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UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE NEWS

NIGERIA NEWS
Nigeria Targets Universal Health Coverage with RMNCAEH+N multi-stakeholder platform
 Naija247News, October 12, 2020
The Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) has launched the Nigeria Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent and Elderly Health Plus Nutrition (RMNCAEH+N) multi-stakeholder partnership coordination platform to aid the attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
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Senate set to pass mental health bill for 3rd reading in November – Oloriegbe
Vanguard, October 14, 2020
The Senate is set to pass the National Health Bill for the third reading in November 2020, even as the Federal government has been charged to set up a mental health desk at the Federal Ministry of Health to regulate and coordinate all levels of mental health care in the country.
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COVID-19: Greater health security on horizon as NCDC, NAPPSA endorse proactive response

Vanguard, October 13, 2020
The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, has called for a rethink of the current global healthcare delivery architecture to make it more collaborative and responsive to combat the coronavirus and future pandemics.
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Invest more in HIV prevention, experts tell FG
Vanguard, October 13, 2020
Experts have called on the federal government and other stakeholders to invest more in efforts to prevent HIV infection human immunodeficiency virus, HIV prevention interventions while advocating for supportive policy and programmes.
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Vanguard, September 27, 2020
Let me begin by welcoming all of you to this year’s Annual General Meeting of the National Association of Resident Doctors.
GLOBAL NEWS
Africa is only region where COVID-19 cases are not increasing: WHO chief
CGTN, October 12, 2020
Africa is the only region where COVID-19 cases are not increasing, according to the World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom.
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World records 2 million stillbirths yearly — UN
Premium Times, October 12, 2020
About two million stillbirths are recorded each year globally, according to the UN’s first-ever estimate of the problem.
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WHO to help healthcare facilities achieve climate resilience
ITIJ, October 12, 2020
     By adapting aspects of healthcare to be more environmentally friendly, healthcare can be both sustainable and cost effective, says WHO.
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Huge gap in health coverage one of the reasons why COVID-19 caused so much pain: UN Secretary General
All Indian Radio News, October 7, 2020
UN Secretary General António Guterres said that a huge gap in health coverage is one of the reasons why COVID-19 has caused so much pain and suffering.
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COVID-19 showed us the importance of access to quality healthcare without financial risks: UN Sec-Gen Antonio Guterres
FirstPost, October 8, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the “utterly inadequate health systems” around the world, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday in arguing that universal health coverage is essential for nations to deal with future health crises.
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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 COVID-19 pandemic has led to a dramatic loss of human life worldwide and presents an unprecedented challenge to public health, food systems and the world of work. 
Sixty percent of Americans want universal health care, study finds
The Street Journal, October 16, 2020
More than a third of Americans now want the government to create more of a social safety net – ensuring health and unemployment benefits – an increase of 40 percent since the coronavirus pandemic came to the US. 
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UPDATES AND EVENTS
Forty-third Expert Committee on Drug Dependence
WHO, October, 2020
WHO Expert Committee meetings are closed to the public, however individuals or representatives of public and private institutions and civil society who wish to present information to committee members on issues related to the meeting agenda are invited to register their interest to attend a virtual Open Session (12 October 10.00-12.00AM).
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World Hypertension Day
WHO, October, 2020
More than one billion people around the world live with hypertension (high blood pressure), which is a major cause of cardiovascular disease and premature death worldwide.
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