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UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE NEWS

NIGERIA NEWS
COVID-19 won’t stop our support for Nigerian child -UNICEF
Vanguard, November 6, 2020
UNICEF says the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) will not stop its support and interventions toward the welfare and protection of rights of children in Nasarawa state and the country in general.
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The Joint Health Sector Union has urged the National Assembly to disregard call to amend the National Health Act 2014.
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Health minister calls for more PPP initiative to achieve Universal Health Coverage
Naija247 News, November 1, 2020
The Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has called for the improved and continuous partnership between the private sector and the government towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
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FG, Biovaccine sign MoU on local vaccines production
Vanguard, November 6, 2020
The Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Biovaccine Nigeria Limited (BVNL) for the production of locally made vaccines.
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Implement 15% budgetary allocation to health, NMA tasks FG
Vanguard, October 28, 2020
Irked by the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the nation’s health system, the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has called for immediate implementation of the annual 15 percent budget allocation to the health sector agreed in 2001 by African heads of state in Abuja.
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GLOBAL NEWS
Despite COVID-19 setbacks, WHO aims to eliminate lymphatic filariasis by 2030
News Medical, November 2, 2020
In 2019, 538.1 million people were treated for lymphatic filariasis (LF) in 38 countries that implemented mass drug administration (MDA) of populations at risk of the disease, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).
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UNICEF and WHO call for emergency action to avert major measles and polio epidemics
WHO, November 6, 2020
UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) today issued an urgent call to action to avert major measles and polio epidemics as COVID-19 continues to disrupt immunization services worldwide, leaving millions of vulnerable children at heightened risk of preventable childhood diseases. 
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Singapore: Government plans to enhance compulsory universal health insurance
Asia Insurance Review, November 2020
Preliminary enhancements to MediShield Life, the compulsory universal health insurance scheme in Singapore, has been identified and correspondingly, premiums will be adjusted. 
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COVID-19 hits life-saving health services in Africa — WHO
Vanguard, November 6, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a heavy blow to key health services in Africa, raising worries that some of the continent’s major health challenges could worsen.
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Akufo-Addo Launches Revised National Health Policy
Modern Ghana, November 3, 2020
President Akufo-Addo Monday launched the revised National Health Policy and promised to provide the requisite leadership and resources for its effective implementation.
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ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS
Responding to COVID-19 and building stronger health systems for universal health coverage
WHO, October 6, 2020
Universal Health Coverage (UHC) means that everyone, everywhere can access health services without experiencing financial hardship.
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It’s safe to say that COVID-19, the country’s worst public health crisis in a generation, was the single most important issue in the 2020 Presidential race. 
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Unpacking universal health coverage
The News, October 17, 2020
Nothing is stronger than an idea whose time has come”, said Victor Hugo. Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is such an idea.
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UPDATES AND EVENTS
Seventy-third World Health Assembly
WHO, November, 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Seventy-third World Health Assembly —its first-ever to be held virtually— met with a reduced agenda between 1819 May 2020. The event is to reconvene on 914 November 2020.
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World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020
WHO, November 2020
World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) aims to increase awareness of global antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers, and policymakers to avoid the further emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections.
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