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UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE NEWS

NIGERIA NEWS
Over 170 million Nigerians without health insurance
The Guardian, September 25, 2020
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and non-passage of the amended National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Act have further slowed uptake of health insurance packages and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Nigeria.
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Fayemi: I’ll Ensure Universal Health Coverage for Ekiti Citizens
This Day, September 22, 2020
The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has said the huge investment he is committing to the health sector would facilitate universal health coverage for all Ekiti citizens.
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Kano secures $1.1m grant from EU, Japan to cushion COVID-19 effects
Pulse, September 17, 2020
Kano State Government says it has secured $1.1 million grant from European Union and Japan through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to cushion the effects of COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
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COVID-19: Okowa decries poor financing of public healthcare
Vanguard, September 24, 2020
DELTA State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, Thursday, said that with an abysmal 0.5 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product, GDP in public health spending, Nigeria had one of the lowest public healthcare financing globally.
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NCDC, NIMR launch COVID-19 household seroprevalence surveys in Lagos, other States
Vanguard, September 22, 2020
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, and the Nigeria Institute for Medical Research, NIMR, and their partners are conducting household surveys in Lagos, Gombe, Enugu, and Nasarawa States towards having a better understanding of the burden of the COVID-19 infection in Nigeria.
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GLOBAL NEWS
WHO - UNICEF recommit to accelerating health and well-being at all ages
MENAFN - Caribbean News Global, September 21, 2020
The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF signed a new collaborative framework which will accelerate joint public health efforts that put the most marginalized and vulnerable populations first.
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UN chief appeals for global solidarity at General Assembly, warns COVID is ‘dress rehearsal’ for challenges ahead
UN News, September 22, 2020
In his centerpiece address to the historic and unprecedented 75th session of the UN General Assembly, Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday appealed for global solidarity to overcome the COVID-19, and again call for a global ceasefire during the pandemic, by the end of the year. 
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WHO approves protocol for phase 3 clinical trials for COVID-19 herbal medicine
Nairametrics, September 21, 2020
The World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the African Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and the African Union Commission for Social Affairs, has approved a protocol for phase 3 clinical trials of herbal medicine for Covid-19.
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Coronavirus - Africa: Expert panel endorses protocol for COVID-19 herbal medicine clinical trials
Africanews, September 19, 2020
The Regional Expert Committee on Traditional Medicine for COVID-19 formed by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and the African Union Commission for Social Affairs has endorsed a protocol for phase III clinical trials of herbal medicine for COVID-19 as well as a charter and terms of reference for the establishment of a data and safety monitoring board for herbal medicine clinical trials.
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Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on the Dangers of Politicizing the Coronavirus Pandemic
Time100, September 24, 2020
 When a contagious, deadly pandemic sweeps around the globe, people look to the World Health Organization (WHO) for guidance. 
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ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS
What 2020 has taught us about how to achieve universal health coverage
Philips, September 22, 2020 
We know we can only achieve universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030 when the public, private and non-profit sectors work together.
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Experiences and insights on health policy and systems responses to COVID-19
UHC 2030, September 22, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates powerfully the need for stronger health systems for both universal health coverage (UHC) and health security.
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Can Japan lead the post-COVID-19 world in global health?
East-Asia Forum, September 18, 2020
After seven years and eight months, the Shinzo Abe administration — the longest serving government in Japan’s parliamentary history — ended abruptly in late August due to Abe’s health problems.
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UPDATES AND EVENTS
Third virtual meeting of the WHO Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group (NUGAG) - subgroup on Diet and Health
WHO Newsroom, September, 2020
In response to a call from the 58th World Health Assembly (May 2005), the World Health Organization (WHO) established the Guidelines Review Committee (GRC) in 2007 with the purpose of developing and implementing procedures to ensure that WHO guidelines are developed in ways consistent with internationally recognized best practices, emphasizing the appropriate use of systematically reviewed available evidence.
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Sustainable preparedness for health security and resilience: Adopting a whole-of-society approach and breaking the “panic-then-forget” cycle
WHO Newsroom, September, 2020
WHO and the Governments of the Republic of Finland and the Republic of Indonesia will co-host a meeting on Sustainable preparedness for health security and resilience: Adopting a whole-of-society approach and breaking the “panic-then-forget” cycle on 1 October 2020.
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