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The power of a systemic approach towards Universal Health Coverage in Nepal

Leadership for UHC (L4UHC)
The power of a systemic approach towards Universal Health Coverage in Nepal

The team of Nepalese lead­ers par­tic­i­pat­ing in the L4UHC pro­gramme tack­led one of the coun­try’s ma­jor health-care bot­tle­necks: the lack of es­sen­tial drugs in pri­mary health fa­cil­i­ties. The story of this ini­tia­tive il­lus­trates that ad­vanc­ing to­ward UHC is not a sim­ple and straight path, but com­mit­ted lead­er­ship, adapt­abil­ity and per­se­ver­ance can go a long way to­wards get­ting there.

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Training on openMEDIS

Uzbekistan
Hospital inventory and maintenance in Uzbekistan go digital

Modern medical equipment requires a modern approach to maintenance. With German support, the Ministry of Health of Uzbekistan is setting up an inventory and maintenance system to manage the growing volume of sophisticated medical devices in the country’s hospitals.

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Sam Kunthea was identified as eligible for IDPoor

German Health Practice Collection
Leaving no one behind: Cambodia’s IDPoor system

Approximately every fifth Cambodians lives in poverty. By certain measures, up to 50% of the population are either poor or vulnerable to becoming poor. This case study describes the evolution of Cambodia’s IDPoor programme, now more than a decade old, and the insights it offers into sustainable poverty identification in a lower-middle-income country.

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Project stories

RSBY beneficiaries in Kerala

India
Has RSBY made a difference for India’s women and girls?

In spring 2017, India launched a new national health policy which re-emphasizes the importance of women’s health and the need for gender mainstreaming. At the same time, the country is in the process of changing its public health insurance landscape for poor and vulnerable population groups. But are these measures sufficient to im-prove women’s access to healthcare?

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Good reads

Taking the future into their own hands

Yemen
Taking the future into their own hands

Yemen suffers from a high rate of maternal mortality, yet families continue to marry off their teenage daughters so as to reduce the number of mouths they have to feed. This story illustrates how the Yamaan Foundation, with KfW support, is addressing this problem by promoting family planning through a network of midwives, doctors, clinics and health centres across the war-torn and poverty stricken country.

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Caroline Kwamboka and Eunice Murambi, IPPF, and Albert Eckert, moderator

Conference
15th International Dialogue in Berlin: Leaving no one behind

Young people, people living with disabilities, and people living in fragile settings continue to be among the least able to realise their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and are vulnerable to discrimination, violence and illness. Safeguarding SRHR for these very groups lies at the heart of the 2030 Agenda vision for sustainable development.

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Partners from ESA countries discuss next steps

Comprehensive sexuality education
Scaling up Sexual and Reproductive Health for youths in the ESA region

From 25 to 27 October 2017 high-level political decision-makers and implementers from health, education, youth and gender sectors, including the UN family, gathered in Pretoria for a transnational learning exchange conference, hosted by the ESA (Eastern and Southern Africa) Regional Programme for Implementation of the ESA Commitment, commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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The winning team

Urban health
KfW hackathon generates innovative urban health solutions

At this year’s World Health Summit, KfW Entwicklungsbank organised a two-day hackathon at which teams of young experts from countries around the world searched for innovative solutions to urban health challenges. At the award ceremony KfW General Manager Joachim Nagel praised the three winning teams, saying that ‘the international community needs innovations like these to tackle the enormous challenges it faces’.

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Delegates at Lessons for the Future conference

International conference
Lessons for East Africa from the Ebola outbreak

During West Africa’s Ebola outbreak (2014-16) some 500 East African professionals from various disciplines supported their West African colleagues in responding to the epidemic. This conference brought together some of these professionals to share their experiences for the first time and to document the lessons learned so that these as a result of these can inform future responses to major disease outbreaks on the continent.

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