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Monday, August 31, 2015 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Why advocating universal free primary health care is irresponsible at best

Source: Brookings

In a recent Lancet article, Dean Jamison reports on a set of committee conclusions that calls on every country, no matter what its circumstances, to commit to universal health care. I can no longer say that no “real” economist would say such a thing.
Monday, August 17, 2015 — South Asia

Big Response to Government’s Low-Cost Insurance Schemes in India

Source: The Hindu Business Line

The low-premium life and accident insurance schemes introduced by the government recently have elicited huge response, attracting 11 crore subscribers in just three months.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 — No Region Specified

China to Expand Medical Insurance for Major Illnesses

Source: Business Insider

China will expand medical insurance to cover all critical illnesses for all urban and rural residents by the end of the year, the cabinet said on Sunday, the latest step in a plan to fix a healthcare system that has sparked public discontent.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 — South Asia

BlackBerry’s Prescription for Success in Healthcare

Source: The Financial Express

“Technology and mobility will play a crucial role in revolutionising the healthcare system and propelling the next phase of growth in India,” says Annie Mathew, Director, Alliances and Business Development, BlackBerry. In conversation with Abhishek Raval.
Monday, June 15, 2015 — No Region Specified

Some 400 million lack healthcare worldwide: WHO and World Bank

Source: Reuters

An estimated 400 million people worldwide lack access to at least one of seven essential health services, ranging from pregnancy care to clean water, according to a report released on Friday by the World Health Organization and World Bank.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 — No Region Specified

China and UHC in Africa

Source: Devex

The Ebola crisis was a tragic awakening for people around the world about the crucial importance of strong health systems. The numbers are staggering. As a result of the virus — and the weak systems that were unable to contain it — more than 10,000 people have died in West Africa. The social impact of such a large-scale health crisis is incalculable, and the devastating economic fallout in the region will be felt for some time.
Thursday, April 16, 2015 — Asia Pacific

Microinsurance Program Lets People Trade Their Garbage for Free Health Care in Indonesia

Source: Aquila Style

In what is an innovative first for the region, a company in Indonesia is now offering to recycle your trash for two free visits to the doctor. Now, how clever is that?
Friday, March 27, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New Pandemic Insurance to Prevent Crises Through Early Payouts

Source: Reuters

In the wake of the Ebola crisis, a quiet revolution is taking place that is set to transform the way governments and aid agencies respond to major disease outbreaks.
Friday, November 21, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

LeapFrog Set To Acquire East African Health Insurance Firm For $18m

Source: Ventures

LeapFrog Investments and Resolution Insurance announced today, that LeapFrog intends to invest $18.7 million for a majority stake in Resolution Insurance,through its holding company, Resolution Health East Africa Limited.
Thursday, October 16, 2014 — Latin America

IDB and PepsiCo Foundation Launch Innovative Program to Prevent Undernutrition and Obesity in Latin American Infants

Source: Inter-American Development Bank

On the eve of World Food Day, the IDB and the PepsiCo Foundation announce $5 million grant for nutrition program to help children in Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru
Thursday, October 9, 2014 — South Asia

Health insurance reduces mortality among Indian poor

Source: IANS Live

Washington, Oct 9 (IANS) An Indian government scheme to provide health insurance for catastrophic illness to households below the poverty line (BPL) has lowered both mortality rates and out-of-pocket expenses for the residents in Karnataka, a World Bank-funded study shows.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

Unilever Pledges to Help 25 Million People Gain Improved Access to Toilets

Source: Sustainable Brands

Today, at the Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park, Unilever is announcing a commitment to help 25 million people gain improved access to toilets by 2020.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 — South Asia

Health insurers offer Nano price

Source: The Times of India

With increased penetration of government health insurance schemes like RSBY ( Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana) coupled with private hospitals building capacity across the country, health insurers are also looking at smaller markets.
Thursday, July 31, 2014 — South Asia

India's battle against unneeded medical care finds World Bank support

Source: Reuters

India needs to curtail excessive medical care that leads to patient overspending as more people get health insurance, the World Bank said on Thursday, adding voice to a growing chorus against overtreatment in the country.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

International Labour Office, World Bank to Enhance Access to Insurance in Africa and Asia

Source: This Day Live

The International Labour Office (ILO) and the World Bank Group (WBG) have signed a memorandum of understanding that aims to provide access to improved insurance products to hundreds of thousands of smallholder farmers, small businesses and individuals in Asia and Africa.
Friday, July 11, 2014 — South Asia

BlackBerry Up on Plans for New Healthcare Platform in India


Finally, things are shaping up well for Canadian handset manufacturer BlackBerry Limited. According to a report in Economic Times, Blackberry is planning to introduce a novel service platform designed to cater to the needs of the health care sector.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

'Millions denied end-of-life drugs'

Source: BBC News

Lack of access to pain relief for dying patients is a "public health emergency", say experts.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 — South Asia

Nathealth and Nasscom in Pact to Deliver Healthcare Services in India

Source: The Hindu Business Line

“The idea is that healthcare cannot go to next level without IT. So, there is an opportunity for businesses to collaborate."
Thursday, January 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

Top 10 Global Health Issues to Watch in 2014

Source: IntraHealth International

The past year has given us plenty of global health successes to celebrate.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

Indonesia’s Universal Healthcare — Will it Work?

