IHP news 504: UHC

By on January 11, 2019

Devex – Nigeria faces a health financing cliff edge

https://www.devex.com/news/nigeria-faces-a-health-financing-cliff-edge-93968

Over the next two decades, Nigeria is expected to become ineligible for a range of external health financing sources, from Global Fund grants to World Bank financing, due to the country’s improving economic performance and the timelines of funds that are due to expire. Already, funding from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative is set to drop by 40 percent in 2019. Earlier this year, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance agreed to an extension on vaccination funding, but only until 2028. Despite this, many of Nigeria’s key health interventions — including on polio eradication, vaccination programs, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and maternal and child health — remain almost entirely dependent on foreign donors, with the government committing just $5 per citizen to health under its current budget. As donor money starts to shift away, and the clock runs out to establish a locally backed replacement, patients are already feeling the impact. …”

Interesting read, with quotes from Biodun Awosusi (health economist) and Paulin Basinga (Gates Foudation country director), among others.

Washington Post – House Democrats vote to defend ACA in court — and jam Republicans

WP;

It’s payback time on ACA.

“House Democrats used their new majority on Thursday to squeeze Republicans on health care, taking the first step to intervene in a court case in which a Texas judge has ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. That move will be followed by a vote next week designed to force GOP lawmakers into a political corner: agree to defend a law many members have spent years reviling or appear to oppose popular ACA protections for millions of Americans with preexisting medical conditions that many have pledged to uphold….”

Meanwhile, progressive politicians both at state level and local level are moving forward to boost health services & coverage, after the midterms elections proved that health care was a very salient issue for many voters.

By way of example: FT –  New York City to offer healthcare for all residents

“Mayor de Blasio joins progressive politicians seeking to expand coverage for uninsured.”

CMN – Bolivia to Create Universal Healthcare for Its People

https://www.collegemedianetwork.com/bolivia-to-create-universal-healthcare-for-its-people/

Noticed by Rob Yates’ UHC eagle eye. “

The government of Bolivia under the presidential administration of Evo Morales announced on January 2, 2019, will implement universal healthcare coverage for more than 5 million uninsured people nationwide in March.”

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