Welcome to the new edition of socialprotection.org’s newsletter!

This month’s issue is dedicated to World Health Day, celebrated on 7 April. 

In this light, we are pleased to announce the launch of the socialprotection.org Blog feature, with a series of articles on social protection and health, sponsored by the German Development Cooperation within the EU Social Protection Systems Programme (EU-SPS). The first blog post discusses the HIV-inclusive and HIV-sensitive features of social protection programmes in four African countries. It is a must-read, as are the other publications we share on health care and social protection initiatives worldwide. 

We hope you enjoy your reading!
Publications Search
This month we share the following publications:
Published by the International Labour Organization (ILO), this publication delves into the country’s National Health Insurance programme launched in 2016. 
Also published by the ILO. In less than two years, Thailand implemented a health protection scheme covering 76 per cent of its population (about 47 million people). This article shares lessons learned and discusses the next steps of the initiative.
Published by the World Health Organization (WHO), this publication provides a review of social determinants of health and the health divide in the WHO European Region.
New blog feature
This month we announce the launch of socialprotection.org’s new Blog feature, which presents articles related to social protection written by members of the platform. The Blog posts will be organized under three distinct series: the Webinar Series, with the summaries of our webinars; the Ambassadors Series, with articles from the United Nations Volunteers that support the platform, and the Sponsored Series.

Our first Sponsored Series Blog post is promoted by the German Development Cooperation within the EU SPS Initiative, and will focus on social protection and health. Contributions to the Sponsored Series of blog posts will come from international agencies, government representatives and academic researchers. Each series will include at least six monthly blog posts.
Virtual Campus
Don’t miss the next webinar on socialprotection.org

20 April
(Santiago,GMT -3:00)

Egypt's cabinet approves new national health insurance bill, published by Ahram Online, on 3 April, 2017.

A great step forward for access to healthcare in Myanmar, published by Frontier Myanmar, on 1 April, 2017.
Check out the highlighted event of the month!

Until 31 December
Online course

More details here
Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) is organising an online course on cash transfer programming (CTP) and social protection. It will remain open all year and you can start at any time.
Discussion Forum
Looking for a new job opportunity? 

UNICEF is hiring an International Consultant to be based in Kirghizistan and a Social Protection Policy Consultant in Barbados, while the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is looking for a Child Protection Expert to work in Africa.

These are some of the vacancies you can find on socialprotection.org’s Job Opportunities and Calls for Papers page.

We invite you to share job opportunities and calls for papers in the field of social protection with the platform’s specialised community.
Ambassador Programme
This month we are glad to present the new socialprotection.org ambassadors for the sub-Saharan African region. We invite you to visit the Ambassadors area of the platform and learn more about the programme.