Health systems

Health and the law: new report launch

Can we achieve the SDG health targets without the rule of law? Advancing the Right to Health: The Vital Role of Law

Organised by the World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, and the Sydney Law School, University of Sydney; hosted by the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute.

Tracking universal health coverage: First global monitoring report

12 June 2015 | A World Health Organization and World Bank Group report launched today shows that 400 million people do not have access to essential health services and 6% of people in low- and middle-income countries are tipped into or pushed further into extreme poverty because of health spending.

APPS Evaluation Report published

The African Partnerships for Patient Safety (APPS) programme issued an evaluation into its partnership-based approach aimed at improving infection prevention and control (IPC) and the safety of health services. The findings of this evaluation are of particular relevance in the current global health context. The report describes the perceived and actual value that hospital-to-hospital partnerships add and whether, and to what extent, such a model can stimulate the spread of patient safety and IPC improvements beyond the immediate hospitals involved in each partnership.

Health systems recovery

January 2016 -- Recovering from Ebola requires getting essential health services back up and running in a safe and reliable way, and addressing the weaknesses of the system. WHO is supporting Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone on the road to recovery.

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Nursing and midwifery services

2 millionmore doctors, nurses and midwives are required

Nursing and midwifery


100 millionpeople pushed into poverty because of direct health payments

10 facts on universal health coverage

Increase priority given to health

70countries devote less than 10% of general government expenditure to health

Global Health Expenditure Database


Health systems

A well-functioning health system
working in harmony is built on having
trained and motivated health
workers, a well-maintained infrastructure,
and a reliable supply of medicines
and technologies, backed by adequate
funding, strong health plans and
evidence-based policies.