Policy & Systems


Are partnerships the key to making critical progress in Global Health?

When it comes to Global Health, there are a number of challenges that the global health community should be aware of and focused on. Many Read More

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Obstetric Care Navigation: A New Model for LMICs

“Son muy enojados.” They’re very angry. It’s a phrase I’ve heard time and time again interviewing indigenous Guatemalan women about their experiences of maternal health care Read More

Does Governance Help Achieve Universal Health Coverage?

I first heard about Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in 2010. At the time, I was working with a group of economists who had just returned Read More


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iHRIS Data Result in Savings for Kenya’s Kilifi County Health Sector

December 15, 2017 The county is now saving over $150,000 per year, thanks to data discrepancies revealed by iHRIS. In Kenya, the health workforce data provided through the integrated human resources information system (iHRIS) is turning fortunes around. When Kenya decentralized its health system management from one national hub to 47 individual county governments in 2013, young county departments of health found themselves struggling. They needed to identify, track, and monitor their workforces while facing looming staff shortages, labor disputes, and high recurrent expenditures in the form of salaries and allowances. Kilifi County was no exception

U.S. Global Water Strategy An ‘Important American Commitment’ To WASH Efforts

The Hill: Clean water should be our next global accomplishment Sarina Prabasi, U.S. chief executive of WaterAid; and Susan Barnett, founder of Faiths for Safe Water and Cause Communications “…Perhaps the most inconceivable water challenge is the absence of WASH — water/sanitation/hygiene — in of all places: health care facilities. … The links between dirty…More

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Why UHC Day Is a Call to Action for the World’s Youth

December 14, 2017 Our potential as advocates and partners in achieving universal health coverage is woefully untapped. It’s no accident that Universal Health Coverage Day — December 12 — falls on the heels of Human Rights Day.  Universal health coverage (UHC), the goal of ensuring that all people can access essential health services without exposure to financial hardship, is a dignity and a right not afforded to many around the world. Today, I remember Gabriel, a Panamanian boy half my age who first taught me how a fractured health system fails people. Where someone lives should never determine if they live.

At International Forum, Japan Pledges $2.9B To Help Countries Pursue UHC; U.N. SG Stresses Need…

Japan Times: Japan pledges $2.9 billion to support countries pursuing universal health coverage “Japan will contribute about $2.9 billion to programs combating infectious disease and treating young children in developing countries that are pursuing universal health coverage, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday at an international forum on the topic in Tokyo. … Abe made…More

Integrating Innovative Technologies Into Health Care Infrastructures Vital To Achieving UHC

Devex: Opinion: Business unusual — innovating for health systems of the future John Sargent, co-founder of BroadReach “…For [universal health coverage (UHC)] to become a reality, … the widespread adoption of innovative technology in the health care industry must become ‘business as usual.’ The transformative power of technology empowers providers and payers of health care…More

UNICEF’s Vaccine Independence Initiative Has Potential To Ensure All Children Have Access To…

HuffPost: An added boost to help countries ensure more children receive life-saving vaccines Orin Levine, director of vaccine delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…[UNICEF’s Vaccine Independence Initiative (VII)] is a key element in UNICEF’s supply financing portfolio. It provides technical support to governments and short-term bridge financing to help countries procure vaccines…More

Global Fund, Asian Development Bank Sign MoU To Help Countries Strengthen Health Systems In…

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Global Fund, ADB Sign MOU to Help Countries in Asia Strengthen Health Systems to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria “The Global Fund and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have signed a memorandum of understanding to support the financing, design, and implementation of country-led programs to fight HIV,…More

Democratic Republic of the Congo Tackles Ghost Workers, Mobilizes Resources for Real Health…

Photo by Morgana Wingard for USAID (CC BY-NC 2.0) December 13, 2017 Thanks to the power of data, government officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) discovered that 27% of health workers receiving government salaries and 42% of those receiving risk allowances in two large provinces—Kasaï Central and Kasaï—were ghost workers. In response, the Ministry of Public Health rapidly reallocated funds to cover 781 salaries and 2,613 risk allowances for real health workers, such as nurses and midwives who had previously been underpaid or uncompensated. Scarce resources make it challenging for the DRC to pay its public-sector health workers regular salaries. About half receive monthly stipends called “risk allowances” instead. And some subsist on informal means of compensation

U.N. General Assembly Adopts 2 Resolutions Calling On Member States To Work Toward Universal…

U.N. News Centre: U.N. Assembly calls on member states to ‘accelerate progress’ on goal of universal health coverage “The United Nations on Tuesday called for greater efforts on the part of its Member States to ensure universal health coverage, and designated 12 December as International Universal Health Coverage Day. In one of the two resolutions…More

Blog Post Discusses How Supporting Local Change Agents Can Advance UHC

Results for Development: Universal Health Coverage: How can we best support local change agents, whether they are in DC or Dhaka? Gina Lagomarsino, president and CEO of R4D, recognizes Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day, reflects on her experience working to expand health coverage in Washington, D.C. and applies lessons learned to a global context, and…More

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