Source: Global Indonesian Voices

The rollout of universal health coverage in Indonesia has been greeted with public enthusiasm, but health experts warn that inadequate funding could undermine the quality of care.
Thursday, January 9, 2014 — South Asia

The Indian government launched a comprehensive programme to improve the health of adolescents


Adolescents comprise over 21 percent of the over 121 core population, in the country with a focus on community-based interventions.
Thursday, October 3, 2013 — No Region Specified

Africa: Global Movement Emerges for Universal Health Coverage

Source: allAfrica

An emerging movement of global leaders of government, civil society and finance is urging United Nations member states, as they meet in New York, to include universal health coverage (UHC) in the next round of global goals for economic development, just as similar reforms take root in the US.
Thursday, September 26, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa’s Healthcare Cocktail: Of Coverage, Cost And Innovation

Source: Ventures Africa

“You guys are investing in hospitals.” That was the question (or masked hope) of an American-trained Ethiopian doctor, the owner and head doctor of a local hospital in Addis Ababa. The question is a familiar one to investors in many of Sub-Saharan Africa’s emerging economies. Many foreign-trained doctors are returning home to the desperate health sectors in Africa. The perilous state of health care in Sub-Saharan Africa begs for more investment. Communicable and parasitical diseases persist, with few countries able to provide basic sanitation, clean water and adequate nutrition to all of their citizenry. Few countries are able to spend the $35 per person that the World Health Organization (WHO) considers the minimum for basic health care. But despite the extensive poverty, more than 50 percent of Sub-Saharan Africa’s health expenditure is paid out-of-pocket by individuals.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

Universal health coverage within reach for developing countries


Once seen as a distant objective, economic growth and political will are now bringing universal health coverage within reach for the developing world. But great financial and social challenges still remain to be addressed before the vision becomes reality, EurActiv France reports. Developing countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa are quickly catching up with European healthcare standards, although it will take nearly half a century before all can provide comparable treatments.
Friday, August 23, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Smart cards that top-up health

Source: BBC Future

Most of Kenya’s population can’t afford the crippling expenses if they fall seriously ill. But help is at their fingertips via their mobile phones.
Thursday, August 15, 2013 — South Asia

For Indian tech startups, Obamacare mean big bucks as 45 mn Americans pick health covers

Source: The Economic Times

A number of young Indian companies that make specialised software and analytics for global healthcare providers are recording a sharp upswing in business as millions of uninsured Americans enrol in a new healthcare system.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Malawi's Health Care Subject Of Intense Worry For Country's Poor

Source: Huffington Post

Fagnes Matunga lives about as far away as a Malawian can from the country’s capital city of Lilongwe. Her village of thatch-roof huts is perched on the summit of a windswept mountain. The dirt road that serves as the main thoroughfare doubles as a porous border between her native Malawi and neighboring Mozambique. Trucks that carry her meager crop of Irish potatoes to urban markets — and the ambulances that transport laboring women in urgent need of C-sections — travel hours to reach the paved highway.
Thursday, August 8, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Top 3 Public Health Trends Across Africa

Source: Forbes

In advance of the many health-related discussions to take place in September at the Clinton Global Initiative, the Social Good Summit, UN week and other such events, the Skoll World Forum asked some of the world’s leading voices in global health to paint a comprehensive picture of key trends, challenges and opportunities to realizing healthcare access and treatment around the world.
Friday, July 19, 2013 — No Region Specified

Innovation for Health: How Text Messages and Micro-Insurance Help the Urban Poor Stay Healthy

Source: The Huffington Post

Slum residents across the Global South lack access to affordable health care services. Despite a pervasive lack of funding, often mediocre infrastructure, and too few trained personnel, slum dwellers have come up with innovative solutions. Using forums, text messages, micro-insurance, and community engagement, they help residents in Mumbai, Nairobi, Jakarta, Rio de Janeiro, and Mexico City lead healthier lives.
Thursday, July 18, 2013 — South Asia

Hyderabad Debates Health Insurance Model As Public Hospitals Decay

Source: The New York Times

On February 21, during the afternoon rush hour in a busy shopping center in downtown Hyderabad in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, two makeshift bombs packed with bolts and nails were detonated in one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in the city’s history. Over 100 people were injured by the blasts, and many were transported for treatment to Osmania General Hospital, the largest public hospital in the city.
Thursday, June 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

Car crashes should be a global health priority, scientists say

Source: Los Angeles Times

Given the personal suffering caused by traffic accidents -- 1.2 million deaths a year worldwide -- there's far too little attention paid by health researchers, scientists argued Tuesday.
Monday, June 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

Micro Health Insurance: Chronicle of a Death Foretold?

Source: CGAP

Is there a future for micro health insurance? Is it destined to go by the wayside as governments take on an increasingly larger share of the burden of providing coverage to their populations? Should it?
Thursday, June 6, 2013 — South Asia

What are the biggest problems for Indian healthcare system?

Source: The Times of India

The Indian healthcare system is a dilapidated state. The costs seem to raise everyday which makes it unaffordable for a large chuck of the population. Recently Indian Health Progress (IHP) organisation with support from PhRMa discussed what the Indian healthcare system desperately needs and the steps to improve it. Aman Gupta, Principal Advisory of IHP shares the key areas that need to be developed urgently.
Thursday, December 20, 2012 — South Asia

RSBY health insurance scheme launched in Arunachal

Source: Money Control

Itanagar, Dec 19 (PTI) The Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), a health insurance scheme of the Centre for people living below poverty line was launched today in Arunachal Pradesh.
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