40 years ago today, a group of medical students united to focus on global public health. Since then, we have grown into an international lobbying organisation that is strongly committed to advocating the right to health for all.
How can Africa accelerate progress towards Universal Health Coverage? From March 5-7, world leaders, policy makers, civil society, the private sector, experts and youth advocates will discuss this pressing question at the Africa Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC) in Kigali (Rwanda). In collaboration with the Health Systems Advocacy Partnership (HSAP), Wemos will co-host a session on civil society with HSAP-partners Amref, ACHEST, HAI, and the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism of UHC2030 (CSEM).
The start of the new year calls for some reflection. This is why we have compiled an overview of our highlights of 2018. We are proud of the results of our work for health for all. Have a look!
Each year on December 12th – Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day – advocates of UHC gather and raise their voices to call for more action to realize health for all without causing financial hardship. Wemos has joined this call with an interactive webinar and a new factsheet about public finance targets for UHC.
The granting of supplementary protection certificates for new medicines must be reformed. This is our message in a letter to Minister Bruins (Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport), signed by Wemos, Aidsfonds, Commons Network, the Dutch Pharmaceutical Accountability Foundation, Health Action International (HAI) and the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO).
Despite efforts to increase the number of trained health workers, Malawi still has a large health workforce shortage. Wemos’ new report on financing for health in Malawi shows that insufficient funding is the major factor contributing to this shortage.
How can we deal with ethical dilemmas in global health? Come and join the discussion on November 9th with Dr. Ann Phoya (President of the Association of Malawian Midwives) and others at the NTVG Symposium ‘Human resources, research and rights’ in De Rode Hoed in Amsterdam. Wemos will be co-organizing the event, together with NVTG, Uniting Streams and TROIE.
In an open letter, endorsed by over 50 civil society organizations, Wemos calls on the Global Financing Facility (GFF) to address four priority areas to improve women’s, adolescents’ and children’s health and lives. The letter was sent in anticipation of the replenishment event of the GFF, which takes place on November 6th in Oslo, Norway.
What should we fear more in the Netherlands: a terrorist attack or a new infectious disease outbreak? According to insect expert Bart Knols we should fear an outbreak. On the fourth edition of the Global Health Café, which Wemos co-hosts, medical experts and health policy experts will discuss prevention and management of epidemics.
The new website of the Health Workers For All Coalition is online now. The coalition, currently consisting of 28 members – one of which is Wemos – seeks to give civil society a platform and voice to ensure access to health workers for all worldwide.