Health systems

Tracking universal health coverage: First global monitoring report

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.

APPS Evaluation Report published

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.

Building resilient health systems in Ebola-affected countries

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.

Explaining universal health coverage to my grand-mother

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?

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Nursing and midwifery services

2 millionmore doctors, nurses and midwives are required

Nursing and midwifery


100 millionpeople pushed into poverty because of direct health payments

10 facts on universal health coverage

Increase priority given to health

70countries devote less than 10% of general government expenditure to health

Global Health Expenditure Database


Health systems

A well-functioning health system
working in harmony is built on having
trained and motivated health
workers, a well-maintained infrastructure,
and a reliable supply of medicines
and technologies, backed by adequate
funding, strong health plans and
evidence-based policies.


Dr Marie-Paule Kieny
Assistant Director-General
Health Systems and Innovation (HIS)
World Health Organization