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USA: 7 Insurers Alleged To Have Discriminated Against HIV Patients

October 2016 npr; The Affordable Care Act prohibits insurers from discriminating against people with serious illnesses, but some marketplace plans sidestep that taboo by making the drugs that people with HIV need unavailable or unaffordable, complaints filed recently with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights …

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KENYA: Ministry takes free maternity to faith-based hospitals

October 2016 BusinessDaily; The government has expanded the Sh4.2 billion-a-year free maternity services programme to faith-based hospitals in a bid to cover more pregnant women from low-income households. The scheme has, in the past three years, been confined to public hospitals. Expectant women visiting the mission hospitals are expected to …

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TANZANIA: JKCI Operates On 728 Heart Patients January-September

October 2016 DailyNews; The Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute (JKCI) at the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) conducted heart surgeries for 728 patients between January and September, saving 1.3bn/- in costs for undertaking the operations locally. Director of Research at the institute, Dr Pedro Pallangyo, explained that it would have cost 3.2bn/- …

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UGANDA: How Expired Drugs End Up in Hospitals

October TheObserver; 54% of health facilities found with expired drugs The expiry date on the container for the drug called chlorpromazine read August 2016. But by mid-October, the medicine was still sitting on a shelf at Kasangati health centre IV, arguaby ready to be prescribed to patients. Sitting beside the …

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Regional Health Forum Participants Call for New Measures to Reduce Harmful Non-Communicable Diseases Across Africa and the Middle East

October 2016 amediaagency; Scientists, healthcare providers, policymakers and private sector companies met in Dubai for the first ever Middle East and Africa (MEA) Health Forum on ‘Harm Reduction for Healthier Societies’. With a focus on obesity and tobacco, participants at the inaugural forum considered some of the major developments and transformative innovations being adopted …

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