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Research into universal health coverage rises despite economic downturn, report finds

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5144 (Published 15 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5144
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

The World Health Organization’s goal of universal health coverage will not be achieved without making proper use of research, the World Health Report for 2013 has concluded. 1

Every nation, rich or poor, should produce research as well as use it, because many questions required local answers, the report argued. It said that thanks to striking improvements over the past 20 years, most low and middle income countries had at least the foundations on which to build effective national health research systems, and some had gone much further, building thriving research communities with international …

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