‘Silver bullet’ on its way to being reality Mkhize tells parliamentarians

According to the parliamentary portfolio committee on health, the National Health Insurance scheme is Dr Zweli Mkhize’s “silver bullet” to ensure that rich and poor have equal access to healthcare. The Parliamentary Communication Services has announced that the Portfolio Committee on Health has een briefed by the Health Department on its annual performance plan and budget for the 2019/20 financial year. The committee said South … Continue reading ‘Silver bullet’ on its way to being reality Mkhize tells parliamentarians

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Shortage of nursing staff makes NHI impossible — AfriForum

The civil rights organisation AfriForum says in a report on the Politicsweb site that the critical and increasing shortage of nursing staff in South Africa is a fatal weak point in the pursuit to put the intended National Health Insurance (NHI) into practice. AfriForum says: “It was recently reported that various problems – especially the retirement of older nursing staff – are threatening … Continue reading Shortage of nursing staff makes NHI impossible — AfriForum

China to share primary health care experience during WHA: official

During the upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA), China will share its decades' experience and lessons in providing the people with primary health care service, which in its essence has centered around a host of people's-health-first policies and measures, the Chinese delegation to WHA said in Geneva on Saturday. Above all, China's experience is that the … Continue reading China to share primary health care experience during WHA: official

China’s health system reforms: review of 10 years of progress

China’s rapid economic growth over the past 40 years was accompanied by emerging health problems such as non-communicable diseases, an ageing population, and rising expectations about health. Difficulties with health financing, healthcare delivery, and public health made health service reform urgent. This BMJ collection with Peking University analyses the achievements and challenges of the 2009 … Continue reading China’s health system reforms: review of 10 years of progress

Moving Together to Build a Healthier World: Key Asks from the UHC Movement UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage

The UN High-Level Meeting (UN HLM) on UHC is a major opportunity to mobilise the highest political support for UHC as the cornerstone to achieving SDG3 and uniting other health agendas under a common theme. To deliver impact at the UN HLM, it is critical to identify how the Political Declaration can create an agenda … Continue reading Moving Together to Build a Healthier World: Key Asks from the UHC Movement UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage

Next steps towards universal health coverage call for global leadership

Gerald Bloom and colleagues argue that the G20 is uniquely placed to facilitate crucial actions to accelerate progress towards universal health coverage Universal health coverage (UHC) has been identified as a priority for international development by the G20, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations General Assembly. Since it was explicitly incorporated into the sustainable … Continue reading Next steps towards universal health coverage call for global leadership

Civil society engagement in universal health coverage

Achieving universal health coverage in a country is an ambitious, but transformative, goal. Communities are essential to the AIDS response and will be essential to the successful roll out of universal health coverage (UHC). When national governments establish a committee to coordinate UHC, it is important to ensure that all relevant communities are involved—civil society, … Continue reading Civil society engagement in universal health coverage