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Fact sheet: Universal Health Coverage

Fact sheet
This fact sheet presents an overview with key facts on universal health coverage, country progress toward UHC, and WHO response in the African Region.

Published by: WHO Regional Office for Africa

Prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases in emergencies

Fact sheet

This information sheet provides answers to frequently asked questions on emergencies, their impact on people with noncommunicable diseases, and the challenges in treating and managing noncommuicable diseases in emergencies in the region of the Eastern Mediterranean.

Published by: WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

Regional framework for action on cancer prevention and control

Fact sheet

This framework is intended to be used as
a tool by Member States to prioritize strategic interventions for cancer prevention and control, based on best available evidence, complementing other WHO tools recently developed to support national country
responses in the field of cancer prevention and control. It covers six key areas: governance; prevention; early
detection; treatment; palliative care; and surveillance and research.

Published by: WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

Management of noncommunicable diseases in primary health care

Strategy document

This information sheet provides answers to frequently asked questions on primary health care for noncommunicable disease management, health governance, and essential medicines in the region of the Eastern Mediterranean.

Published by: WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

NCD best buys and other effective interventions

Fact sheet

This document provides policymakers with a list of ‘best buys’ and other recommended interventions to address noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) based on an update of Appendix 3 of the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013–2020.

Published by: WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

NCD best buys and other effective interventions

Fact sheet

This document provides policymakers with a list of ‘best buys’ and other recommended interventions to address noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) based on an update of Appendix 3 of the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013–2020.

Published by: WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

NCD best buys and other effective interventions

Fact sheet

This document provides policymakers with a list of ‘best buys’ and other recommended interventions to address noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) based on an update of Appendix 3 of the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013–2020.

Published by: WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

Early detection of cancers common in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

Publication
This publication explores the impact of the growing burden of cancer in countries of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region is evident, and necessitates implementation of suitable and effective cancer control policies.

Published by: WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

Research for Universal Health Coverage

Report
The World health report: research for universal health coverage focuses on the importance of research in advancing progress towards universal health coverage. In addition, it identifies the benefits of increased investment in health research by low and middle-income countries using case studies from around the world, and proposes ways to further strengthen this type of research.

Published by: World Health Organization

Health systems financing: The path to universal coverage

Report
In this report, the World Health Organization maps out what countries can do to modify their financing systems so they can move more quickly towards this goal - universal coverage - and sustain the gains that have been achieved. The report builds on new research and lessons learnt from country experience. It provides an action agenda for countries at all stages of development and proposes ways that the international community can better support efforts in low income countries to achieve universal coverage and improve health outcomes.

Published by: World Health Organization

Improving access and appropriate use of medicines for mental disorders

Report

This report, based on a consultative process and extensive literature reviews, provides information to improve access to essential medicines for mental disorders. It examines current barriers to access to psychotropic medicines and identifies key actions for overcoming those barriers, organized as a function of four access components – selection, availability, affordability, appropriate use. Further, it provides evidence-based guidance for appropriate use of medicines in people with mental disorders.

Published by: World Health Organization

Improving health systems and services for mental health

Report

This document presents an integrated strategy for mental health system development that will lead to enhanced service delivery, improved outcomes, and improved human rights for people with mental disorders.

Published by: World Health Organization

Innovation in deinstitutionalization: A WHO expert survey

Report
To better understand this vexing issue, 78 mental health experts representing 42 countries were surveyed on the relative usefulness of different methods to expand community-based mental health services, and/or to downsize institution-based care. Results indicate that there are several successful paths to deinstitutionalization. Most respondents emphasized—directly or indirectly—the importance of political skill and timing.

Published by: World Health Organization

Guidelines for primary health care in low-resource settings

Guide
These guidelines provide recommendations on the diagnosis and management of type 2 diabetes and the management of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in primary health care in low-resource settings.

Published by: World Health Organization

Atlas of headache disorders and resources in the world 2011

Report
Despite that headache is felt at some time by nearly everybody, and almost half the world’s adults at any one time have recent personal experience of one or more of the three very common headache disorders, much is unknown about the public-health impact of these conditions. It is not known how, or how much, they affect many of the populations of the world, or how healthcare and other resources are utilized to mitigate their effects. This first global enquiry into these matters illuminates the worldwide neglect of this common health problem, and reveals the inadequacies of responses to it in countries throughout the world.

Published by: World Health Organization

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