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UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE NEWS

NIGERIA NEWS
Ortom’s rage amid issues in Benue’s index case
Guardian, 21 May 2020
Benue State does not fall within the bracket of states with a high number of persons confirmed positive for the dreaded coronavirus. Although the state has less than 10 cases, it came into national consciousness over the profile of its index case, a recent returnee from the United Kingdom.
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Anambra to unveil health scheme for rural dwellers — Commissioner
Vanguard, 22 May 2020
The Anambra State Government says it plans to unveil a comprehensive health package that will cater to the health needs of rural dwellers.
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Expect more cases of Coronavirus in Lagos — Abayomi
Vanguard, 21 May 2020
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi on Thursday, said following the ramp-up of laboratory testing and the diversification of sample collection centres in the state, Lagosians should expect an increase in the number of cases that will be reported in the state in the next few weeks.
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Knocks, kudos greet ‘Eko Telemed’
Punch, 17 May 2020
Patients who use the Lagos State Government owned ‘Eko Telemed’ platform have expressed diverse opinion about the virtual medical consultation service.
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Sit-at-home to avoid harassment from security agents – Lagos NMA tells Doctors
Vanguard, 20 May 2020
Following the arrest of 50 health workers in Lagos on Tuesday, the Lagos state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Wednesday ordered its members to sit-at-home in order to avoid further embarrassment from security agents.
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For Makoko women, surviving childbirth is a game of chance
Punch, 17 May 2020
Faced with no functional hospital for decades, women in Lagos fishing slum transit between ill-equipped floating ‘hospital’ in the dirtiest of environments and far-flung government facilities that are always too crowded for comfort.
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GLOBAL NEWS
The world needs WHO now, more than ever
WHO, 18 May 2020
COVID-19 threatens us all, whoever we are, wherever we live. Now more than ever, the
Insurers move to tackle COVID-19 impacts via research funding
The Guardian, 18 May 2020
Operators in the nation’s insurance industry have revealed plans to address the impact of COVID-19 pandemic through research funding geared toward curtailing the spread of the disease across the continents.
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Historic health assembly ends with global commitment to COVID-19 response
WHO, 19 May 2020
At today’s meeting of the 73rd World Health Assembly —its first-ever to be held virtually—delegates adopted a landmark resolution to bring the world together to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Commonwealth health ministers agree to share advice and solutions in coronavirus battle
CNBC Africa, 20 May 2020
Ministers endorsed removing fees for coronavirus tests and treatment, especially for migrants and refugees, as appropriate within national contexts, and creating a voluntary mechanism to share and distribute extra medical supplies including ventilators and testing kits.
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The United States is Continuing to Lead the Humanitarian and Health Assistance Response to COVID-19
Relief web, 19 May 2020
Through the American people’s generosity and the U.S. Government’s action, the United States continues to demonstrate global leadership in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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UNAIDS and civil society helping stranded people living with HIV
UNAIDS, 22 May 2020
Bilali Camara, the UNAIDS Country Director for India, immediately followed up with his peer in Angola. The UNAIDS Country Director for Angola, Michel Kouakou, guided Mr Sing towards the national AIDS institute, which organized a conference call with a medical doctor because one of the medicines that Mr Sing took is not yet in use in Angola.
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Africa’s fight against coronavirus is a mixed bag (2)
Punch, 22 May 2020
Generally, financing healthcare in Africa has been the proverbial elephant in the room. At the African Union’s Heads of State summit in 2001, members pledged to allocate at least 15 per cent of their annual budgets to improving the health sector,
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WHO and UNHCR join forces to improve health services for refugees, displaced and stateless people
WHO, 21 May 2020
The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency today signed a new agreement to strengthen and advance public health services for the millions of forcibly displaced people around the world.
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ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS
Medicare for All vs Single Payer: Do You Know the Difference?
Medscape, 18 May 2020
Vasan, a primary care internist at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York, said that if the country had single payer health insurance, choosing a covered medication would be less of an issue. The resident supported the idea of single payer, but expressed dislike for Medicare for All
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Who leads the response against COVID-19 in aid organizations?
Devex, 18 May 2020

The coronavirus has disrupted the aid industry. Donors and aid organizations are finding ways to effectively respond to the crisis, which has now affected over 200 countries and territories, with over 4.5 million confirmed cases and over 300,000 deaths globally.
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Innovate to Overcome: Financing Health Systems Against NCDs
Pro Share, 20 May 2020
Low- to middle-income countries (LMICs) are disproportionately affected by NCDs. An estimated 97m people (or 1.4 percent of the world's population) fell below the poverty line because of out-of-pocket healthcare spending in 2010. A lack of investment in NCDs will contribute towards an estimated global financial loss of $47tn in GDP from 2011 to 2025.
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Want to help doctors and nurses? Invest in health systems
Devex, 18 May 2020
The world’s health care workers — 70% of which are women — are key to achieving universal health coverage and guaranteeing global health security. Yet the World Health Organization predicts a shortfall of 18 million health care workers by 2030.
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Implementing strategic purchasing to contribute to progress towards universal health coverage in Africa
WHO, May 2020
The World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Strategic Purchasing Africa Resource Centre (SPARC) organized a pre-conference workshop at the 5 th African Health Economics and Policy Association Conference
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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): Situation Report - 122 (21 May 2020)
Relief web, 22 May 2020
The WHO World Health Assembly has ended with a global commitment to the COVID-19 response. Delegates adopted a landmark resolution to bring the world together to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
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UPDATES AND EVENTS
WHO webinar on Maintaining blood supply and safety and collecting convalescent plasma during the COVID-19 pandemic
WHO, 27 May 2020
WHO launched an Action Framework to advance universal access to safe, effective and quality-assured blood products 2020–2023 (Action Framework) on 27 February 2020.  The Action Framework aims to provide strategic direction to global efforts to address present barriers to the safety and availability of blood products.
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Whatever you can give counts
WHO, 10 April 2020
Individuals and organizations who want to help fight the pandemic and support WHO and partners can now donate through the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO.
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World No Tobacco Day – 31 May 2020
WHO, 31 May 2020
Protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use
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73rd World Health Assembly
WHO, 18 – 19 May 2020
The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. This year, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the 73rd World Health Assembly will be virtual.
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