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Group picture at Kuala Lumpur module

Leadership
Towards Universal Health Coverage in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Nepal

As the Asian cycle of the P4H Leadership programme is moving into its final phase, 32 high-level stakeholders from different sectors of government and civil society have begun to change things on the ground, thanks to hands-on leadership training and support to in-country activities moving the national UHC agenda forward.

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Good reads

Women planting seedlings at a tree nursery in Ethiopia

Financial and social protection
Increasing Women’s Financial Protection – What Can Insurance Do?

Globally, women are earning more and have greater control over their assets than ever before. Yet, they still have fewer opportunities than men to protect themselves and their families against financial risks. In order for this to change, women need better access to insurance – but how can this be achieved?

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News

Dr. Adodo Sadji

Epidemic preparedness
Early detection halts outbreaks in Togo and Benin

In Togo and Benin, recent outbreaks of Lassa fever were detected and effectively halted before they could spread and turn into epidemics. The national laboratories in the two countries played a vital role in these responses – due, in part, to the support they had received from the German Epidemic Preparedness Team (SEEG).

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Team from Chad debating on UHC at Rabat module

Leadership
Fostering leadership for UHC in Francophone Africa

"Our country has passed a law on Universal Health Coverage - but how do we make UHC a reality?" In a spacious, well-lit room, high-ranking ministry officials, political leaders, civil society representatives and health professionals from Benin, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire and Madagascar are debating this challenge.

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Good reads

Cambodia’s integrated Social Health Protection Scheme: A study

Cambodia
Cambodia’s integrated Social Health Protection Scheme: A study

In Cambodia a recent study shows that the integrated Social Health Protection Scheme (iSHPH) has enhanced HEF beneficiaries’ utilisation of public health services and reduced their out-of-pocket payments by opening Health Equity Fund (HEF) membership to the near-poor and by complementing it with other interventions that reduce access barriers.

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Enrolling a new beneficiary in Nepal’s National Health Insurance

Social health protection
Open source software for social health insurance

Many countries have turned to open source software as a flexible, reliable and low-cost approach to managing their health information systems. Germany and Switzerland have now joined forces to facilitate the creation of an open source solution for social health insurance and to foster the global community needed to support it.

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What’s on

Sultan Kussetov, Ministry of Internal Affairs Kazakhstan, during the press conference

Central Asia
Joining forces against demand for drugs in Central Asia

Delegations from five Central Asian countries came to Astana/Kazakhstan to take part in the 2nd Regional Steering Committee Meeting of the Central Asia Drug Action Programme (CADAP). The meeting highlighted partner countries’ achievements in effectively reducing both drug demand and supply.

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What’s on

Members of the G20 Health Working Group

G20 Health Experts
Thinking outside the box to strengthen health systems

Invited by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Health, members of the newly established G20 Health Working Group met in Berlin from 28th February to 2nd March 2017 to prepare for the first ever G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting in May 2017. On the agenda were antimicrobial resistance, epidemic preparedness and, as an important part of this, health systems strengthening.

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Project stories

Practising neonatal resuscitation

Neonatal health
Critical days after birth: neonatal resuscitation saves hundreds of babies in Vietnam

In Vietnam, two thirds of all infants’ deaths occur within the first 28 days after birth. To lower this rate, the Ministry of Health and German Development Cooperation partnered to establish five Continuous Medical Education centers that now provide tailor-made training courses, including in neonatal resuscitation, for doctors, nurses and hospital technicians.

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