Tag: financing

Why the Netherlands must invest more in development cooperation and global health

In a petition, Dutch organisations, including Wemos, call on the Dutch government to increase their investments in development cooperation and global health during the next government term (2021-2025). Diseases are borderless, and this has become even more evident with the Covid-19 pandemic. It is therefore crucial that countries worldwide work together to make the world a safer, healthier place. Sign the petition if you support our call!

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Invest in health systems strengthening to effectively respond to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly exposed the cracks in health systems worldwide – but particularly in low-income countries, e.g. in African countries. Our partner organisations in Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda shared their concerns about developments on national level, such as the lack of information on COVID-19, health workforce shortages, and disruption of key essential and emergency services including for sexual and reproductive health. We have incorporated these concerns, together with our analysis of COVID-19 and health systems, and our recommendations, in a new joint position paper.

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2019: our eventful year in review!

We are proud to present Wemos’ year overview 2019. As last year also marked our 40th anniversary, it was a special year that gave us the opportunity to look back on our history, and see how far we’ve come as an organisation. Want to find out about our programmes’ achievements, many media appearances, new collaborations and how we celebrated our 40th birthday? Head on over to our new interactive document!

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Don’t underestimate the gap!

Mariëlle Bemelmans

As the Covid-19 was starting to make its way around the world, just having started in China and the first cases appearing in Thailand, there never was a better time to speak about universal health coverage (UHC) and how to accelerate progress towards achieving this everywhere in the world. The Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC), an annual global gathering focusing on policy-related health issues that took place in Bangkok on Jan 28-Feb 2, facilitated this discussion, focussing on ‘Accelerating Progress Towards Universal Health Coverage’. Director Mariëlle Bemelmans was invited to participate as a panellist in the session ‘Making and Using (Fiscal) Space for UHC’. In her blog she tells about her experience and our ideas on how fiscal space should be used to bridge the still very large funding gap for achieving the world-wide health targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

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The answer to pandemics? Strong public health systems

Finance for Health team

Covid-19 demands a rapid response, while investing in public health systems is as important as ever. International financial institutions like the World Bank therefore need to see these uncertain times as the prime opportunity to take measures aimed at social protection, strong public services, decent work, tax justice, and progressive financing of social sectors – thereby strengthening health systems. Because after all this, we cannot go back to business as usual.

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Is blended finance the key to health and development?

Barbara Fienieg

How can we better align our spending and finance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS)? This was one of the central questions at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) third high-level annual conference ‘Private Finance for Sustainable Development’, held in Paris on January 29th 2020. On January 28th, I participated as a panelist in an expert discussion on blended finance in the health sector preceding this conference.

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Accelerating progress towards UHC at PMAC 2020

What are some challenges and trends for the next decade in accelerating progress towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC)? How can we move from commitment to action? These (and related) questions will be discussed from Jan 28-Feb 2 at the Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) in Bangkok, an annual international conference focusing on policy-related health issues. The theme of the conference is ‘Accelerating Progress Towards Universal Health Coverage’. Wemos’ director Mariëlle Bemelmans is invited to participate as a panelist in a session on ‘Making and Using (Fiscal) Space for UHC’.

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Wemos endorsed the Kampala Declaration

Is aid stabilizing or overcoming an unfair global trade regime? Is it distorting or supporting national health systems? Is civil society represented and heard in global processes? How can we move from aid to global solidarity beyond aid? These were some of the tough questions that civil society from various countries discussed last October and November as part of the ‘Kampala Initiative’. Wemos proudly endorses an important milestone of this initiative, the Kampala Declaration, released on January 27th.

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This was the year 2019: our highlights

What an eventful year it has been. 2019 was filled with collaborations, workshops, new publications, media moments, and mutual learning sessions. And it was the anniversary year in which we looked back on 40 years of our work in protecting global public health. We’re ready for 2020!

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