Dr. Juliet Nabyonga-Orem | Editor In-Chief
Dr. Juliet Nabyonga-Orem is a leading health systems expert with experience spanning over 2 decades. She has been instrumental in the transformation of health systems in many African countrie...Read More
Dr. Koku Awoonor-Williams | Editor
Dr. Koku Awoonor-Williams is a health systems and policy analyst. He has almost 3 decades of experience in senior health management in Ghana including 16 years as District Medical Officer/Med...Read More
Prof. Oladele Akogun | Editor
Prof. Oladele Akogun has spent over 25 years on health system research, focusing on access to and utilization of intervention services. He holds a PhD in Public Health and a Postgraduate Dipl...Read More
Cry no more: Universal access to cancer treatment is possible in a low-income country as we learn from the Uganda experience.
Date of Publication: April 22, 2021
Unaffordable, impoverishing, stressful…are the repeated phrases characterising the road to cancer treatment in low income countries (LICs). However, the government of Uganda, through the Uganda cancer institute has defied the odds as we explore in this blog.
The double burden of disease (communicable and non-communicable), with the associated high cost for prevention and treatment, and the need for sophisticated interventions and service delivery models, are resounding challenges to achieving universal health coverage(UHC) in LICs, Uganda inclusive. Closely related to this is the increasing ...Likes: 0 Dislikes: 0 Number of Reads: 219 Comments: 0 Export to PDF 43 Read More
“Imprisoning” patients unable to settle their medical bills: a public health issue or human rights crisis?
Date of Publication: January 30, 2021
Health is a fundamental human right which creates an obligation for countries to ensure the availability and access to affordable healthcare services for its citizens without discrimination. This obligation notwithstanding, users may be unable to pay for services following hospital discharge. Even with the advent of national health insurance schemes, some persons may still be unable to pay for services out of pocket leading to their detention or ‘imprisonment’ in the healthcare facility till the bills are settled. The issue is a rather complex one which often raises crucial medical, ethical, and legal concerns and this blog...Likes: 8 Dislikes: 0 Number of Reads: 530 Comments: 1 Export to PDF 127 Read More
Date of Publication: January 24, 2021
Africa, with the least total wealth out of the major global regions, has experienced a good COVID-19 case rate which is somewhat hard due to the poor enforcement of restrictive measures that are aimed at curbing the spread of the virus. Concerns have been raised with regards to the accuracy of the c...Likes: 2 Dislikes: 0 Number of Reads: 681 Comments: 1 Export to PDF 116 Read More
Date of Publication: December 11, 2020
In September 2019, the world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly adopted the UN high-level Political Declaration on universal health coverage (UHC). In adopting the declaration, UN Member States committed to advance towards UHC by investing in health systems, especially the foundations for a stronger primary health care. The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, welcomed the political declaration on UHC as “the most comprehensive agreement ever reached on global health”.
A few months later...Likes: 2 Dislikes: 0 Number of Reads: 458 Comments: 0 Export to PDF 158 Read More
Date of Publication: October 5, 2020
In recent times, Ghana has been riddled with news of many gory road fatalities which have rendered families rid of beloved relatives and friends. A recent data from the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service as reported by graphic online indicated that in 2019 alone, 2,284 fatalities occurred due to road accidents in Ghana, with the Greater Accra Region leading the figures with 449 deaths followed by Ashanti and the Eastern region respectively. These alarming figures have no...Likes: 0 Dislikes: 0 Number of Reads: 183 Comments: 0 Export to PDF 181 Read More
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