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December 2019
Universal Health Day Special Issue
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Universal Health in the 21st Century: 40 Years of Alma-Ata. Report of the High-Level Commission.
This report reflects the Commission’s position regarding primary health care (PHC), the search for solutions to ensure the right to health, and the approach taken in discussions, analysis, and recommendations on how to guarantee this right. It is based on reports prepared by the five thematic groups addressing: a) health care model, b) institutional model, c) financing model, d) health and social protection, and e) human resources for health.
 
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From Alma-Ata to Universal Health: 40 Years of Images
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Alma-Ata Declaration, this photo album highlights PAHO’s contributions to the implementation of the Primary Health Care Strategy in the Americas and honors the “champions” who have relentlessly advocated for the health of all people and their communities.
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Compact 303030 PHC for Universal Health
The Compact 30•30•30 is a call to action to intensify and accelerate the efforts of the Region to achieve universal health and the SDGs by 2030. The compact is a joint commitment to reaffirm that health is a right, and that universal means universal—that is, that all people have access to and coverage of comprehensive and quality health services, and interventions to address the social determinants of health, without incurring financial hardship.
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Strategic Directions for Nursing in the Region of the Americas
This document provides strategic guidance for the advancement and strengthening of nursing in health systems and services by doing the following: 
  1. Strengthen and consolidate leadership and strategic management of nursing.
  2. Address the working conditions and capacities of nurses to expand access and coverage with equity and quality. 
  3. Improve the quality of nursing education.
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Regulation of Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products: Concept Note and Recommendations
This document highlights the progress made with regard to advanced therapy products, the risks associated with such products, and the regulatory challenges they pose for Member States with a view to strengthening regulatory systems. The recommendations proposed at the conference form a call to action for governments to consider the development of standards and rules for regulating these products in order to control the use of unapproved therapies and prevent risks to the population.
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Regulatory Reliance Principles: Concept Note and Recommendations
The concept note presents key examples and principles for the practice of regulatory reliance. The goal is to ensure that PANDRH stakeholders continue to increase understanding around reliance in ways that can better inform scenarios for its use.
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Global Monitoring Report on Financial Protection in Health 2019
For the first time, this joint WHO & World Bank report on financial protection establishes global and regional 2015 baselines for an SDG indicator of catastrophic health spending and SDG-related indicators of impoverishment. The report infers from previous trends the challenges to come in protecting people from the financial consequences of paying out of pocket for the health services they need.
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PAN AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH 
Addressing Masculinity and Men’s Health to Advance Universal Health and Gender Equality
Men’s health, as an issue warranting specific attention, has begun to attract more notice as growing evidence emerges of differential epidemiological trends between men and women, particularly with respect to men’s premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and morbidity linked to poor health-seeking behaviors, mental health, and violence, including homicide and injuries.
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Investing in Universal Health in the Americas
Investing in health is a whole-of-society commitment and a requirement for sustainable development. The links between health, development, and economic growth have been well established. There is abundant evidence that demonstrates the benefits of increased health investment for sustainable human development, economic growth, and population well-being. 
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Promoting Universal Health through Primary Health Care
Forty years ago, the Region of the Americas played a critical role in the development and negotiation of the Alma-Ata Declaration, which identified primary health care as a central strategy to the goal of health for all and a comprehensive approach to the organization of health systems. 
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Maternal Health Training Priorities for Nursing and Allied Health Workers in Colombia, Honduras, and Nicaragua
This article assesses maternal health training priorities for primary care human resources for health (HRH) in nursing and allied health workers in Colombia, Honduras, and Nicaragua, to inform maternal care HRH strategic planning efforts. 
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The article shows that it is possible to create fiscal space for health in countries. Creating this fiscal space for health requires specific decisions since economic growth is not enough to generate the additional resources needed.  
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Strengthening Research for Health in the Americas
High-quality research—and the evidence that it yields—is essential for improving global health and health equity, as well as economic development. This thematic issue explores how this research can drive effective and efficient health systems across the Americas, and offers insights and perspectives on developments and challenges following the implementation of these policies.
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Financial and Fiscal Space for Universal Health
Investing in health is a whole-of-society commitment and a requirement for sustainable development. The links between health, development and economic growth have been well established with abundant evidence that demonstrates the benefits of increased health investment for sustainable human development, eco­nomic growth and population well-being.
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OTHER PUBLICATIONS ON UNIVERSAL HEALTH 
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