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Watchdogs or critical friends?

January 2014 GlobalFundObserver; I was in Nairobi recently to help Aidspan facilitate a meeting with the representatives of about 30 organizations from East and Southern Africa involved in the monitoring of global health programs. The group brought together health advocates, human rights activists, data experts, journalists, as well as representatives …

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KENYA:Uhuru Set to Visit Moi Referral Hospital

January 2014 TheStar; President Uhuru Kenyatta will visit the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital to assess medical facilities at the institution and attend World Cancer Day Celebrations. Plans are underway to host Uhuru at the hospital next Tuesday.He will address a public meeting at the Eldoret Sports Club. “We will …

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KENYA:KCB to Offer Low Interest Loans to Health Sector

January 2014 Thestar; TWO US institutions have partnered with a local bank to launch a pilot healthcare credit finance facility they said would gradually phase out heavy donor component in the under-funded health sector. The Sh859.2 million($10 million) facility unveiled yesterday in Nairobi targets small and medium enterprises with loans …

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UN suggests statistics development goal

January 2014 SciDev; A UN agency is advocating for improved capabilities in gathering and using statistics as a central aspect of the post-2015 global development agenda to help governments make more effective decisions based on quality data. The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) emphasised the need …

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Social chaos—the ignored tragedy in global health

January 2014 TheLancet; Universal health coverage, the Millennium Development Goals, non-communicable diseases, health system strengthening, the social determinants of health, and even the right to the highest attainable standard of health. These issues are fiercely discussed. They top the agendas of most global institutions concerned with health. Perfectly rational reports …

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GHANA:National Health Accounts Launched

January 2014 TheDailyObserver; The National Health Accounts (NHA) was on Wednesday launched by the minister of Health and Social Welfare at a ceremony held at the Governor’s Office in Brikama, West Coast Region (WCR). The NHA is an internationally standardised methodology for measuring financial resources flows in the health sector. …

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