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KENYA: State moves to reclassify hospitals

March 2017 StandardNewspaper; The Government has begun re-classification of health facilities across the country in a move that has raised questions from county bosses. Through the Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board, the State will upgrade or downgrade some health facilities. Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu, in a special circular on …

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KENYA: City noise linked to hearing loss: Study

March 2017 DailyNation; Urban noise pollution and hearing loss are closely linked, according to rankings of 50 large cities in both categories released on Friday. High-decibel urban areas — such as Guangzhou, New Delhi, Cairo and Istanbul — topped the list of cities where hearing was most degraded, researchers reported. …

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UGANDA: Mulago to Start Low Cost Infertility Treatment

February 2017 TheMonitor; Mulago National Referral Hospital will be the first public health facility to provide assisted reproductive technologies to enable infertile women bear children. Dr Robert Busingye, a senior consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology at Mulago hospital, said before the end of the year, they will start assisting infertile …

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14 social entrepreneurs to improve maternal & child health in Africa

February 2017 cnbcafrica; Today, in Nairobi, Kenya, the GE healthymagination Mother and Child Programme will graduate 14 social entrepreneurs who completed training and mentorship aimed at improving and accelerating maternal and/or child health outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa. GE and Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship will graduate 14 …

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KENYA: Medics’ deal untenable, MPs told

February 2017 DailyNation; The deal struck between the doctors’ union and the government in 2013 was fraudulent, therefore making it untenable. A former permanent secretary in the Ministry of Public Sanitation, Mr Mark Bor, told the National Assembly’s joint committee on health and labour he signed the Collective Bargaining Agreement …

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KENYA: Striking Kilifi nurses now get their allowances

February 2017 Dailynation; The Kilifi County government has started paying allowances to striking nurses, eliciting hopes that services will resume in public hospitals that had been deserted because of the work boycott. In a press conference at the Kilifi County Hospital, chief officer in charge of Health Timothy Malingi confirmed …

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RWANDA: Govt Mulls HIV Self-Testing Kit

February 2017 TheNewTimes; The Ministry of Health is planning to introduce an HIV self-testing (HIVST) service to supplement existing testing services such as health facility-based or mobile voluntary testing and counselling. HIVST is regarded as an innovative approach that can rapidly increase access to and uptake of HIV testing services, …

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KENYA: Donors cut HIV funds on reports of fraud at Afya

February 2017 BusinessDaily; Donors are cutting funding for HIV/Aids projects in Kenya due to the country’s upgrade to a lower middle income status from least developed country and reports of financial irregularities at the Ministry of Health. The National Aids Control Council (NACC) says the 2015 Kenya’s status change and …

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