Findings from the Field
What We're Reading: Week of March 18
- A new report found that countries in Sub-Saharan Africa don’t collect enough information on gender data. Without this information, we don’t know the extent to which women and girls are being left behind as countries grow their economies, deliver health care to all their people and more.
- Ahead of this fall’s UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage, Women in Global Health published a call-to-action for countries to prioritize gender equality, women’s rights, the female workforce and women’s leadership as they take steps toward universal health coverage.
- Babyl – a new digital health service – is helping to transform health care in Rwanda by enabling patients to consult health professionals over the phone.
- Global leaders and health experts will come together to transform progress toward universal health coverage in Africa at the upcoming WHO Africa Health Forum in Cabo Verde.
- At AHAIC 2019, WHO launched a new set of guidelines on organizing effective community health worker programs. The guidelines include recommendations on how to choose, train and manage community health workers – who are essential to a strong primary health care system.
- If the world doesn’t take steps to protect the environment, regions in Asia, the Middle East and Africa could see millions of premature deaths in the next few decades. A new study provides the most comprehensive assessment on the state of the environment completed by the UN in the last five years.
- C-sections are 50 times more deadly for women in Africa than for women who live in high-income countries. Changing this reality will require action at all levels of the health system.