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'Welcome to the August issue ‒ three weeks away from the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) during which the UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UN HLM on UHC) will take place. We bring you a lot of exciting opportunities for engagement around the HLM and UNGA. If you will be in New York City, plan to join our strategy session, and other CSEM co-hosted events. If not, look out for the many opportunities for remote engagement that we will share, closer to the start of UNGA...'
COMMENT (NPW): Are any HIFA members planning to be at this meeting? If so, it would be wonderful if you can share your reflections with HIFA while you are there - and invite all delegates with an interest in global health to join one of our HIFA forums.
The HIFA Steering Group recently submitted an article to the WHO Bulletin about how universal access to essential healthcare information is a prerequisite for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and how its potential to accelerate progress toward UHC and other Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) health targets should be recognised and acted upon internationally. We wait to see if this is accepted for publication in a special issue of WHO Bulletin planned for January 2020. In the meantime we have also been advocating with the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators for healthcare information to be included in the SDGs, particularly SDG 3.8.1 on UHC. Our thanks to Geoff Royston and Chris Zielinski for representing us at IAEG conferences.
Best wishes, Neil
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