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On May 21, during the 71st World Health Assembly, member states adopted a new digital health resolution. It urges member states to better utilize digital technologies as a means of promoting equitable, affordable universal health coverage (UHC), including reaching vulnerable populations. The resolution also calls on members to analyze the implications of digital health to achieve health related sustainable development goals.

Dr. W. Jallah receives the National Health Quality Strategy.

On May 10, 2018, the Liberian Ministry of Health (MOH), with support from the USAID Collaborative Support for Health (CSH) Program, launched the National Health Quality Strategy (NHQS). The goal of the strategy is to improve the health system’s ability to provide safe and high-quality health services. It aims to restore public trust in the system through improved leadership, governance, accountability and community engagement. The MOH has prioritized this initiative as shown by its inclusion in the investment plan for building a resilient health system for 2015-2021.

{Photo credit: MSH}Hon. Dr. Riek Gai Kok (Minister of Health, Republic of South Sudan), Colin Gilmartin (MSH), Alfred Driwale (MSH Consultant), and Chair of the Health Parliamentary Committee of the Republic of South Sudan.Photo credit: MSH

South Sudan faces extraordinary challenges to build and strengthen its health system to meet the basic health needs of its people. After decades of civil war, the country faces a critical shortage of trained health personnel,[1] limited access[2] to essential health services,[3] and consequently experiences some of the worst health indicators globally. The majority of childhood deaths are due to preventable causes such as diarrhea, malaria, and pneumonia while an estimated one in seven women die due to pregnancy related complications.[4]

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