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WHO Releases Report Highlighting Link Between Health Research, Universal Coverage

“At the launch of the ‘World health report 2013: Research for universal health coverage’ [on Thursday, the WHO] called on countries to continue investing in local research in order to develop a system of universal health coverage tailored to each individual country’s situation,” the health agency reports in a news release. “The report shows how countries, when developing a system for universal health coverage, can use research to determine what health issues should be addressed, how a system should be structured and how to measure progress according to their specific health situation,” the news release notes, adding, “The report reveals that, on average, domestic investment in research in low- and middle-income countries has been growing five percent each year,” and “[c]ase studies from many countries demonstrate the importance of local and global research for improving health, ranging from the prevention and control of specific diseases to the better functioning of health systems” (8/15).

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