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Health: A Political Choice

Edited by John Kirton and Ilona Kickbusch
Published by GT Media, 2019

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The Global Commitment to the SDGs

The Race to Achieve Universal Health Coverage
By Her Excellency María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, president of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly
The UN's Role in Accelerating Health Coverage
By Amina J. Mohammed, deputy secretary general of the United Nations
Health Is a Political Choice
By Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general, World Health Organization
The ROI on Health Investment
By Achim Steiner, UNDP administrator

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Editors' Intros

Advancing Universal Health Coverage in 2019 through the Gender Dividend
By Ilona Kickbusch, co-chair of UHC2030 and director of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
The Political Choice for Universal Health Coverage in Global Governance in 2019
By John Kirton, director of the Global Governance Program

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Country Leaders Speak Out on UHC

New Health Policies for New Health Challenges
A speech by Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe
Inspiring Global Action
A speech by France's President Emmanuel Macron
Implementing Sustainable Development Goal 3
A speech by German chancellor Angela Merkel
Uruguay's Fight against NCDs and Tobacco
By Tabaré Vázquez, President of Uruguay
Kenya's Social Shift
By Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya
Gender and Heath: A Political Choice with Major ROI
By the Right Honourable Helen Clark
Transforming a Continent
By Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda

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Top Economists Speak Out for UHC

Financing UHC in Low-Income Countries
By Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University
The Economics of Universal Health
An interview with Lawrence Summers, president emeritus of Harvard University
Financing Universal Health Coverage
By Peter Sands, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
The Crises in U.S. Health Care
An interview with Robert Fauver, president of Fauver Associates

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What to Expect from the UN High Level Meeting on UHC

Local Action Driving Universal Achievements
By Githinji Gitahi, CEO of Amref Health Africa
The Political Choice for Patient-Centric and Compassionate Universal Health Coverage
By Kwaldip Sehmi, CEO, International Alliance of Patients' Organizations
Youth as an Accelerator to Achieve Universal Health Coverage
By Batool Alwahdani and Marián Sedlák of the International Federation of Medical Students' Associations
Protecting Reproductive Rates
By Suzanne Ehlers, president and CEO of PAI

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Why We Should Be Optimistic

Lessons from Turkey's Achievements in UHC
By Recep Akdag, Turkey's former minister of health
Strengthening Systems for Equality
By Agnés Buzyn, France's minister of solidarity and health
Political Choices That Transcend Borders
By Shinichi Kitaoka, president of the Japan International Cooperation Agency
Achieving the Impossible with Vaccines
By Seth Berkley, CEO, GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance
The Technology Transforming the Future of Health Care
By Houlin Zhao, ITU secretary general
UHC in Small Island Developing States
By T. Alafia Samuels, Caribbean Institute for Health Research at the University of the West Indies
Disruptive Innovation and Multi-Stakeholder Alliances
By Hiromi Murakami, adjunct fellow, Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Kiyoshi Kurokawa, professor emeritus, National Graduate Institute of Policy Studies and the University of Tokyo

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Supporting the Vulnerable

Investing in Equitable Societies
By Gunilla Carlsson, UNAIDS executive director, a.i.
The Role of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition
By Laurette Dubé, Center for the Convergence of Health and Economics at McGill University, Raphael Lencucha, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University, and Nick Drager, CEO of the TuBerculosis Vaccine Initiative
Protecting the Brain
By Vladimir Hachinski, professor of neurology and epidemiology at Western University
Game-Changing Priorities for UHC
By Françoise Girard, president of the International Women's Health Coalition Katja Iversen, president and CEO of Women Deliver Roopa Dhatt, executive director and co-founder of Women in Global Health, and Kim van Daalen, Women in Global Health
Mental Health Is Universal Health
By Vikram Patel, Pershing Square professor of global health at Harvard Medical School, and Shekhat Saxena, visiting professor at Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health

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Keeping the World Safe

Addressing the Humanitarian Challenge
By Peter Maurer, International Committee of the Red Cross
An Agenda to Tackle the Politics of Real Problems and Real People
By Mit Philips, health policy advisor, Analysis Department, MSF in Brussels, Belgium Caroline Voûte, health policy advisor, Programmes Unit, MSF in London, United Kingdom, and Kerstin Åkerfeldt, health policy and advocacy advisor, Analysis department, MSF in Brussels, Belgium
Reaching the Missing Millions
By Elhadj As Sy, secretary-general, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

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Addressing the Intersectoral Challenge of the SDGs

Health and Social Justice
By Guy Ryder, director-general of the International Labour Organization
Health and Care: More Than a Family Affair
By Joachim Breuer, president of the ISSA
Nature Is the Ultimate Healthcare System
By Inger Andersen, UN Environment Programme
Biodiversity: The Foundation of Human Health
Cristiana Pasca Palmer executive secretary, UN Biodiversity
Leaders in Health
By C. James Hospedales, executive director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency
Pollution 5.0
By Rolph Payet, executive secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Asia's Healthcare Evolution
By Woochong Um, Asian Development Bank
Performance and Progress
By Brittaney Warren, Global Governance Project
Three Steps to Universal Health Coverage
By Michel Sidibé, minister of health and social affairs of the Republic of Mali

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