PSI’s Report Card

by Karl Hofmann, PSI President & CEO It isn’t enough to talk about failing fast, being transparent and sharing insights. You have to take risks and then, regardless of the wins or loses, feel comfortable enough to let people know the lessons you learned. In wrapping up PSI’s most recent strategic plan, which stretched from

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Health is a Right, Not a Privilege: Universal Health Coverage Gains Momentum

By Jennifer Orford Over the next two weeks Impact will post the top 12 global health moments of 2015 with commentary from experts. We want to hear your thoughts, too. So login and comment, share on social media and reflect on what has been a pretty interesting year for global health. In 2015, a global

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Universal Health Coverage Day: 4 Reasons to Include Voluntary Family Planning in UHC

By Sandy Garçon, Manager, External Relations and Communications, PSI This December 12th, we join a global coalition in calling for greater action on universal health coverage (UHC). PSI is committed to the goal of UHC, which means ensuring that every person, everywhere, has access to essential and quality health care they need without causing undue financial

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#ICYMI: Top Global Health Tweets this Week

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI If you’ve had time this week between end-of-year emails and brief edits to check Twitter you may have noticed there’s been a lot going in the global health world. This Thursday marked the end of the #16Days of activism against gender-based violence on Human Rights Day. And organizations working

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5 Interesting Ways Countries use Taxes to Pay for Health Care

By Minal Bopaiah, Communications Manager, PSI Many U.S. citizens are sighing with relief after filing their annual income tax forms today. And this year, for the first time, a citizen’s registration with a health insurance policy will affect their tax rate. But while the U.S. has been hesitant to use tax revenue to bolster its health

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3 Ways to Fast-Track UHC in the Developing World

By Karl Hofmann and Simon Cooke World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan calls universal health coverage (UHC) “the single most powerful concept that public health has to offer.” But what is UHC? Officially, UHC means that every person, everywhere, has access to health care without suffering financial hardship. Indeed the World Bank, once a staunch advocate

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Strong Health Systems: The Secret Ingredient

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As a global health community, we have the skills and know-how to accomplish these goals, but we must work together and recognize that the ‘secret ingredient’ that binds all of our collective knowledge, skills and interventions is a strong health system. The Lancet Commission on Investing in Health reported this past year that such goals are indeed feasible and would bring about a grand convergence in life expectancy between poor and rich nations in our lifetime. The required investment would pay off 9 to 20 times in full-income returns, and to succeed, half of the resources should be used to strengthen health systems – from human resources to better governance of the sector’s public and private components.

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Rethink your Role in Global Health

How you fund things, and how adequately you fund them, is a major determinant of success, says Amanda Glassman, director of global health policy and a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, a Washington-based think tank. Rolf Rosenkranz, editor at Devex, spoke with Glassman about financing global health.

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Strong Health Systems, the ‘Secret Ingredient’

By Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Global Health, U.S. Agency for International Development In his State of the Union Address 2013, President Barack Obama set forth a vision for achieving what would be one of the greatest con¬tributions to human progress – eliminating extreme poverty. There are many ways in which the global

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