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UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE NEWS

NIGERIA NEWS
Why 15% budget allocation to health is tall order, by FG
The Guardian, October 26, 2020
The Federal Government has provided explanation why it failed for the umpteenth time to meet the Abuja Declaration by African leaders in 2001 and the World Health Organisation (WHO) to allocate, at least, 15 per cent of yearly national budgets to health.
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2021 budget: NHIS to spend N191.7m for 15,184 mothers, children
Vanguard, October 28, 2020
The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has proposed to spend the sum of N191.7 million on maternal and child health project which would cover 15, 184 lives in the country in 2021.
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Emir urges Kebbi Contributory health care agency to intensify campaign on enrolment
National Accord, October 19, 2020
The Emir of Zuru, Alhaji Sani Sami-Gomo II, has urged the Kebbi Contributory Health care Management Agency (KECHEMA) to intensify its campaign for an all inclusive enrolment in the state.
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Training PHC workers in Lagos, Ogun, Oyo to mitigate childhood cancer
The Guardian, October 15, 2020
Over 700 Primary Healthcare (PHC) workers comprising doctors, nurses, community health, and extension workers in Lagos, Ogun, and the Oyo States have been trained on early detection, presentation, and referral to enable prompt treatment and support for children with cancer in Nigeria.
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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
World Health Summit kicks off amid pandemic
Devex, October 26, 2020
The World Health Summit, held annually in Berlin, has developed a reputation for big-picture agenda setting, rallying support for the 2030 Agenda for health and campaigning for technological innovations in the field.
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WHO Chief On 'first Pandemic of The Digital Age'
Republic World, October 26, 2020
The Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday promoted the benefits of digital transformation in health care, while also cautioning that digital technologies needed to be "used wisely".
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Science, unity and solidarity, key to defeating COVID: UN chief
UN News, October25, 2020
Secretary-General António Guterres in his video message ran through the many disruptive effects of the coronavirus pandemic beyond the loss of more than 1,147,000 lives as of Sunday, and 42.5 million cases.
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Multi-Billion Hospitals Transforming Healthcare in Kenya
Kenyas.co.ke, October 24, 2020
One of the four goals outlined in President Uhuru Kenyatta's Big 4 Agenda is the universal health coverage (UHC) goal that seeks to provide affordable healthcare for all
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The World Health Organization and Wikimedia Foundation expand access to trusted information about COVID-19 on Wikipedia
WHO, October 22, 2020
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that administers Wikipedia, announced today a collaboration to expand the public’s access to the latest and most reliable information about COVID-19. 
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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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The guidance presented in this document is intended for digital health intervention designers, developers, implementers, researchers and funders.
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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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Webinar - Delivering quality essential maternal, newborn and child health services during COVID-19 – Respectful maternal, newborn and young child care'.
WHO, October, 2020
This is the seventh and last webinar in a series on ‘Delivering quality essential maternal, newborn and child health services during COVID-19’.
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