PHC in the News
What We're Reading: Week of April 15
- On World Health Day 2019, WHO EMRO announced a new regional initiative to assess the strength of primary health care in the Eastern Mediterranean region, in partnership with PHCPI.
- Achieving universal health coverage by 2030 requires health ministries to collaborate with other stakeholders—including ministries of education, water resources, environment and others. In a speech timed to World Health Day, Nigerian Minister of Health Isaac Adewole reaffirmed the country’s commitment to achieve universal health coverage.
- New research finds that coverage of childhood vaccines is a critical indicator of the strength of countries’ health systems. Better vaccine campaigns can boost coverage in countries where rates are low.
- New figures from the OECD show that foreign aid levels dropped by 2.7% last year alone. These numbers have sparked concern with experts who warn that the fight against global poverty might be regressing.
- “The clock is ticking down [to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals,” said UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, pointing to the devastating effects of climate change and the millions of people worldwide who still lack access to education and essential health services.
- As part of the preparatory process for the High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage, the President of the General Assembly, with the support of the WHO and UHC 2030, will convene an interactive multi-stakeholder hearing on April 29 at the United Nations in New York City.
- “The WHO just decided the latest Ebola outbreak is not a global emergency. Some experts said that’s the wrong choice.” Ebola continues to ravage communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, highlighting the need for stronger health systems and swift emergency response.