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Turning the Tide: Building community resilience through climate justice

While climate change is already affecting people all over the world, indigenous peoples are disproportionately vulnerable to its impacts. It is not only biodiversity and the environment that are being devastated, but cultural identity and the traditional knowledge that has historically informed stewardship and protection are also at risk of being lost. To coincide with...

Bridging the RMNCAH gap: Delivering UHC for mothers in the era of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the fragility of many health systems around the globe as many countries have been forced to divert already scarce resources – including midwives and other skilled birth attendants – away from basic services delivery towards the COVID response. This has exacerbated already existing gaps in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and...

Partnering in a pandemic: Advancing global access to health during COVID-19

COVID-19’s long term impact on global health reaches far beyond an immediate health crisis – it has also disrupted basic health care services, elective surgeries, as well as the treatment of non-communicable diseases and chronic illnesses around the globe – and that negative repercussions could drastically increase if lockdowns continue or return. To coincide with...

From the Frontlines: How to move from COVID-19 to health for all

Health workers around the globe responding to the COVID-19 pandemic are already working in strained health care systems and facing numerous challenges, including a lack of personal protective equipment and other resources. The current crisis has highlighted the need for a competent and empowered health workforce, as well as the urgency to ensure front-line personnel...

Partnering for health: Advancing resilient health systems

Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 3 to “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all,” including universal health coverage by 2030, will require efforts across all layers and sectors of society. Only if governments, the private sector, and the global development community come together can we ensure these goals are translated from lofty ambition to reality....

Harnessing the power of data and digital technology for health transformation in the COVID-19 recovery

Strengthening health systems is no longer an issue confined to national borders, but a prerequisite for global health security and well-being. Digital technologies offer tremendous promise to reduce costs and expand global access to health care. However, actual implementation of digital health technologies remains complex and fragmented, especially in low-resource settings.​ The COVID-19 pandemic has...

Achieving the SDGs: Delivering Mental Health for All

In 2020 the focus of UNGA is the “Decade of Action”, focussing on the final ten years of action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To achieve the SDGs — and particularly Goal 3 of ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all — it is vital that we include mental health. Ensuring good mental...

Conference call: An inside look at UNGA 75

COVID-19. Climate change. The Sustainable Development Goals. The United Nations observes its 75th anniversary amid new health risks and an undercurrent of political and social uncertainty. World leaders, business titans, and civil society members will meet to mark the U.N. General Assembly’s new session, but things will look a bit different this year with virtual...