12 June 2015 | A World Health Organization and World Bank Group report launched today shows that 400 million people do not have access to essential health services and 6% of people in low- and middle-income countries are tipped into or pushed further into extreme poverty because of health spending.
The African Partnerships for Patient Safety (APPS) programme issued an evaluation into its partnership-based approach aimed at improving infection prevention and control (IPC) and the safety of health services. The findings of this evaluation are of particular relevance in the current global health context. The report describes the perceived and actual value that hospital-to-hospital partnerships add and whether, and to what extent, such a model can stimulate the spread of patient safety and IPC improvements beyond the immediate hospitals involved in each partnership.
In December 2014, a meeting in Geneva brought together health and finance ministers, non-state actors, donors and international technical agencies with the aim of laying the foundation for stronger health systems in the medium- to long-term in the Ebola-affected countries.
It is often said that the best ideas are those you can explain clearly and understandably to your grandmother. So when we talk about universal health coverage, or people-centred care, or integrated service delivery, would my grandmother understand?
Nursing and midwifery services
2 millionmore doctors, nurses and midwives are requiredNursing and midwifery
100 millionpeople pushed into poverty because of direct health payments10 facts on universal health coverage
Increase priority given to health
70countries devote less than 10% of general government expenditure to healthGlobal Health Expenditure Database
9 June 2015
Commentary by Dr Ties Boerma, Director of the Department of Health Statistics and Information Systems
30 September 2014
19 February 2014
The first World Health Organization Advanced Course on Health Financing for Universal Coverage took place in Tunis, Tunisia from 16-20 June 2014.
1 February 2014
Reviewing the relevance and effectiveness of the WHO Global Code of Practice: Call for papers - Deadline extended until 28 February
Research is invited to gather new evidence on the relevance and effectiveness of the Code.