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UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE NEWS

NIGERIA NEWS
NigComSat Collaborates with NHIS for Health Insurance Scheme
Space in Africa, September 10, 2020
T
he Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NigComSat) is partnering with Nigeria’s National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to redesign the health insurance processes in Africa’s most populous nation.
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Sokoto: Gains Of Tambuwal’s Revolution In Healthcare
Leadership, September 2020
It’s been glory times for health in Sokoto State in the last five years. Though modest in acknowledging how he has changed the face of healthcare in the state since assuming office as Governor in 2015, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal says “our plan is to holistically change the face of healthcare in our state” and the “objective was three pronged”.
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UN guides Gombe on managing COVID-19, other health issues
The Sun, September 9, 2020
The United Nations (UN) in Nigeria has urged the government of Gombe State to own and lead by example in the fight to contain the novel corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic in the State, while calling the government to hold institutions and organisations accountable in ensuring compliance with the known safety measures.
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COVID -19: Buhari approves N8.9bn for hazard allowance of health workers
Vanguard, September 10, 2020
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved additional N8.9 billion for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) hazard allowances to all medical health workers in the country.
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‘Non-communicable diseases account for Nigeria’s 29% deaths’
Punch, September 9, 2020
A group under the aegis of Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance Nigeria on Tuesday said non-communicable diseases account for 29 per cent deaths in Nigeria.
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GLOBAL NEWS
COVID-19 could reverse decades of progress toward eliminating preventable child deaths, agencies warn
WHO, September 9, 2020
With the number of under-five deaths at an all-time recorded low of 5.2 million in 2019, disruptions in child and maternal health services due to the COVID-19 pandemic are putting millions of additional lives at stake
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WHO calls for global action on sepsis - cause of 1 in 5 deaths worldwide
WHO, September 8, 2020
The World Health Organization’s first global report on sepsis finds that the effort to tackle millions of deaths and disabilities due to sepsis is hampered by serious gaps in knowledge, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.
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S. Africa wants COVID-19 vaccines to benefit Africa
XinhuaNet, September 10, 2020
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa stressed on Thursday that African countries should benefit from the COVID-19 vaccines being developed.
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Stakeholders Call For Greater Investment In Health Workforce
Leadership, September 10, 2020
With a total of 46,206 health workers reported to be infected with COVID-19 in Africa, stakeholders in the health sector, have called for greater investment in the health workforce and promotion of access to healthcare by all.
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Coronavirus Global Response: Access to COVID-19 Tools-Accelerator Facilitation Council holds inaugural meeting
WHO, September 10, 2020
Today Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, and Dr Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, co-hosted the inaugural meeting of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator Facilitation Council.
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UPDATES AND EVENTS
Launch of the 2020 Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All progress report
WHO, September 15, 2020
The WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Principals of the signatory agencies; ministers and high-level representatives from several member states will be participating in a virtual launch of the first progress report of the Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All (GAP), which was launched at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2019.
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WHO guideline development group meeting - Fortification of wheat flour with vitamins and minerals in public health
W.H.O, September 17, 2020                                               
Fortification is the practice of deliberately increasing the content of one or more micro nutrients, i.e. vitamins and minerals in food, so as to improve the nutritional quality of the food supply and provide a public health benefit with minimal risk to health.
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ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS
Measuring universal health coverage based on an index of effective coverage of health services in 204 countries and territories
Lancet, 2020
Achieving universal health coverage (UHC) involves all people receiving the health services they need, of high quality, without experiencing financial hardship.
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COVID-19 proves the need for universal health coverage
Maine  Voices, September 11, 2020
Healthcare for all is the norm in essentially all other developed countries. In those countries, healthcare generally costs less than what we pay for it, routinely results in better health outcomes and is more clearly equitable to all citizens.
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