WHO welcomes landmark UN declaration on universal health coverage

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This article was originally published by WHO here. Today world leaders adopted a high-level United Nations Political Declaration on universal health coverage (UHC), the most comprehensive set of health commitments ever adopted at this level. “This declaration represents a landmark for global health and development,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General at WHO. “The world … Continued

Nigeria: Health minister, Delta Governor say rising rates of maternal, infant mortality unacceptable

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This article was originally published in The Guardian (Nigeria) here. The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, and Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Thursday decried the “rising and unprecedented” rates of maternal and infant mortality in the country, and declared that the trend was “simply unacceptable”. The duo spoke at the opening ceremony of the … Continued

Reforms needed to achieve universal health coverage in Africa

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This article was originally published in The East African here. By Evelyn Lirri Achieving Universal Health Coverage remains a challenge and many countries in Africa may not meet the 2030 goals unless targeted reforms and policy shifts are undertaken, experts have warned. As part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, member countries agreed to … Continued

Ministry of Health of Rwanda, Society for Family Health Rwanda and Abbott Launch Pioneering Model of Primary Health Care Service Delivery

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This article was originally published by PR Newswire here. New initiative will provide vital primary care services within a 30-minute walk of all Rwandans’ homes. Health post workers will test and treat pregnant women for multiple infectious diseases that can have serious health consequences for both mothers and newborns if not diagnosed and treated early. … Continued

Gavi sets US$7.4 billion replenishment target

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This article was originally published in The Lancet here. By Ann Danaiya Usher In the next 5 years, Gavi aims to vaccinate 300 million children and will have a greater focus on building primary health-care systems. Ann Danaiya Usher reports. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance—a donor-financed alliance of public and private sector contributors that was established … Continued

WHO Director-General calls on world leaders to support Universal Health Coverage high-level meeting

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This article was originally published by the World Health Organization here. Statement by Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus I have just returned from a visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to review the response to the Ebola outbreak. I was reminded once again that Ebola is just one symptom … Continued

Nigeria: Kogi governor initiates free healthcare service for pregnant women

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This article was originally published on PM News Nigeria here. Gov. Yahaya Bello, of Kogi, has initiated free healthcare services for pregnant women as part of efforts to tackle the rising rates of maternal and infant mortality. Bello, at the inaugural ceremony of the service in Anyigba, Dekina Local Government Area, said that its aim … Continued

‘Catastrophic’ healthcare costs put mothers and newborns at risk

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This article was originally featured in the UN News here. In a new report highlighting how few of the world’s poorest pregnant women have a doctor, nurse or midwife at their side when they need them most, the UN Children’s Fund said that more than 800 women die every day from complications, while many more … Continued

Fifteen Innovators Get Funding from Saving Lives at Birth

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International Partnership Invests $7.3 Million to Accelerate Innovations that Prevent Maternal, Newborn Deaths and Stillbirth in the Hardest-to-Reach Regions of the World WASHINGTON, DC – After a rigorous review process and competition, 15 of the world’s most promising ideas to save lives at birth in developing countries have edged out over 550 other applicants, securing millions … Continued

In Nepal, a Monthly Exile for Women

New York Times Nepal

In remote western Nepal, where the Himalayas brush the sky, girls spend their childhoods as they have for generations, dreading growing up. Puberty starts a monthly exile. An entrenched, superstitious practice linked to Hinduism, Chaupadi, considers menstruating women impure and bad luck, rendering them untouchables. Menstruating women are banished, often to forests where they sleep … Continued