devex – Universal health coverage : Is it possible?

Universal health coverage: It’s a topic we’ve been exploring for the past few weeks in all its complexity, but are efforts on track to help get us there?

Who’s saying what? Helping us to discover what the term means, how UHC targets can be achieved in practice, and what’s left to do on the road to UHC, a number of thought leaders have been having their say.

The International Vaccine Access Center’s Lois Privor-Dumm highlighted the role of preventive care and vaccinations, the Novartis Foundation’s Ann Aerts emphasized the need for partnerships, and the World Health Organization’s Dr. Tedros laid down a marker by saying that when it comes to UHC there really are no more excuses.

So is UHC possible to achieve? We’ve asked the question to a wide range of stakeholders, traveling to Papua, Indonesia to explore the issues of innovation and access in tackling maternal mortality.

Find out more on our Healthy Horizons site.

What are you saying? Do you think achieving UHC is possible? Let us know by using #HealthyHorizons and tagging @Devex on Twitter and Facebook.

Sincerely, devex

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SRF Rundschau – Theke: Walter Fust

Milliarden verschob Angolas Herrscherfamilie in einen Fonds – angeblich, um die Armut der Bevölkerung zu bekämpfen. Vorerst aber profitieren nicht die Ärmsten, sondern die Reichen: etwa der wegen ungetreuer Geschäftsbesorgung verurteilte Schweiz-Angolaner Jean-Claude Bastos. Er kassiert Millionen fürs Fonds-Management. Experten kritisieren Bastos Investments und vermuten Klientelwirtschaft. Dennoch sind prominente Schweizer mit Bastos verbandelt: SBB-Präsidentin Monika Ribar etwa, oder der ehemalige oberste Schweizer Entwicklungshelfer, Ex-Deza-Chef Walter Fust. Walter Fust stellt sich an der Rundschau-Theke den Fragen von Sandro Brotz zu seinem geschäftlichen Engagement bei Jean-Claude Bastos.

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SIETAR – 2018 Congress

Over the years, the intercultural field has revisited the notion of culture and the impact of different norms on human exchanges, focussing on the issues impacting intercultural interactions.

In parallel, the drive towards uniformity for the benefits of globalisation has clearly shown its limitations and the positioning of man at the centre of the ecosystem we occupy, demonstrated its incoherence with sustainability.

In a world undergoing profound mutations, a key element for social transformation is the co-existence of diverse cultures, ethnicities, nationalities, religions and values. Discriminatory attitudes and policies against those perceived as different have crept into organizations and society at large, in an attempt to neutralize, reduce or even eliminate diversity, wrongly perceived as a cost and disturbance.

Our purpose for this congress is to go beyond differences and focus on new perspectives, practices and positive actions that can support the co-creation of a common culture that will nurture itself from increased diversity – both in our daily lives and in the workplace – and lead to a better world.

Our role as intercultural trainers, coaches and mediators is essential to support this process. Our practice needs to respond to the challenge.

In the coming weeks, further information will be communicated about the conference, speakers and presenters, pre-conference certifications and logistical support for participants intending to travel

We have a great venue in Lugano thanks to the support of our academic advisor, the Università della Svizzera italiana.

The Board welcomes your attendance, asks you to save the date in your agenda and to spread the word for our first congress which, we trust, will provide for inspiring exchanges and enhanced learning opportunities. Membership rates for registration will be extended to all SIETAR National Association members.

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Devex – Global health security : where’s the money?

Hi Devex member,

Is enough investment being made, are our health systems strong enough, and ultimately are we prepared to deal with the health threats to come? These are just some of the questions that governments and the global development and humanitarian aid communities are being pushed to reflect upon, and an area Devex, in partnership with PATH and Johnson & Johnson, is opening up to our community.

From Healthy to Secure is a conversation exploring the connections between health and security, and looking at the critical need for investment in health systems. In this era of increased interconnectivity, diseases have the potential to impact community health outcomes and compromise global health security across borders. Building resilient health infrastructures that make the world safe and secure is key.

