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  • July 26, 2017

    Photo essay: extending health coverage in hard-to-reach areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with Nigeria, bears 40% of the global malaria burden. This preventable and curable illness, along with pneumonia and diarrhoea, can be deadly for children under 5 if treatment is not available. In DRC's remote Tanganyika Province, WHO's Rapid Access Expansion Programme is helping the Ministry of Public Health to train and support community health workers to diagnose and treat these diseases and decrease preventable child deaths.   View the photo essay here.

  • July 10, 2017

    Innovations from BRICS countries on people-centred health reforms at 70th World Health Assembly

    On 24 May at the 70th World Health Assembly, a group of large emerging economies referred to as the “BRICS countries” – which includes Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa – convened at a side event sponsored by China. The aim: to share experiences and innovations on people-centred reforms as a cornerstone to making progress towards universal health coverage, using the WHO Framework on integrated people-centred health services as a basis for discussion. The countries have made progress towards universal health coverage over the years, improving access to quality health services while also lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. With this, they have amassed a wealth of experience on service delivery reforms from which other countries can draw valuable lessons. Full text available on WHO website.

  • July 10, 2017

    WHO launches Global Service Delivery Network for universal health coverage

    A global network aimed at supporting the implementation of the WHO Framework on integrated people-centred health services (IPCHS) has been established by the WHO Service Delivery and Safety Department. The WHO Global Service Delivery Network (GSDN) was launched on 20 June in Almaty, Kazakhstan, alongside the first Primary Health Care Advisory Group meeting to the WHO Regional Director/EURO and WHO inter-regional hospitals meeting. The first meeting of the GSDN took place on 22 June and convened an initial group of network members representing professional associations, civil society groups and other non-governmental organizations including: International Council of Nurses (ICN) International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) International Patients Alliance Organization (IAPO) International Hospital Federation (IHF) Primary Health Care Performance Initiative (PHCPI) World Family Doctor (WONCA) World Public Health Association (WPHA) Network members had the opportunity to meet, discuss and provide input on ways of moving the network forward. The WHO Global ...

  • July 10, 2017

    New WHO advisory group launched in Almaty to shape the future of primary health care

    Experts convened in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on 20–21 June 2017 for the inaugural meeting of the Primary Health Care Advisory Group. The WHO Regional Director for Europe launched the Advisory Group to advance primary health care in the WHO European Region. At its first meeting, the Advisory Group engaged in discussions on the readiness and responsiveness of primary health care to embrace future health and social needs. The need for transformation and new relationships In her opening remarks, WHO Regional Director for Europe Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab thanked the Government of Kazakhstan for its generosity and leadership, which has made possible unique platforms such as the Advisory Group. The WHO European Centre for Primary Health Care, which is hosted in Almaty by the Government of Kazakhstan, is the Secretariat of the Advisory Group. Dr Jakab reminded participants of the essence of the visionary Alma-Ata Declaration of 1978, which emphasized the need ...

  • July 6, 2017

    Blog: Building the learning agenda on quality - Spotlight on the Global Learning Laboratory for Quality UHC

    This blog was authored by Nana A Mensah Abrampah with contributions from Melissa Kleine-Bingham and the WHO Global Learning Laboratory Team. Improving the delivery of quality health services is messy! Vast amounts of knowledge and experience are generated daily. We need to help capture this knowledge and experience – both the explicit knowledge that can be easily identified, captured and transferred as well as the tacit knowledge that is often difficult to identify, capture and transfer. We cannot assume that knowledge generated at the local level will spread through the various structures at the sub-national and national level to inform national-level direction and eventually lead to global dialogue and action. Indeed, the majority of new knowledge generated never spreads and instead stays confined to small teams with big experience. Globally, countries are struggling to capture and learn from different approaches undertaken to improve the quality of care in diverse settings. To ...

  • July 6, 2017

    Blog: Developing a national quality plan through a participatory approach - Lessons from Colombia

    This blog was authored by Germán Escobar Morales, MD. MPH; Chief of the Office of Quality of Care, Ministry of Health and Social Protection, Republic of Colombia. I work at the Ministry of Health and Social Protection in Colombia as Chief of the Office for Quality of Care. The office is in charge of designing the national quality policy and monitoring coverage of the entire health care system. Colombia’s health care system provides universal health coverage, with one of the largest financial protection systems (among developing countries) for its users, across the world. In Colombia, health system out-of-pocket expenditure accounts for just 14% of total health expenses, with the remainder being funded almost entirely by the Government. However, despite the system’s accomplishments, the Ministry of Health, over the last five years, has initiated a necessary reform of structural and functional improvements of the system, in order to ...

  • July 6, 2017

    New WHO video: What is people-centred care?

    What is people-centred care and why does it matter? View this new WHO video to learn more. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj-AvTOdk2Q  Globally, 1 in 20 people still lacks access to essential health services that could be delivered at a primary care clinic instead of a hospital. Where services are accessible, they can be fragmented and of poor quality. WHO is supporting countries to progress towards universal health coverage by designing health systems for people instead of diseases and health institutions, so that everyone gets the right care, at the right time, in the right place.  

  • June 13, 2017

    Launch of WHO Bulletin theme issue on "Measuring Quality of Care"

    Global and national efforts to meet the health Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expanded basic healthcare coverage to tackle infectious diseases and child mortality. These efforts achieved some success. However, a focus beyond healthcare coverage is now needed. If the global community is to reach SDG 3, which aims to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, it must address a critical issue: the quality of health care. In June 2017 the WHO Bulletin launched a theme issue on quality of care in the era of SDGs. The papers of the theme issue provide a glimpse into the current landscape of quality of care research in low- and middle-income countries. They make a strong case for investing in more and better data on health system quality, an area where countries must lead but where development partners can also add critical value through the production of public goods ...

  • April 10, 2017

    Health closer to home: transforming care in the Solomon Islands

    (Feature story originally posted by the World Health Organization: http://who.int/features/2017/health-solomon-islands/en/)  Imagine spending your entire weekly food budget on an hours-long truck ride along a bumpy, dusty dirt road in tropical heat to reach the nearest hospital. Now imagine doing it pregnant. Six times. That’s the journey Judith Olivia has made to deliver each of her children, from the remote village of Malatoha in the Solomon Islands to the National Referral Hospital in the capital, Honiara. The closest health clinic to Malatoha is six hours’ walk away, in the town of Belaha, but Ms Olivia says she feels safer in the hands of doctors in Honiara. "If there was a doctor at Belaha clinic, I would go there to have my children," she says. "It's much easier for me to go there, but right now I’m not confident that the health workers ...

  • March 16, 2017

    IFMSA hosts Youth Caucus on NCDs and adopts the Budva Youth Declaration: A Call to Action on Noncommunicable Diseases

    Blog originally posted by the International Federation of Medical Students Association on https://ifmsa.org/2017/03/16/ifmsa-hosts-youth-caucus-ncds-adopts-budva-youth-declaration-call-action-noncommunicable-diseases/  Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) represent one of the greatest health threats of our century. NCDs are responsible for around 70% of the worlds deaths, of which more than 40% are premature. In IFMSA, we find it crucial to take urgent action to prevent and control NCDs, to ensure our health systems can appropriately manage and treat patients and it is imperative that medical students are trained in all aspects of this increasingly critical challenge of our generation. Last week, IFMSA hosted an NCD Youth Caucus in Budva, Montenegro, engaging medical students from all parts of the world to increase awareness and encourage advocacy and meaningful youth participation at all levels of society. The NCD Youth Caucus was an official pre-dialogue meeting prior to the Global Dialogue meeting organized by the WHO Noncommunicable ...