Gold card proposed for nomadic tribe to get healthcare where needed
3 DEC - To help boost access to healthcare for vulnerable people, National Health Security Office (NHSO) chief Sakchai Kanchanawattana has proposed that tribes be given a “gold card”, which allows them to get healthcare service at any state facility.
3 DEC - Medicines for Malaria Venture
Hard to Reach: Providing Healthcare in Armed Conflict
Armed conflict is a global health issue. Long-lasting and protracted conflicts in particular have consequences not only for the war-wounded but also for the health of entire communities. Over the years, global health actors and humanitarian health actors have developed health policies, guidelines, frameworks, and structures to improve delivery of health services in emergencies or humanitarian crises.
World Bank Group support to health services: achievements and challenges
This evaluation aims to assess the roles and contributions of the World Bank Group in supporting health services in client countries. The evaluation also seeks to provide lessons and recommendations for achieving greater development effectiveness in future support to health services. It is the first comprehensive health sector evaluation carried out by the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) since 2009.
ADB provides USD 35M in grant for two projects
30 NOV - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has provided a grant of USD 35M for health sector development and expanding technical and vocational education system in the country. The grant agreements were signed between the finance minister and ADB’s Country Director yesterday. The grant of USD 20M will be used for health sector development programme. The project spanning over five years is expected to foster equitable access to health facilities besides enhancing the efficiency of service delivery.
Đồng Nai to spend billions on preventing deadly pig disease Read more at http://vietnamnews.vn/society/481083/dong-nai-to-spend-billions-on-preventing-deadly-pig-disease.html#D1gzWmDTQPPFhxJP.99
29 NOV - The southern province of Đồng Nai, dubbed Việt Nam’s capital of pig farming, announced on Wednesday that it would spend VNĐ17.3 billion (US$768,800) to prevent the deadly African swine fever from spreading to the area.
Budgeting for a billion: applying health technology assessment (HTA) for universal health coverage in India
Saudamini Vishwanath Dabak et al.,
India recently launched the largest universal health coverage scheme in the world to address the gaps in providing healthcare to its population. Health technology assessment (HTA) has been recognised as a tool for setting priorities as the government seeks to increase public health expenditure. This study aims to understand the current situation for healthcare decision-making in India and deliberate on the opportunities for introducing HTA in the country.
Bicam approves Universal Health Care Bill
28 NOV - A bill that seeks to provide adequate healthcare services to all Filipinos is up for President Rodrigo Duterte's signature in order to become law.
NZ's World Health Organization formal Joint External Evaluation commences
27 NOV - New Zealand’s core capacity to prepare and respond to public health emergencies of international concern will be put under the microscope this week as the World Health Organization (WHO) evaluates our nation’s health security. Visiting experts from Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Republic of Korea, Italy and the WHO, as well as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the International Organisation for Animal Health will conduct an evaluation to assess how well New Zealand has implemented the WHO International Health Regulations 2005 (IHR). They are accompanied by observers and peer reviewers from Jamaica, Fiji, Vanuatu and the Cook Islands.
MERS outbreaks in Saudi Arabia led to increased PPE use
27 NOV Via CIDRAP Subscription required - Jaffar A. Al-Tawfiq et at.,
According to a study yesterday in the American Journal of Infection Control, the MERS-CoV epidemic that began in Saudi Arabia in 2012 resulted in more use of personal protective equipment (PPE) among Saudi healthcare workers. To conduct the study, the authors tracked the use of gloves, surgical masks, N95 respirators, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and soap during April and May of 2013 at a Saudi hospital, which had 17 positive and 82 negative cases of MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) from Apr 1 through Jun 3 of that year.