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UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE NEWS

NIGERIA NEWS
SERAP sues health ministry, NCDC over COVID-19 funds
Punch, 21 June 2020
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has filed a lawsuit against Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, and Director General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, over “their failure to account for public funds and other resources so far spent and used to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria”.
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COVID-19: Aella to gift users N800,000 worth cover
Daily Trust, 24 June 2020
Aella, a fin-tech start-up, has said it would provide quality health insurance coverage for over 500,000 Nigerians in 2020 by making available to them a 30-day N800,000 worth of healthcare cover whenever they signed up on its Aella app.
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Leveraging polio elimination strategies to contain COVID-19, disease outbreaks
The Guardian, 25 June 2020
Nigeria’s documentation to be declared polio free was on Thursday, June 18, 2020, accepted by the African Regional Commission for the Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication (ARCC).
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COVID-19: The Madagascar Challenge and Nigeria’s Traditional Medicine Practitioners
This Day, 25 June 2020
Recently, President Muhammadu Buhari took delivery of a large consignment of COVID-19 herbal remedy, a product that allegedly cures the virus, and produced in Madagascar. The drugs were delivered by the president of Guinea Bisau, President Umaro Embalo.
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Nigerian, SA fintech startups receive Catalyst Fund capital, support
Disrupt Africa, 24 June 2020
Two fintech startups from Nigeria and one from South Africa have been selected to receive capital and venture building support from Catalyst Fund, the global inclusive fintech accelerator.
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Emeka Offor Foundation donates medical equipment worth $380,000 to UITH
Vanguard, 24 June 2020
In a bid to improve on its service delivery across board, Sir Emeka Offor Foundation donated a 40ft container load of medical supplies/equipment worth $380,000 to the management of University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital
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UK Govt Supports NCDC to Speed Up Testing
This Day, 25 June 2020
The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), recently unveiled a brand new Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machine, which has been procured using some of the £661,000 UKAid funding commitment that the British Government has made to the Nigeria branch of the World Health Organisation this year.
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 FG Pays N4.6 Billion Hazard Allowance to 55,031 Health Workers
All Africa, 22 June 2020
The federal government has said that a total of 55,031 health workers in 35 hospitals and medical centres designated for COVID-19 have been paid special hazard allowances totalling N4,642,485,146.00 .
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Governors Want FG to Engage N’Assembly over Harmonisation of Health Care Fund
This Day, 25 June 2020
Nigeria’s governors yesterday day ended their 13th teleconference meeting with a resolution that the Federal Ministry of Health and its agencies should engage with the National Assembly Health Committee and State Commissioners of Health to harmonize a workable strategy that will facilitate the speedy release of the Basic Health Care Fund (BHCPF) to fund primary health care activities at the subnational level.
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GLOBAL NEWS
Impacts Of COVID-19 Pandemic On HIV, TB, Malaria, Maternal Health, Adolescent Sexual, Reproductive Health, Other Issues
KFF, 24 June 2020
Global Fund COVID-19 Report: Deaths from HIV, TB and Malaria Could Almost Double in 12 Months Unless Urgent Action is Taken (6/24)
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African countries urged to join efforts to secure supply of COVID-19 vaccine
XinhuaNet, 25 June 2020
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as African Union (AU) Chairperson, on Wednesday urged African countries to join efforts to secure supply of COVID-19 vaccine.
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How the World Bank is mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 in the health sector
Relief web, 22 June 2020
Since March 2020, the World Bank Group has been helping client countries respond to the global health, social, and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). In May, we reached a milestone by supporting 100 countries with emergency COVID-19 operations – the largest and fastest crisis response in our history.
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Why Brazil’s COVID-19 Response is Failing
The Reg View, 22 June 2020
Brazil has the second highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world. The first case was identified on February 25 in São Paulo, and since then, the federal government has tried to enforce new measures in all 26 states and the Federal District through federal regulation, including travel restrictions, taxes, mass layoffs, credit facilities, opening restrictions, social distancing, and financial aid.
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IOC joins WHO, United Nations to fight pandemic
The Guardian, 25 June 2020
The International Olympic Committee (IOC), World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations yesterday launched a partnership to encourage individuals and communities around the world to be #HEALTHYTogether.
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10th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared over; vigilance against flare-ups and support for survivors must continue
WHO, 25 June 2020
Today marks the end of the 10th outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This long, complex and difficult outbreak has been overcome due to the leadership and commitment of the Government of the DRC, supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), a multitude of partners, donors, and above all, the efforts of the communities affected by the virus.
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ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS
WHO first created an Essential Medicines List (EML) for Children ( EMLc) in 2007, 30 years after the first EML for adults. Its purpose is to ensure that medicines in the health system are prioritised in an evidence-based manner to meet childrenz's needs. The EMLc is a potentially powerful instrument to ensure that medicines are available, accessible (ie, affordable, physically accessible, and with accessible information), acceptable, and of good quality, thus strengthening health equity.
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COVID-19 and the health sector
The Guardian, 25 June 2020
The maxim “Health is Wealth” implies that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation. Ironically, the health systems in Nigeria depict pitiable condition and left much to worry about.
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Beyond COVID-19 (coronavirus): What will be the new normal for health systems and universal health coverage?
Wold Bank Blog, 23 June 2020
The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has substantial health, social, and economic impacts in all countries, rich and poor. It is a sharp reminder that everyone, everywhere should have access to quality and affordable health services. We will be living with COVID-19 and its consequences for a long time to come.
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Covid-19, an opportunity for health insurance, but are we there yet?
Live Mint, 26 June 2020
This is the perfect time to set right the ecosystem in which healthcare and insurance interact instead of piling on more health policies and compounding the confusion.
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Non-medical use of prescription drugs among skilled workers: a pilot study in Nigeria
Medical Press, 25 June 2020
More than ever, the world is facing a challenge of non-medical use of prescription drugs among people of all ages, genders and occupations.
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UPDATES AND EVENTS
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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June 27 Is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day: Resources to Help
27 June 2020
When we think of post traumatic stress, we generally think of our Servicemembers and Veterans but this can really affect anyone who has suffered a traumatic experience.
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