Health systems

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?

Universal health coverage

Universal health coverage is defined as ensuring that all people have access to needed promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative health services, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that people do not suffer financial hardship when paying for these services. Universal health coverage has therefore become a major goal for health reform in many countries and a priority objective of WHO.

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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