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In Africa, corruption dirties the water

March 2013, IRN; Collusion among government officials, unscrupulous water vendors and large farm owners results in diverted water supply lines, misappropriated funds, and failure to implement laws on protecting water sources from encroachment and pollution. These are just some of the ways corruption is denying millions of poor people in …

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Impact of an Innovative Approach to Prevent Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV — Malawi, July 2011–September 2012

March 2013, CDC: Antiretroviral medications can reduce rates of mother-to-child transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to less than 5% (1). However, in 2011, only 57% of HIV-infected pregnant women in low- and middle-income countries received a World Health Organization (WHO)–recommended regimen for prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), and an …

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Such faith healing claims dangerous

Feb 2013.  Lukoye Atwoli Last Tuesday, the Daily Nation carried a feature story that quoted a medical doctor working for the National Aids and Sexually Transmitted Diseases Control Programme as saying that he had documented dozens of HIV/Aids patients who had supposedly been “healed” by an itinerant preacher. The preacher, …

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State queries court order to pay nurses

Feb 2013. Daily Nation The government has challenged a recent court order to pay outstanding salaries of nurses who went on strike. In an application filed at the Industrial Court on Monday, the ministries of Public Health and Medical Services are questioning the order issued on February 7 since the …

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Formal sector workers to pay new NHIF fees

Feb 2013. Business Daily. Formal sector employees will start paying the controversial NHIF fees on April 1, opening a new chapter in the history of health insurance in Kenya. Simon ole Kirgotty, the managing trustee of the public health insurer, said NHIF will start charging the new fees following last …

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Our Plan to eradicate Polio

Wall Street Journal,by Mike Bloomberg and Bill Gates :  More than three decades ago, each of us started a technology company based on a big idea—and each company found success based on a culture of innovation and accountability. In recent years, we’ve brought that same approach to our philanthropy and …

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Highs and lows in global health funding

Feb 2013 It would be easy to assume that the worldwide economic crisis had signalled the death knell for global health funding. But, according to the latest report on global health expenditure from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), the picture is not so gloomy. So how does …

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New health regulatory body to be formed

Preparations are nearly complete for the formation of a new health regulatory body that would oversee all the existing health profession councils as a supreme authority. The National Health Professions Authority, if established, would regulate the Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council, the Allied Health Professionals Council, the Pharmacy Council …

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Working together for better health estimates

13-14 February 2013 New from WHO 15 February 2013 | GENEVA – Global leaders in health statistics gathered in Geneva this week to discuss future possibilities of collaboration to improve current practices in health estimates. At a meeting hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO), representatives from WHO, the United …

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Giving children a chance

Feb 2013. Lancet article. Last week, the World Policy Analysis Centre released a new report, which for the first time systematically presented comparative data on laws and public policies in 191 countries covering areas essential to children’s healthy development. Changing Children’s Chances examines policy data and their impact in the …

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