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World Health Day 2019 – Universal health coverage

#HealthForAll © World Health OrganizationOn Sunday April 7, the World Health Organization has chosen the theme of universal health coverage to spread awareness amongst decision-makers in health, including ministers of health and other government decision-makers, to commit to taking action to address gaps in universal health coverage in their countries.

Find below a selection of recently published articles relevant to primary health care and equity in health.

Highlighted research by International Journal for Equity in Health

​​​​​​​International Journal for Equity in Health​​​​​​​An evaluation of health systems equity in Indonesia: study protocol
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Government resource contributions to the private-not-for-profit sector in Uganda: evolution, adaptations and implications for universal health coverage
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Moving towards UHC: engaging non-state providers

Presented by the Alliance for HPSR, this special collection pulls together case studies on engaging NSPs, who play a major role in the delivery of health services in many LMICs.
The papers review experiences that reflect significant diversity on various axes, and, overall, provide a unique overview of the sector and rich learning opportunities for engaging NSPs.
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Read the blog by the Editors of this special issue, Zubin Cyrus Shroff & Krishna D Rao

Featured research

Archives of Public HealthArchives of Public Health

Challenges and opportunities towards the road of universal health coverage (UHC) in Nepal: a systematic review

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BMC Health Services ResearchBMC Health Services Research

Effects of mixed provider payment systems and aligned cost sharing practices on expenditure growth management, efficiency, and equity: a structured review of the literature

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Free and universal access to primary healthcare in Mongolia: the service availability and readiness assessment

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BMC MedicineBMC Medicine 

Disaggregating catastrophic health expenditure by disease area: cross-country estimates based on the World Health Surveys

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Universal health coverage for refugees and migrants in the twenty-first century

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Proceedings of the 1st WHO Africa Health Forum: effective partnerships and intersectoral collaborations are critical for attainment of Universal Health Coverage in Africa

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BMC Public HealthBMC Public Health

Universal health coverage in the context of population ageing: What determines health insurance enrolment in rural Ghana?

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Urban health in Africa: a critical global public health priority

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Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation​​​​​​​Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation

Evaluating the health system financing of the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) countries using Grey Relation Analysis and Shannon Entropy

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Willingness to pay for social health insurance and its determinants among public servants in Mekelle City, Northern Ethiopia: a mixed methods study

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Environmental Health​​​​​​​Environmental Health

Being overburdened and medically underserved: assessment of this double disparity for populations in the state of Maryland

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Impact of extreme weather events and climate change for health and social care systems

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Globalization and Health​​​​​​​Globalization and Health

Challenges and dilemmas on universal coverage for non-communicable diseases in middle-income countries: evidence and lessons from Mexico

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Expanding global access to essential medicines: investment priorities for sustainably strengthening medical product regulatory systems

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Health Economics Review​​​​​​​Health Economics Review

How much does community-based targeting of the ultra-poor in the health sector cost? Novel evidence from Burkina Faso

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Out-of-pocket healthcare expenditure in Australia: trends, inequalities and the impact on household living standards in a high-income country with a universal health care system

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Human Resources for Health​​​​​​​Human Resources for Health

Forecasting imbalances in the global health labor market and devising policy responses

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Never again? Challenges in transforming the health workforce landscape in post-Ebola West Africa

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International Journal of Mental Health SystemsInternational Journal of Mental Health Systems

Moving towards universal health coverage for mental disorders in Ethiopia

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National Public Health Week – April 1-7

National Public Health Week
The American Public Health Association, whose annual meeting on 'Creating the healthiest nation' is attended each year by BMC, is leading on National Public Health Week in America.

Find a curated collection of recently published articles chosen by our Editors related to the themes chosen this year.

Explore National Public Health Week at BMC