security is every company’s business

The business community is increasingly recognizing that global health security and emergency preparedness are not only essential for conducting business but also for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG 3.8 (UHC).

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Post-crisis health financing opportunity

Countries have an opportunity to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis with more resilient health financing for UHC if they use the recovery phase of the pandemic to rethink their policies on a ‘roll back, roll out, drive forward’ basis, argues a World Bank blog.

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Political leadership essential for UHC

A study of 11 countries across the globe, carried out by the World Bank and the Government of Japan, has found that political leadership and long-term commitment are essential for the success of UHC, together with two other key factors.

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Call for G20 to step up to the plate

As the biggest providers of development assistance for health and UHC, the G20 states should collaborate more closely to establish common monitoring mechanisms, create mutual learning platforms, and harmonise their aid, argues the British Medical Journal.

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Time to focus on outcomes?

UHC can be achieved, says the World Economic Forum, but the emphasis needs to shift from paying for health services to paying for patient-centric health outcomes, amongst other recommendations.

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1% increase in GDP spend needed

Countries need to increase their spending on primary health care by at least 1% of GDP if the world is to close glaring coverage gaps and meet the health targets agreed under the SDGs, claims the WHO’s latest Global Monitoring Report on UHC.

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The $500 billion out-of-pocket problem

People in developing countries spend half a trillion dollars annually — over $80 per person — out of their own pockets to access health services, according to a new report by the World Bank Group.

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