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Health systems financing: the path to universal coverage press kit

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WHO Bulletin/Claudia Jurberg
Brazil is one of many low and middle-income countries that have adjusted financing systems so more people can access health services. (Emergency Unit, Manguinhos, Brazil.)
Medicines account for 20-30% of global health spending. (Hospital Regional Chiapas, Mexico)
WHO/Christopher Black
This mother was able to give birth with help from a skilled healthworker: millions of others are unable to because they cannot afford the fees. (Ndosho maternity clinic, Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo)
WHO/Christopher Black
If all donor countries started to keep their development assistance promises, more than 3 million lives could be saved by 2015 (Char Qala Waziribad Comprehensive Health Clinic (CHC) Kabul, Afghanistan. 18 April 2010)
WHO/EURO/Igor Sapozhnikov
Kyrgyzstan has recently gone a long way to increase health coverage by changing its health financing mechanisms. (the Kirov Primary Health Care Centre in Uzgen, Kyrgyzstan)
WHO Bulletin/Pharmaccess
Beneficiaries show their health insurance cards in Kwara State, Nigeria.
UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
Strengthening health financing is critical if all women are to be able to deliver their babies safely. (Khovd aimag, Mongolia)
WHO/Christopher Black
Ensuring the right mix between prevention, promotion and treatment will ensure more health for the money. (Alwar, Haryana state, India)
WHO/Christopher Black
France saved almost US$2 billion in 2008 by using generic drugs wherever possible.