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What We're Reading: Week of May 12

    • A new study finds that the quality of primary health care at community-based health centers in Vietnam is higher than at any other type of facility, including both hospitals and the private sector.
    • Making the financial case for investing in universal health coverage at the national level will be key to the movement’s success, says WHO Assistant Director-General Ranieri Guerra.
    • Health Policy Watch’s guide to the upcoming World Health Assembly summarizes what to watch around primary health care and universal health coverage at the Assembly.
    • It is time for the public health community to rethink its strategies by building a political case for investing in public health — extending far beyond economic and social arguments.
    • UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is offering the “whole UN system” to help end the DRC’s Ebola epidemic, now in its tenth month.
    • The Global Action Plan (GAP) For Healthy Lives and Well-Being for All is calling for feedback on its draft report of the April 30 nonstate actor consultation. The draft report includes proposals of how agencies can strengthen their work in three key areas: community and civil society engagement, determinants of health and primary health care.
    • Advocates contend that open source pharma, a movement dedicated to making pharmaceutical data and ideas available for all online, can have a number of positive impacts on overlooked health issues, from malaria to antimicrobial resistance. 
    • This year’s International Day of the Midwife highlighted the lifesaving work of midwives and the critical health workforce gaps in many countries.
    • Not able to attend the Multistakeholder Hearing for the High-Level Meeting on UHC? Video from the April 29 meeting at the UN is available to view in full here (part 1) and here (part 2).