This month, Coalition Director John Skibiak made key recommendations for South-South cooperation to improve universal access to reproductive health (RH) supplies. Delivering his keynote address in Tunis to the 16th International Inter-Ministerial Conference on South-South Cooperation in Population and Development, Mr. Skibiak spelt out three distinct ways forward; he called on the community to (1) recognize the value of SRHR within the broader Universal Health Coverage (UHC) agenda, (2) include SRHR within essential health benefits packages, and (3) garner the evidence base to strengthen the systems on which UHC efforts depend.
Opinion: The Road to 2030: Keeping Reproductive Health Supplies in Myanmar’s Universal Health Coverage Scheme7th January 2016
Preparations for universal health coverage are progressing steadily in Myanmar. Reproductive health supplies, including contraceptives, are already a priority for the government. In February 2015, the World Bank and the government of Myanmar entered into a historical agreement to prioritize maternal, newborn, and child healthcare with the Essential Health Services Access Project.
On December 12, 2015, a coalition of more than 600 global partners will mark Universal Health Coverage Day, the three year anniversary of the unanimous adoption of a UN General Assembly resolution that counseled governments to provide universal health coverage to their people.
Opinion: Ensuring access to reproductive health supplies in the context of universal health coverage16th September 2015
Later this month at the meeting of the General Assembly in New York, the United Nations is hosting the Sustainable Development Summit 2015 to launch the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).