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 {Photo credit: UHC2030}Nana Taona Kuo, Senior Health Adviser, Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General (Right), and Dr. Akihito Watabe, Health Financing Officer, Health Systems Governance and Financing, World Health Organization.Photo credit: UHC2030

 On September 23, Management Sciences for Health, UHC2030, and the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (CSEM) held a “Toast to the UHC Movement” on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly.Professor Keizo Takemi, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for UHC, opened the reception. Photo credit: UHC2030Ms. Vidhya Ganesh, Deputy Director, Programme Division, UNICEF, gives a toast to the Alma Ata Declaration.

Members of the KJK team (from left to right: Mariame Sene Diallo, Hawa Coulibaly Kone, Hammouda Bellamine, Aicha Diarra and Justine Dembele)

Led by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Communication Programs and in partnership with Management Sciences for Health, the Palladium Group, and a number of local implementing partners in Mali, the USAID-funded Keneya Jemu Kan (KJK) project (communication and health prevention) aims to promote key healthy behaviors and increase the demand for and use of high-impact health services and commodities.

 {Photo credit: Flor Truchi/MSH}Anna Mzeru, Assistant Nursing Officer at Yombo Dispensary in Bagamoyo, Tanzania, shows facility data for HIV-positive patients, including those lost to follow-up and those currently on first- or second-line antiretroviral treatment.Photo credit: Flor Truchi/MSH

By Megan MontgomeryDays are long for Anna Mzeru.A nurse at a health dispensary in the Bagamoyo region of Tanzania, she is one of only two medical staff at a facility that should have nine to be fully staffed. She and the other provider see as many as 120 patients per day, and attend an average of 15 deliveries per month. “We sometimes leave very late, but we can’t leave the patients here. They need to be seen,” she says.The significant shortage of health workers at the clinic is common. Tanzania has a 56% vacancy rate across both public and private health care facilities.

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