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No more picking health managers with no skills

Feb 8th. Dr Anisa Omar was posted to Kinango Sub-district Hospital as a clinical doctor as soon as she obtained her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery. She was asked to report there urgently to fill a vacuum. Within two years, she found herself catapulted to a management position. She was …

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The Virtual Middle Class Rises

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN I ENCOUNTERED something on this trip to India that I had never met before: a whole new political community — India’s “virtual middle class.” Its emergence explains a lot about the rise of social protests here, as well as in places like China and Egypt. It …

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Free maternity: Govt reconsiders deal

Feb 2013: GOVERNMENT is reconsidering the scrapping of maternity user fees because of unfulfilled financial promises from Treasury. Health and Child Welfare Deputy Minister Dr Douglas Mombeshora said his ministry was promised US$10 million from the national budget for the programme. However, only US$6 million was approved. Deputy Minister Mombeshora …

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New Kenyan Health Law Review

February 2013 KMPDU Articles, By Elesban Kihuba;  PROPOSED HEALTH LAW CANNOT PASS THE PATH DEPENDENCE TEST. A health system provides the means through which health care services are planned and delivered. They are socially constructed and their basic arrangements are a product of historical negotiations with the environment. A complete …

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Uganda Launches Mandatory HIV testing

Feb 2013, by Francis Kogolo: All people who seek treatment in public health centres across the country will undergo mandatory HIV testing under a new plan to increase access to HIV prevention and treatment, the health ministry has announced.  Under the multimillion dollar programme codenamed ‘provider-initiated testing’, HIV counseling and …

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Health Insurance can we solve the Puzzle.

Feb 2013: Uganda. Twice, the government has attempted to launch a compulsory health insurance scheme. Carol Natukunda weighs the cons and pros of the proposed scheme. Last week, the health minister in charge of general duties Sarah Kataike Ndoboli raised the contentious health insurance debate again. She said Uganda needs …

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UNDP chief urges swift measures against non-communicable diseases

11 February 2013 London — UNDP Administrator Helen Clark called Monday for swift, firm measures to halt a global surge in diseases such as cancer and diabetes, saying they belong “permanently on the global development agenda.” “Failure to curb the growing epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) now will lead to …

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Mozambique: Negotiations Over Doctors’ Strike Under Way

Maputo — The Mozambique Medical Association (AMM) on Monday confirmed that it is negotiating a solution to the current doctors’ strike, now in its second week, with the Ministry of Health – but neither side has given any details about the current state of the negotiations. At a Monday press …

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