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NIGERIA:National health bill suffers setback at Senate

April 2013 The Leadership; The National Health Bill suffered a major setback at the Senate on Tuesday as members failed to agree on the primary source of financing the National Primary Health Care Development Fund. The fund is meant to ensure the provision of basic health services to all eligible …

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GHANA:Ghana seizes 1m faulty condoms imported from China

April 2013 The Guardian; Ghana is facing a “major public health issue” after condoms supplied to the country’s health service were found to contain holes and burst easily.More than 1m “Be Safe” condoms have been impounded by the country’s food and drugs authority (FDA), which said they were also too …

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TB TRade Offs

April 2013  Centre for Global Development: The Wall Street Journal recently reported on a case of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) found in a man who had traveled through 13 countries, and was stopped when attempting to enter the United States. This story – and others like it – make the headlines because both XDR-TB and …

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Increase in facility-based deliveries associated with a maternal health voucher programme in informal settlements in Nairobi, Kenya

April 2013 Health Policy and Planning;  Objective To measure whether there was an association between the introduction of an output-based voucher programme and the odds of a facility-based delivery in two Nairobi informal settlements. Data sources Nairobi Urban Health and Demographic Surveillance System (NUHDSS) and two cross-sectional household surveys in …

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Invest in health systems for a balanced approach

April 2013 SciDev Net; Despite much effort and some progress, many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are struggling to improve the health of their populations and are missing the targets of the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For the most part, global agencies supporting these countries are injecting funds into …

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A Signature Is Not Enough

April 2013 Open Society Foundations; Violence happens in health care settings. It does not just take place during war or conflict, on the street, or even in our homes among partners. Health care facilities that are supposed to be places of treatment, care, and support are all too often sites …

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Ghana revises figures on NHIS coverage

April 2013 UHC FORWARD; Ghana’s official delegation to a global ministerial conference on universal health access in Geneva, Switzerland, last week has conceded that a status report on the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), issued by a coalition of NGOs and other civil society actors last year was useful input …

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