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Women working in the informal sector

India
Single Window Service Centres for informal sector workers in Karnataka

Even though India has legislated to provide social security for the whole population, there are still large gaps in the actual delivery of benefits, especially for informal sector workers. This is why the government of Karnataka has set up Single Window Service Centres at village level to support these workers in accessing social protection schemes.

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Healthcare workers practising on dolls

Tanzania
Marked rise in survival rates for mothers and babies in Tanzania

Over the last two years a German-supported initiative in the neighbouring regions of Lindi and Mtwara in south-eastern Tanzania has dramatically improved the survival rates and health of mothers and their newborn babies. How was this done? Intensive training and mentoring of healthcare professionals, as part of a health systems approach, seem to have done the trick.

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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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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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Good reads

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Universal Health Coverage
Why pharmaceutical policy matters for Indonesia’s social health insurance

Following a comprehensive assessment of Indonesia’s pharmaceutical policy and medicines management systems, this report presents suggestions how financial deficits of the country’s social health insurance and out-of- pocket payments for medicines could be addressed. A good read for anyone involved in building the institutional and legal frameworks required for UHC.

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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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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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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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