Tagged: Universal Health Coverage

NEWS: World Health Assembly Concludes With Call For Strong WHO

This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an abridged version of the World Health Assembly was held virtually from May 18 to 19, 2020. The 73rd session of the World Health Assembly concluded with call for a strong World Health Organization (WHO) and approved a resolution to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The resolution, co-sponsored by more than 130 countries, was adopted by consensus…

NEWS: Philippines: Alcohol Tax Increase Ready for Adoption

Alcohol and tobacco tax increase in the Philippines are ready for adoption and awaiting President Duterte’s signature. Alcohol industry interference has significantly reduced the projected tax receipt from alcohol and tobacco taxation. But the new bicameral-approved final measure would bring in P22.2 billion in revenue…

NEWS: Norway: New Development Strategy Tackles NCDs

Norway has launched a new international development strategy which tackles non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Norway is the first country to launch a strategy aimed at tackling ‘lifestyle’ diseases as part of their international aid work. Over 200 million Norwegian Krone (about £17 million) will be offered as international development assistance to help low and middle income countries tackle NCDs including cancer, obesity and diabetes…

NEWS: WHO Europe: New Status Report on Prison Health

WHO Europe has published a new status report on prison health. The report is entitled “WHO status report on prison health in the WHO European Region.” It presents an analysis of data collected on the health status of people in prison and prison health systems for 39 countries in the Region…

NEWS: UN Adopts Landmark Health Declaration

World leaders have adopted a high-level United Nations Political Declaration on universal health coverage (UHC). This a landmark declaration with the most comprehensive set of health commitments ever adopted at this level. Among these commitments is also alcohol taxation as critical tool to reduce the health burden and help fund health promotion.
“This declaration represents a landmark for global health and development,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General at WHO…

REPORT: Universal Health Coverage and the Forgotten Generation

The editorial focuses on the overlooking of adolescents when it comes to Universal Health Coverage, stating that the political declaration on the UN General Assembly on September 23rd overlooked this generation. The three core indicators of universal health care(coverage, quality, and avoidance of poverty due to expenditure) are rarely achieved in adolescent health…

NEWS: WHO: Progress on Universal Health Coverage Lagging

According to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) progress on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is still lagging. By 2030, 5 billion people would still be left without full access to healthcare, at the current rate of progress. The report also clearly outlines the role alcohol plays in burdening health systems and fueling health inequities.

OPEN LETTER: From Promises To Progress On Health For All

Movendi International joined the NCD Alliance and more than 130 other organizations in this open letter to world leaders ahead of the UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage. We ask that governments use the opportunity in New York to demonstrate leadership for the prevention of early death, pain and financial strain inflicted by NCDs on countries worldwide. We ask our governments to deploy tried and tested measures to improve wellbeing and reduce NCD mortality in line with commitments for 2025 and 2030, to include NCD prevention and care in UHC benefit packages, and to ensure no one is pushed into poverty by their health needs…

NEWS: Philippines: Wine Industry Rails Against Alcohol Tax

The wine industry is opposing the proposed alcohol taxes by the Philippine government claiming the measure to be “excessive”. The taxes are set to fund the universal healthcare programme of the country. But MPs have warned industry lobbyists against painting a false picture of the proposed alcohol tax increase, adding that it would instead help the funding gap in the Universal Health Care program implementation…

NEWS: Philippines: Alcohol Tax to Fund Free Health Care

The House of Representatives of Philippines plans to pass an act on increasing and restructuring the excise tax rates on alcohol as one of its priority legislative measures, along with the proposed national budget, before congress goes on break on October 5th. The legislation is part of plans on financing a free health care programme for all…