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  • The Third Annual Meeting of Clim-Health Africa, Johannesburg 2015 Clim-Health Africa, an international network of institutions working on climate change and health for Africa, was established in 2013. The network continues to serve as a virtual hub where expertise can be shared to develop the capacity of African communities, institutions, practitioners and negotiators to understand and integrate climate change and health related challenges into policy, socio-economics, planning and programming. The network’s first annual meeting was held in Johannesburg in 2013. At this event stakeholders revised and re-adjusted Clim-Health Africa's…
  • The World Health Organization celebrates Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day, 12 December 2015 Pretoria – In support of the second ever UHC on 12 December 2015, the WHO joins nearly 600 partners in celebrating progress in over 100 countries in achieving universal health coverage. In South Africa, WHO celebrates both UHC Day and the launch of the National Health Insurance white paper launched today, which provides the roadmap for realizing universal health coverage in South Africa. Great progress has already been made in the country in scaling up proven interventions, including vaccines for…
  • WHO multi-country survey reveals widespread public misunderstanding about antibiotic resistance 16 November 2015 ǀ GENEVA – As the World Health Organization (WHO) ramps up its fight against antibiotic resistance, a new multi-country survey shows people are confused about this major threat to public health and do not understand how to prevent it from growing. Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria change and become resistant to the antibiotics used to treat the infections they cause. Over-use and misuse of antibiotics increase the development of resistant bacteria, and this survey points out some…
  • Costing health care reforms to move towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC): Considerations for National Health Insurance in South Africa To contribute to the debate about costing Universal Health Coverage (UHC), the WHO Country Office in collaboration with WHO HQ developed the attached brief to help think through the implications.  “How much will the reform cost?” is a common and sensible-sounding question in planning any major health reform. Indeed, it is a question that national finance authorities have to ask. Unfortunately, the answer is complicated – although the expectation is that it is simple and straightforward. The accounting view proposes…

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