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UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE NEWS

NIGERIA NEWS
NCDC bill violates UNESCO Declaration — Investigation
Punch, 06 May 2020
At its 32nd session in October 2003, the General Conference considered that it was “opportune and desirable to set universal standards in the field of bioethics with due regard for human dignity and human rights and freedoms, in the spirit of cultural pluralism inherent in bioethics.”
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NHIS boss links poverty to lack of healthcare
Daily Trust, 08 May 2020
The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Sambo Muhammed, says lack of healthcare provision for people is causing poverty.
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Coronavirus - Corruption in Health Care Could Get in the Way of Nigeria's Response
All Africa, 04 May 2020
Since President Muhammadu Buhari came to power in Nigeria in 2015, anti-corruption has been at the heart of his administration. However, a lot of effort is focused on grand corruption at the higher levels of governance and politics. There is less emphasis on the less-talked-about but vulnerable areas such as the health sector.
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16 Lagos doctors test positive for COVID-19 —Medical Guild
Punch, 04 May 2020
Medical doctors under the employ of Lagos State government on Monday said 16 of its members have tested positive for COVID-19.
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Senate dares critics, considers health bill
The Guardian, 06 May 2020
The Senate yesterday began work on the controversial Health Emergency Bill despite the intense criticisms that trailed its introduction in the House of Representatives last week.
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Presidency may approve local herbs to battle COVID-19 — Health Minister
Vanguard, 05 May 2020
Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire said told the House of Representatives on Tuesday, that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, is open to the possibility of using local herbs to fight the COVID 19 pandemic, but insisted that the Nigeria Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development must first certify any such remedy.
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Nigerian startup Helium Health secures $10m Series A round to expand into new markets
Disrupt Africa, 07 May 2020
Lagos-based e-health startup Helium Health has raised US$10 million in Series A funding to expand its footprint in its existing markets and move into new ones.
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Mystery deaths: Kano loses another Prof, two others
Vanguard, 08 May 2020
As the spike in deaths continues in Kano, three more persons, including a senior lecturer with Bayero University Kano, BUK, Professor Monsuru Lasun Emiola, have been confirmed dead.
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GLOBAL NEWS
WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 6 May 2020
WHO, 06 May 2020
In total, WHO press conferences are now available in 8 languages – all six United Nations languages, plus Portuguese and Hindi, plus closed captions for people with hearing loss.
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Top COVID-19 (coronavirus) news this week
World Bank Blog, 08 May 2020
The World Bank is working on rapid response operations and helping countries access critical medical equipment and supplies.
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WHO calls for clinical trial of Madagascar's virus cure
AA, 07 May 2020
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday called for clinical trials of Madagascar's Covid Organics, a herbal drink that is said to prevent and cure patients suffering from the novel coronavirus or COVID-19.
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WHO prescribes national unity, global solidarity as antidote for COVID-19
Sun News, 07 May 2020
Ghebreyesus said at the agency’s official twitter account @WHO that, the pandemic had highlighted the importance of strong national and sub-national health systems as the foundation of global health security and universal health coverage.
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COVID-19: How the World Bank is helping countries procure critical medical supplies
World Bank Blog, 07 May 2020
In the global crisis caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19), the World Bank is helping client countries respond. The World Bank Group will deploy up to $160 billion over the next 15 months to support COVID-19 measures that will help countries respond to immediate health consequences of the pandemic, support households and firms, and bolster economic recovery.
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New WHO tool helps countries plan for a strengthened midwifery workforce
WHO, 05 May 2020
WHO/Europe has published a new tool to help countries develop an educated and skilled midwifery workforce.
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ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS
An analysis of COVID-19 funding in West and Central Africa
Devex, 07 May 2020
Hit by chronic hunger, insecurity, climate change, and still recovering from the 2014 Ebola crisis, West and Central African countries are ranked third to 12th for coronavirus cases — after South Africa and Algeria — in WHO’s African region.
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Q&A: COVID-19 is fuelling innovation, R&D in Africa
Sci Dev, 07 May 2020
There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic is taking a heavy toll on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly those related to health.
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Here's how a new European Investment Bank partnership will tackle COVID-19: WHO briefing
World Economic Forum, 01 May 2020
A host of global vulnerabilities have been revealed by the coronavirus crisis. To better protect against future pandemics and global health emergencies, the World Health Organization announced a new partnership today with the European Investment Bank (EIB).
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We’re not all in this together
Financial Times, 06 May 2020
Coronavirus may be a great leveller but it is certainly no equaliser. While anyone, rich or poor alike, is at risk of infection, it seems clear that the most disadvantaged are suffering disproportionately.
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Here's how cancer can be tackled through universal health coverage
World Economic Forum, 05 May 2020
The WHO Report on Cancer estimates that seven million deaths from cancer can be avoided if governments prioritize interventions that are feasible, evidence-based, and affordable.
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Could Coronavirus Cause The Collapse Of Our Health Care Financing System
Health Affairs, 05 May 2020
Our nation’s system of mostly private health care financing is at risk for a COVID 19-caused meltdown in the weeks and months ahead. For our nation’s hospitals and the patients they serve, the consequences could be grievous.
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UPDATES AND EVENTS
Current outbreak situation
WHO, 24 April 2020
Take a look at our COVID-19 dashboard to see the latest number of confirmed cases and deaths across the world. Find out which regions and countries have been most affected since the beginning of the outbreak.
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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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IPU E-Bulletin
IPU, May 2020
The IPU newsletter for the friends of democracy
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