Who’s saying what? We take a look at the strategies and challenges in ensuring global health security, Michael Chertoff, former secretary of the U.S. department of homeland security, explains how mitigating a health emergency is a part of security measures, and PATH’s Carolyn Reynolds drives home the need for increased investment.

What’s left to come? We’ve got guest columns from security and health experts, in-depth video interviews, and an in-depth look inside a recent special report — so stay tuned.

Got something to say? Let us know what you think about the intersection of health and security by heading over to Twitter and Facebook, using #Health4Security and tagging @Devex.

80,000 HOURS – What are the 10 most harmful jobs?

We spend most of our time discussing the most helpful careers that you should take.

We just created a three minute career recommender to highlight some of the options with the largest positive social impact for you.

As most of the people we talk to are deciding between reasonable to excellent options, this seems like the right focus.

But which careers are the worst?

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WEF – A plate of bean stew costs $320 in South Sudan, but just $1 in New York. Why?

It is not always a lack of available food that causes people to go hungry.

And the world’s most expensive plate of food (relative to income) is found not at a swanky restaurant in New York, Paris or Tokyo, but in South Sudan.

The World Food Programme (WFP) has calculated the cost of food as a proportion of income in a special index called “Counting the Beans”, with devastating implications.

The real price of a plate of bean stew is $321.7 in South Sudan but just $1.20 in New York.

It means that someone living in New York might spend just 0.6% of their daily income on the ingredients to make a simple bean stew, whereas someone in South Sudan would need to spend 155% of their daily income.

That means working for a day and a half to afford a simple meal. And the result is hunger.

According to the Counting the Beans index, the same bean stew would cost $27.77 in Nepal, $72.65 in Haiti and $190.11 in Syria.

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swissinfo.ch – How decisions in Geneva impact all of our lives

What actually takes place behind the scenes of the United Nations in Geneva? In a new swissinfo.ch series, longtime Geneva correspondent Imogen Foulkes provides insights into the often criticised institution, from the drama to the humdrum.

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UNFPA – State of World Population (SWOP) 2017

In today’s world, gaps in wealth have grown shockingly wide. Billions of people linger at the bottom, denied their human rights and prospects for a better life. At the top, resources and privileges accrue at explosive rates, pushing the world ever further from the vision of equality embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Inequality is often understood in terms of income or wealth—the dividing line between the rich and poor. But, in reality, economic disparities are only one part of the inequality story. Many other social, racial, political and institutional dimensions feed on each other, and together block hope for progress among people on the margins.

Two critical dimensions are gender inequality, and inequalities in realizing sexual and reproductive health and rights; the latter, in particular, still receives inadequate attention. Neither explains the totality of inequality in the world today, but both are essential pieces that demand much more action. Without such action, many women and girls will remain caught in a vicious cycle of poverty, diminished capabilities, unfulfilled human rights and unrealized potential—especially in developing countries, where gaps are widest.

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TagesAnzeiger – Umstrittene Entwicklungshelfer aus der Privatwirtschaft

Der Bund setzt auf ein grösseres Engagement von Firmen in der Entwicklungshilfe – Experten warnen.

Bei einigen Hilfswerken ist die Skepsis gegenüber Partnerschaften mit Privaten gross. «Wir haben unsere Zweifel daran, ob das ein guter Weg ist», sagt Tina Goethe vom Hilfswerk Brot für alle. Gelder von Firmen seien in der Entwicklungshilfe nicht per se etwas Gutes; einige Projekte schadeten der lokalen Bevölkerung mehr, als dass sie ihnen nützten.

Die Frage sei auch, ob man nicht Projekte mitfinanziere, die eine Firma ohnehin tätigen würde, weil es in ihrem geschäftlichen Interesse sei. «Das käme einer Verschleuderung öffentlicher Entwicklungsgelder gleich.»

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Climate Action – Chocolate giant Mars announced its $1 billion ‘Sustainability in a Generation’ climate change plan

Mars announced the roll out of a $1 billion investment to help cut greenhouse gas emissions across its value chain by 67% by 2050.

The plan also includes a poverty reduction and sustainability programme for farmers and suppliers, as well as increased food safety and security efforts.

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