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Moving Toward Universal Health Coverage

May 2014 (Issue 5)


Principle Meets Pragmatism on Universal Health Coverage

Principle Meets Pragmatism on Universal Health Coverage. {Photo credit: Brooke Huskey/MSH}
Last week at the 67th World Health Assembly, “the World Health Organization (WHO) proposed a global goal of achieving universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030—specified by, among others, a target of at least 80 percent coverage with key health services,” MSH’s Jonathan Jay blogs. “Here’s the problem: WHO itself defines UHC as everyone receiving the good-quality services they need without financial hardship. How could just 80 percent suffice?”


Lessons in Resilience: Creating Stability and Universal Access to Care in Rwanda’s Health System

Lessons in Resilience: Creating Stability and Universal Access to Care in Rwanda’s Health System. {Photo credit: Todd Shapera.}
In 1998, just four years after the genocide, the new Rwandan government launched an ambitious plan to move the nation from a state ravaged by war to a middle-income country by 2020. Central to this plan was health equality—equal access and equal quality of care for all Rwandans—not a simple goal for the most developed countries, let alone one emerging from conflict. Now, Rwanda is one of the few countries on track to meet or exceed all five health-related Millennium Development Goals.



Improving Medicines Benefit Management for Universal Health Coverage Programs:
A Conversation with Kwesi Eghan

"Although implementing medicines benefits management is a challenging task, UHC programs must strike a difficult balance between equitable access and affordable expenditure at the household and system levels," says Kwesi Eghan, MSc, MBA, BPharm, Portfolio Manager for the Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program in South Sudan and the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) project in Afghanistan.

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Improving Medicines Benefit Management for Universal Health Coverage Programs: A Conversation with Kwesi Eghan.


What Will Universal Health Coverage Mean for Family Planning?

Hosted by MSH and The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) during the 2013 International Conference on Family Planning, this panel discussion highlights how UHC can support family planning in the post-2015 development agenda. Moderated by Fabio Castaño (MSH), with speakers, Alison Marshall (IPPF) and Hiwot Emishaw (MSH/Health for All Campaign in Africa), November 13, 2013.

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A Powerful Pair: Tobacco Taxes for Universal Health Coverage

Photo by World Health Organization, Part of the poster for World No Tobacco Day.
"The World Health Organization is calling on countries to raise taxes on tobacco for World No Tobacco Day 2014," blog MSH's Jonathan Jay and Chelsey Canavan on Devex. Jay and Canavan call it a "win-win," "because, unlike most public health interventions, they don’t cost governments money—they bring it in."

"Ratcheting up taxes would save lives."

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Saving Children’s Lives in the Lake Zone of Tanzania through Improved Malaria Medicine Management

Infographic: Strengthening Health Systems to Defeat Malaria
Funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and led by University Research Co., LLC, with MSH and partners, the Tibu Homa (“treat fever” in Swahili) project is working with the Government of Tanzania to ensure that effective commodities and medicines for the diagnosis and treatment of malaria are available and health workers are trained in their use throughout the Lake Region.


MSH at the 67th World Health Assembly

At the 67th World Health Assembly (WHA67) in Geneva, we co-convened three side events focusing on the role of UHC, chronic diseases, and governance for health in the post-2015 framework, and sent six representatives as part of the 60-plus-person Global Health Council delegation. We also released a new mobile application on health governance.

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New Law in Uganda Likely to Set Back Gains Made in HIV & AIDS

MSH Joins NCD Alliance Steering Group

Health Workers, Patients Under Attack

Governance in the Spotlight: Youth as “Crucial Actors” for Health Sector Accountability Post-2015

A Note from
Dr. Jonathan Quick

A Note from Dr. Jonathan D. Quick. {Photo credit: Ben Greenberg/MSH}
Health is an integral part of our daily lives. Yet around the world—including in the US, where I live—health services can be uncertain, expensive, or unavailable.
To address these shortcomings, we at Management Sciences for Health (MSH) support universal health coverage (UHC), with the goal that all people should have access to the quality health services they need.

What Does it Take to Achieve Universal Health Coverage?

What Does It Take to Achieve Universal Health Coverage? {Photo credit: Todd Shapera.}

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Health for All:
The Campaign for Universal Health Coverage in Africa

Health for All: Campaign for Universal Health Coverage in Africa.
Funded by The Rockefeller Foundation and led by MSH, the Health for All campaign advocates for universal health coverage in Africa and supports UHC initiatives by the governments of Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Kenya.

Health for All: Ethiopia

Ethiopian Celebrity Game Show Promotes New Health Insurance Scheme

The Government of Ethiopia has committed to providing affordable health care services and achieving UHC through both Social Health Insurance and a new Community-Based Health Insurance schemes. To educate and promote awareness about these insurance schemes Health for All helped gather four Ethiopian celebrities to appear as featured contestants on a popular television game show.

Health for All: Kenya

Waking Up to Universal Health Coverage in Kenya

Endorsed by the Government of Kenya and given a seat on the Technical Working Group developing the integrated strategy toward UHC, Health for All is bringing together partners and stakeholders and working in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and National Health Insurance Agency. Health for All is also playing a crucial role in communication and popular mobilization.

Health for All: Nigeria

Health for All Co-hosts National Stakeholders Meeting on UHC in Nigeria

In Nigeria, Health for All is effectively collaborating with stakeholders to support the government move toward UHC, including co-hosting a media forum for journalists and a National Stakeholders Meeting.


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