Tag: health systems

Three ways to achieve sustainable financing for social health protection

By Mariëlle Bemelmans (director at Wemos) and Myria Koutsoumpa (global health advocate at Wemos)

At Wemos, we believe more in systems change than in addressing single-targeted issues to effectively enhance health equity. Therefore, we were delighted that the Belgian development agency Enabel – who focuses on (among others) health systems strengthening – invited us to speak at the ‘International conference on social health protection’ in Niamey, Niger (10-13 May). We shared our thoughts on sustainable financing for health and social protection with representatives from ten African countries, bi- and multilateral institutions, academic institutions and civil society actors.

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71th World Health Assembly of the WHO

Our appreciation of the AIV advice on the Dutch global health strategy

We are pleased with the sound advice from the Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV) on the Dutch Global Health Strategy the Dutch government is developing. We do, however, see some points of attention. In our appreciation of the advice, we make suggestions to take along in the development. We want to ensure that the strategy is ambitious, fair and coherent, and that health as a human right takes precedence over political and economic interests.

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Join the launch of Pillars of Health on May 20

On May 20th, Wemos and partner organisations will launch the Pillars of Health coalition and website during our online interactive event in the European Public Health Association’s (EUPHA) European Public Health Week. Together with panelists, we will discuss the maldistribution of health workers in the European Union and neighbouring countries, and how Pillars of Health and its coalition aims to contribute to a solution. Join our event to learn how to get involved in our coalition!

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Improving healthcare, but for whom? Studying the International Finance Corporation’s investments in health

A new study by Wemos shows the need for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to increase its focus on health equity, ensuring that their private investments in healthcare promote equitable and universal access. As the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, the IFC is a major development actor. Between 2017 and 2021, their investments in health increased. They focus on improving quality and availability of health services and products, but almost never consider whether everyone can access them. Only one of the 88 IFC projects in health in this period mentions equitable access as an expected development impact.

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What we need for equitable access to healthcare: public financing for the public good

By Marco Angelo, global health advocate at Wemos

On World Health Day, we need to talk about solving a major threat for universal and equitable access to healthcare: commercialisation. Profit incentives have become dominant in health service delivery in many countries. A focus on profit makes these services too expensive for poorer populations and does not necessarily lead to addressing the most urgent medical needs. To achieve universal and equitable access, governments and multilateral organisations and funds should prioritise public financing of healthcare systems for the public good.

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ACT-A: put words into action to combat Covid-19

ACT-A, the global collaboration to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, can and must do more to effectively combat this international health crisis. It must use its leverage to significantly improve equitable access to vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics, and establish adequate funding of health systems in order to implement these commodities. Wemos fully supports the urgent recommendations on these matters of the Platform for Civil Society and Community Representatives to ACT-A. Also, we are proud that our global health advocate Amanda Banda was selected to be civil society representative to ACT-A’s Health Systems Connector.

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Health security and equity should be a public priority

The World Bank’s fund for the poorest countries – the International Development Association’s (IDA) – should help close the global Covid-19 vaccination gap as soon as possible, while also supporting systemic changes to further universal access in the long run, and prioritise investment in public (not private) healthcare delivery. These are some of our recommendations in our new position paper for IDA20, the upcoming 20th replenishment of the funds of IDA.

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Launch EU Health Workforce Projects Cluster: how can we manage medical deserts?

During the webinar ‘How to effectively manage medical deserts, task shifting and retention policies?’ on September 20th, the EU Health Policy Forum will officially launch its Health Workforce Projects Cluster. One of the five projects within this cluster is the Wemos-led project Action for Health and Equity: Addressing medical Deserts (AHEAD). At the webinar, Corinne Hinlopen (Wemos) will introduce AHEAD and explain how the project partners want to address health worker shortages in isolated or depopulated areas, known as ‘medical deserts’.

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