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KENYA:UK envoy lauds public, private health initiatives

October 2013  CapitalFM;  British envoy to Kenya Christian Turner on Tuesday lauded the collaborative efforts between the private and public health organizations saying they have greatly boosted the improvement of the health sector in Kenya. Turner explained that preventable diseases such as diarrhoea, cholera, pneumonia, measles and tuberculosis that cause …

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Why Political Commitment to Immunisation Matters

October 2013 GaviAlliance; Lord Boateng of the UK Parliament helped kick-off the Mid-Term Review meeting by hosting a panel discussion exploring the importance of parliamentary commitment to immunisation- among MPs in donor and implementing countries Cross-party commitment Lord Boateng, MP, United Kingdom Parliament: “GAVI crosses all political boundaries. We come …

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Five global health concerns

October 2013 theAtlantic; Have you ever imagined what it would be like if villains could email a respiratory virus to the world? Do you drift to sleep at night dreaming of the health crises to come as octogenarians steadily expand their ranks? Laurie Garrett has and does. She’s an award-winning …

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U.S.A. Expands Health Research Partnerships in Africa

October 2013 IIPDigital; The United States is expanding its partnership with African institutions and scientists for research into some of the most vexing health problems plaguing the continent and world. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) October 18 announced 10 new grants totaling up to $17 million over the next …

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The pros and cons of social media in global health

October 2013 SciDevNet; I was invited to moderate a panel at the World Health Summit in Berlin this week. The focus of the session was social media’s role in global health.   Within the first three hours of the summit, two other sessions had acknowledged that global health governance needed …

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MEXICO:Takes Bloomberg-Like Swing at Soaring Obesity

October 2013 TheNewTorkTimes; Rosa Isela Sandate kicked her drinking habit about six months ago and swears she will never go back.“I used to drink three or four a day,” she said. She would down a Coke or a Boing!, a tooth-jangling sweet local drink, at every meal. Her belly grew …

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Challenges posed by the global crisis in the health workforce

October 2013 BMJ; In May 2013, the World Health Assembly recognised that renewed attention to the “health workforce crisis” is central to achieving quality healthcare through universal health coverage.1 2 Next month, the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health will convene to agree on what can and should …

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USA: It’s Too Late to Delay Obamacare

October 2013 TheAtlantic; Marco Rubio on Monday introduced the “Delay Until Fully Functional Act” to postpone the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate until six months after the government could certify “that the exchange website is fully functional.” Ten Democratic senators have now signed on to a letter, drafted by New Hampshire …

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