Tagged: Universal Health Coverage

NEWS: UN Adopts Landmark Health Declaration

World leaders have adopted a high-level United Nations Political Declaration on universal health coverage (UHC). This a landmark declaration with the most comprehensive set of health commitments ever adopted at this level. Among these commitments is also alcohol taxation as critical tool to reduce the health burden and help fund health promotion.
“This declaration represents a landmark for global health and development,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General at WHO…

REPORT: Universal Health Coverage and the Forgotten Generation

The editorial focuses on the overlooking of adolescents when it comes to Universal Health Coverage, stating that the political declaration on the UN General Assembly on September 23rd overlooked this generation. The three core indicators of universal health care(coverage, quality, and avoidance of poverty due to expenditure) are rarely achieved in adolescent health…

NEWS: WHO: Progress on Universal Health Coverage Lagging

According to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) progress on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is still lagging. By 2030, 5 billion people would still be left without full access to healthcare, at the current rate of progress. The report also clearly outlines the role alcohol plays in burdening health systems and fueling health inequities.

NEWS: Philippines: Wine Industry Rails Against Alcohol Tax

The wine industry is opposing the proposed alcohol taxes by the Philippine government claiming the measure to be “excessive”. The taxes are set to fund the universal healthcare programme of the country. But MPs have warned industry lobbyists against painting a false picture of the proposed alcohol tax increase, adding that it would instead help the funding gap in the Universal Health Care program implementation…

NEWS: Philippines: Alcohol Tax to Fund Free Health Care

The House of Representatives of Philippines plans to pass an act on increasing and restructuring the excise tax rates on alcohol as one of its priority legislative measures, along with the proposed national budget, before congress goes on break on October 5th. The legislation is part of plans on financing a free health care programme for all…

NEWS: Week #27 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates, and more Big Alcohol revelations.
Special Feature:
A brand new World Bank Group report highlights the importance of and evidence for the role of alcohol taxation to help achieve Universal Health Coverage.
For week 27, our Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains:
Alcohol policy updates come from India (concerning news), the United States (bad news) and Sri Lanka (encouraging news) and a story involving the rapper Snoop Dog.
Fresh science updates are from the United States (extent of alcohol’s harm to others) and from the UK (burden of alcohol on health services).
Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes Coca Cola’s push into Big Alcohol, AB InBev’s tax avoidance in India and how trouble with its alcohol business compels Woolworths in Australia to get rid of the alcohol business…

NEWS: World Bank: Alcohol Taxes for UHC

A new World Bank Group report entitled “High-Performance Health Financing for Universal Health Coverage – Driving Sustainable, Inclusive Growth in the 21st Century” clearly highlights the important role of alcohol (and other health promotion) taxation for achieving universal health coverage (UHC)…

NEWS: WHO, EU Strengthen Cooperation for UHC

Alongside European Development Days, the World Health Organization and the European Commission strengthen their  cooperation to help countries move towards universal health coverage (UHC).
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica signed the next phase of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) partnership programme for 2019–2022, worth € 123.75 million (US$ 135 million), on June 18, 2019…