first_img Asian Development BankCOVID-19UHCWHO South-East Asia Region Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Read Article WHO South-East Asia Regional Director, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh stresses that countries that have made sustained, long-term investments in UHC have health systems that are more resilient, and which have more effectively minimised the spread of COVID-19, maintained essential health services, and mitigated economic shockBuilding on the learnings from the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, Ministers of Health and Finance from Asia Pacific countries, including from the WHO South-East Asia Region have committed to build and finance resilient health systems with Universal Health Coverage at the centre of it.‘For every dollar invested in universal health coverage, the return is delivered many times over – first, due to increases in overall population health and well-being and the productivity, jobs and poverty-reduction they promote; and second, because when the quality and reach of health services improves, health systems become more resilient and can better mitigate or manage acute threats while maintaining essential health services’ said WHO South-East Asia Regional Director, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh.Health and Finance Ministers from the Asia Pacific Region met at a virtual meeting organised by WHO, the Government of Japan and the Asian Development Bank to discuss ways and means to accelerate universal health coverage (UHC) or health for all and mobilise financing for healthcare amidst and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.The WHO South-East Asia Region which was represented by health and finance ministers from several member countries, has been focusing on UHC as one of its flagship initiatives. The Region has adopted two key ministerial declarations on building resilient health systems, the 2019 Delhi Declaration on Preparedness and last week the Region’s Declaration on Collective Response to COVID-19. Both these declarations commit to investing in preparedness and Regional solidarity to make health systems stronger amongst the 11 Member countries.“Across the WHO South-East Asia Region, across Asia and across the world, countries that have made sustained, long-term investments in UHC have health systems that are more resilient, and which have more effectively minimised the spread of COVID-19, maintained essential health services, and mitigated economic shock,” the Regional Director said.Since the start of the pandemic almost nine months ago, countries in the Region have demonstrated how strong health systems can effectively respond to global health emergencies. Bhutan, the Republic of Korea and Malaysia have provided free testing for COVID-19 and care, which resulted in timely diagnosis and treatment.Bhutan, strongly committed to UHC, has one of the world’s highest testing rates and as of September 17, is yet to report a COVID-19 death. Countries in the Region with a strong primary health care infrastructure and human resources have been able to repurpose health workers and respond to the pandemic as well as ensuring continuity of essential health services. Sri Lanka with one of the highest numbers of health workers in Asia has reported only 13 deaths due to COVID to date.“Countries that are committed to UHC have logistics and supply chains that are more secure, efficient and transparent, and can rapidly meet surge needs, for example by increasing testing capacity, procuring personal protective equipment, or maintaining access to essential medicines and medical products. They are also better able to rapidly roll-out key innovations. Crucially, countries that are committed to UHC have successfully mobilised the whole-of-government, whole-of-society buy-in required to effectively respond to the pandemic,” Dr Khetrapal Singh said. Thailand, with a strong investment in public health over the years has managed to keep COVID-19 transmission rates low.She made a strong plea for prioritising health in government budgets for the short and medium term, for improving investment in primary health care and a better targeting of resources for the poor and the vulnerable, and mobilising domestic revenues for health via pro-health taxes e.g. on tobacco, alcohol, sugar sweetened beverages. 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first_img Whole Foods Market will close one of its Atlanta locations, just as it opens a new flagship store in Midtown.Whole Foods (NASDAQ:WFM) confirmed it will close its store on Briarcliff Road, which had been the company’s very first location in Atlanta.It plans on April 5 to launch a new flagship store at 14th and West Peachtree streets in Midtown. That location will feature four levels, including a rooftop terrace.“Whole Foods Market is excited to be growing in the Atlanta with our brand new 70,000-square-foot multi-level flagship Whole Foods Market Midtown opening on April 5,” the company said in a statement to Atlanta Business Chronicle.Read the full story at the Atlanta Business Chronicle >> Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility For Whom The Bell Rings Share Add to My List In My List Related Stories ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more

first_imgGet holy on Sundays and jam out with Magic Beans’ Casey Russell at Denver’s Mile High Spirits for a free Sunday Jam Service!With the music scene the best its been and continuously growing every day in Denver, the opportunity for musicians to come together to create new music is nothing to overlook. Russell and his house band, comprised of Thomas Jennings (Mama Magnolia), Sean Dandurand (Dandu), and Will Trask (Great American Taxi), provide that opportunity for Denver-based musicians and music lovers to come together for a Sunday evening open jam from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.[Photo: Ali Jay]“There are so many great musicians and music lovers here in Denver! We are happy to host a show where all music heads can gather, enjoy the tunes, cocktails, and hop on stage to make music with the band,” Russell says. “I love the idea of building a community behind a weekly hang. It’s nice to always have something fun to do on a Sunday afternoon!”The group provides amps, microphones, keyboards, and drum kit, and encourage those attending to bring their instrument and sign up to play. Looking for something new and not a musician? Come and enjoy some fresh, new tunes and sip on some cocktails as local musicians come together to prosper Denver’s music scene.Denver-based photographer Ali (Jay) Stinehour talks about the event:Back at the old location in Rhino, Mile High Spirits Distillery very successfully hosted their first open  jam. When they moved locations, they built an awesome venue in their tasting room. After working at Mile High Spirits for about a month or so, I thought, “Let’s get back to our roots!” We are very happy to have such talented musicians hosting this jam on our awesome stage with all the amenities a musician could ask for to simply jam with some of Denver’s finest musicians. It serves as a great place to network, enjoy our premium spirits, and express yourself musically.Sunday Jam Service ft. Issac Teel[Video: Ali Jay]For more information and updates on the weekly Sunday Jam Service, join the Facebook group here.last_img read more

first_imgThree years after purchasing the 805-acre residential master plan of Sanders Grove, Randy Bury, president of Randall Martin is partnering once again with Soundview Real Estate Partners to make investments in southern Arizona. The recent purchase includes four additional land parcels totaling 23.5 acres in Marana, Ariz. The all equity deal closed on Friday, March 28, for just over $1M.All four parcels were previously owned and entitled by Meritage Homes. 17.5 acres of the 23.5-acre deal are located within the Sanders Grove master plan, which includes 2,500 lots located on Marana Road west of Interstate 10 in Pima County. The remaining six acres consist of three two-acre commercial corners adjacent to the Meritage master plan community in Rancho Marana, located near Tangerine Farms Road and Clark Farms Boulevard.  Will White of Land Advisors Organization was the broker on the transaction.Greey Picket“It made sense to purchase the additional acreage within Sanders Grove. It is an ideal location for a shopping center for the community or the land can also be used for residential building,” explained Bury. “When we learned Meritage was also looking to sell the three commercial corners, we knew it would be a good investment.”Randall Martin and Soundview also partnered on a $2.2M real estate investment in Las Vegas earlier this year. In February, they closed on Shadow Ranch, a residential community of 105 lots on 20 acres in North Las Vegas.  The property was purchased from an entity created by a joint venture between Rialto Capital and the FDIC.Based in Scottsdale, Ariz., Randall Martin is a real estate investment firm that specializes in purchasing raw land for development and sale in the southwest.last_img read more