Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Financing Future Health

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Financing Future Health

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WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan called on countries to scale up their health investments as they move towards universal health coverage at the Third United Nations Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, last month.

The conference looked at how the international community can boost its cooperation with low- and lower-middle income countries to combine domestic and external funding to build and maintain robust health systems.

Next month governments are due to adopt the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

One of the proposed 17 goals is on health (Goal 3) and this goal comprises 13 targets, including one on universal health coverage.

A recent WHO-World Bank Group report studied global access to essential health services--including family planning, antenatal care, skilled birth attendance, child immunization, antiretroviral therapy, tuberculosis treatment, and access to clean water and sanitation --in 2013, and found that an estimated 400 million people lacked access to at least one of these types of services. …

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