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USA; Mapping the mind—smart thinking for brain health?

April 2013  The Lancet/WhiteHouse; On April 2, US President Barack Obama launched his most ambitious scientific research plan to date—the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative. The programme aims to accelerate the development of new tools to map comprehensively, for the first time, the activity of the human …

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INDIA; Can India pull off its ambitious National Health Mission?

April 2013 BMJ; India’s creation of a National Health Mission seems to show that the government is finally recognising the importance of the health of its 1.2 billion citizens. The mission could substantially improve healthcare infrastructure and service delivery throughout the country, especially in urban areas, say public health doctors. …

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NAMIBIA; Doctors prefer private practice

April 2013 New Era; The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Richard Kamwi, says government has trained scores of doctors with its own resources, but most of them have gone into private practice. Last year 28 doctors graduated on government scholarships, while 22 students enrolled to study medicine in …

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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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