The global health community is gathering this week in Astana, Kazakhstan, to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1978 Alma Ata conference on primary health care. This time around, primary health care is being framed through the lens of universal health coverage (UHC).

When he was the Minister of Health for Ethiopia, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus used to worry instead about the health of 100 million people. Now as WHO’s Director-General, Tedros has 7.5 billion people to worry about.

Since taking charge of WHO in July 2017, Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has sought to transform the organization. Tedros (as he likes to be known) has focused WHO on health equity, confronting new threats, and emergency preparedness and response. David Peters,…

Going by a health service coverage index, some countries are making clear strides toward universal health coverage. There’s just one problem: The index neglected to include services for neglected tropical diseases.

Proposed health reforms are moving South Africa toward universal health coverage, but these plans are largely steered toward clinical services. Still, the Public Health Medicine (PHM) specialty remains popular among South African physicians, who tend to pursue the 4-year…

GENEVA – BA and AA. A bright line clearly divided 2 sections at a World Health Assembly side event on universal health coverage Thursday at the Swiss Press Club. It demarcated “Before Azar” and “After Azar.” US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar brought a…

When global health leaders convene in Geneva next week for the 71st World Health Assembly, they’ll gather under one banner: universal health coverage.

Out-of-pocket payments cripple household budgets and health care access worldwide—and universal health care is the solution, urges a report published today by the World Bank and the WHO.Ponying up for health care pushes 100 million into extreme poverty. 800 million are…

Despite a decade of international investment in the Afghan health system, people with disabilities, particularly those in remote areas, have not seen an improvement in health care availability or coverage of their needs, a new Lancet Global Health study finds.   Using data…

You’ve probably had a key question about the health-related Sustainable Development Goals. How much will all this cost?   The answer is: $371 billion annually. That’s the estimated additional spending on improved health service delivery and universal health coverage to meet…