Tag: UHC

Turning the health workforce crisis into opportunity

This week, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs published its Youth, Education & Employment Strategy, ‘Youth at Heart’. With this strategy, for which we provided input last summer, the Dutch government aims to invest in more perspective for young people in the Sahel, Horn of Africa and Middle-East and North Africa (MENA) regions, with a focus on education and employment. In our opinion, investing in health worker jobs for these regions’ young populations would both improve their career opportunities and future, while at the same time tackle the large health workers shortage that many of these countries face.

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A strong health system is a prerequisite for sexual and reproductive health and rights

Access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) has still not been achieved in many countries and regions. For example, in Africa, 24.2% of women of reproductive age have an unmet need for family planning. SRHR can only be supported and enabled in a country with a strong, responsive and well-functioning health system. This health system should be sustainably financed, and properly staffed with sufficient and skilled health workers. In our short paper, we explain why a strong health system is a prerequisite for SRHR.

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Biomedical R&D: how can we do better for women and children?

If we want to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS), we will need to do better for women and children. They are disproportionately exposed to poverty-related and neglected diseases. How can biomedical Research & Development (R&D) and policy improve this (gender) gap? Director Mariëlle Bemelmans will join a panel discussion on this topic at the event ‘Healthcare, Gender and Inclusive R&D: How can we do better for women and children?’, jointly organized by DNDi, FIND, IAVI, IPM, MMV and TB Alliance, at 7AM in The Hague on February 13th.

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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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The warm heart of Africa

Valeria Huisman

Looking down from the plane, I see a vast green landscape. A house here and there, and beautiful mountains in the background. It is my first glance of “the warm heart of Africa” as Malawi is affectionately called. I feel excited. In the days ahead I will visit health facilities and talk to nurses, midwives and other health workers, to hear about their experiences first hand. As Wemos’ communication manager I of course know of the challenges in the Malawian health system; the facts, numbers, and graphs, all leaning to the wrong side of the balance. But, being there, seeing, hearing, sensing the personal stories; it will make a big impact on me.

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How healthy is a ‘healthy’ economy? A closer look into SDG goals

To realise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) everywhere, governments should abandon Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth as a policy objective and place more emphasis on SDG17 on global co-operation. That is one of the main conclusions of the paper ‘ ‘How healthy is a ‘healthy economy’? Incompatibility between current pathways towards SDG3 and SDG8’ by Wemos’ global health advocates Mariska Meurs, Lisa Seidelmann and Myria Koutsoumpa, published today in the academic journal Globalization & Health.

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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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A day’s worth of inspiration at our 40th anniversary congress

With great enthusiasm and pride we welcomed many to our 40th anniversary congress ‘Global Health, everybody’s concern and everybody’s business, in COMM in The Hague last Friday. With various attendees – from our co-founders and partner organisations, to policy makers and students – we discussed 40 years of advocating the right to health worldwide, the current changes in the global health landscape and of course, the challenges ahead. What an inspiring day!

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