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Publisher: The Lancet  

A systematic analysis of amenable deaths in 137 countries:  Universal health coverage has been proposed as a strategy to improve health in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs). However, this is contingent on the provision of good-quality health care. We estimate the excess mortality for conditions targeted in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) that are amenable to health care and the portion of this excess mortality due to poor-quality care in 137 LMICs, in which excess mortality refers to deaths that could have been averted in settings with strong health systems.


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Publisher: World Health Organization

An analysis of the status of health, health services and health systems in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Guest Blog Post by WAIC Health

Achieving  Universal Health Coverage  (UHC) and indeed the  Sustainable Development Goals  (SDGs) are goals that many countries in the African Region have adopted. While healthcare is a basic human right, likely to be accessible and affordable in developed nations, healthcare access remains beyond the reach of many individuals including women and children living in developing countries. UHC ensures that everyone, anywhere receives quality curative, promotive, preventive and rehabilitative health services they need without experiencing financial hardship.

A recent modelling exercise conducted by the WHO found that in order to achieve SDG 3 targets, a significant increase in funding would be needed. Using the  Chatham house  recommendations of government health expenditure per capita of at least $86 as a base, the amount per capita required to mak...

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Publisher:   Kaiser Family Foundation and UNAIDS

This report provides the latest data on donor government resources available to address HIV in low- and middle-income countries, reporting on disbursements made in 2017. It is part of a collaborative tracking effort between UNAIDS and the Kaiser Family Foundation that began more than 15 years ago, just as new global initiatives were being launched to address the epidemic. The analysis includes data from all members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), as well as non-DAC members where data are available. Data are collected directly from donors, the Global Fund, and UNITAID, and supplemented with data from the DAC. Fourteen donor governments that account for 98% of total disbursements are profiled in this analysis. Both bilateral assistance and multilateral contributions to the Global Fund and UNITAID are included.

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In our work as global health advocates, we often say that we are at a tipping point – on the verge of finally aligning all the right factors to create important change. The imagery it evokes is inspiring and motivating and pushes us to work that much harder to reach our goals of eradicating disease, eliminating poverty, and achieving equity, just to name a few. But what we often overlook are the fundamental limitations imposed on us by the current understanding and practices of Official Development Assistance (ODA); we are fighting within the box and forget to think outside of the box.

The concept of aid, particularly as it relates to international development and global health, is in flux. Traditional ways of approaching aid and how we fund aid work are long overdue for an overhaul, as we reach a precipice of donor fatigue and changing priorities. We know this, but what are we to do about it?

In response to the need to look at this issue more proactively, Interna...

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Publisher: GFAN & Africa-Japan Forum

This position statement summarizes the considerations and recommendations of members of Africa Japan Forum and the Global Fund Advocates Network after reviewing the potential synergies between providing UHC and ending the three diseases through the Global Fund.

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