Tag: governance

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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Discussing Public Private Partnerships at The World of Health Care

In today’s global health landscape, Public Private Partnerships, or PPPs, are continuosly being formed to tackle some of the most pressing challenges of our era, that indeed call for a multi-sectoral approach and sustained collaboration between all actors. Wemos is actively involved in the debate around the role of PPPs in achieving Universal Health Coverage. For example during the World of Health Care ‘congresstival’ that took place in Rotterdam on september 26th, where we co-organized a panel discussion on the role of PPPs in preventing epidemics.

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Wemos’ input for the Youth, Education and Employment strategy of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFa) is developing a strategy to invest in better future prospects for young people, with a focus on education and work. Young people (15-35 years) in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa and the MENA (Middle East and Northern Africa) regions are the target group. As Wemos, we gave our input on this subject during the consultation round that MoFa ran from half of July until the 30th of August. The final strategy on Youth, Education and Employment is yet to be published.

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The importance of investing in health care: Wemos in Vice Versa

The issue of creating jobs in a decent and fair way is one of the most pressing global challenges of our era. This is Vice Versa’s – journalism platform on global development – main message of their special jobs report “The World of Work”, published last week. Our director Mariëlle Bemelmans highlights the specific concerns related to this urgent and complex dilemma for the health care sector: “Governments and donors need to realize the importance of investing in healthcare, including the creation of employment opportunities.”

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Renée de Jong

While Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as initiated by the World Health Organization is a promising concept, I remain critical about the current ambitions in the declaration of the High-Level Meeting on UHC at the United Nations Headquarters in September. The vision is there, but what intrigues me, is what remains unsaid. In this era where global inequalities are bigger than ever[1], I believe it is time to do some thinking outside of the box on how we will fund our healthcare.

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Our key takeaways from the 72nd World Health Assembly

Winne van Woerden

Last month in Geneva, from 22-28 May, the 72th World Health Assembly (WHA) took place, an annually returning event where World Health Organization (WHO) delegates convene to discuss health-related issues. Several global health advocates travelled to Switzerland to represent Wemos at the WHA and present some of our work to other delegates. Two of them – Lisa Seidelmann and Amanda Banda – look back on their visit and their key takeaways.

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Wemos Dr Lisa Seidelmann GFF Spring Meetings 2019 Civil Society Policy Forum

After the replenishment: How is the Global Financing Facility addressing civil society’s concerns?

Myria Koutsoumpa & Lisa Seidelmann

Is the Global Financing Facility (GFF) addressing civil society’s critical concerns after the replenishment in November? Wemos sought an answer to this question at our fruitful session in April at the Civil Society Policy Forum, at the 2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C.

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Wilbert Bannenberg Wemos

19 March 1979 – the start of Wemos

Wilbert Bannenberg

In early March 1979, I – Wilbert Bannenberg, an intern doctor at the time – put a notice on the bulletin board of the Faculty of Medicine at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. I was looking for other students with whom to discuss working as a doctor in low- and middle-income countries. On 19 March 1979, around 20 people gathered in my student room on the second floor of Van Woustraat 47.

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