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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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Bid to tap NHIF, NSSF cash from informal sectors

The government should make contribution to the National Social Security Fund and the National Health Insurance Fund compulsory to both informal and formal workers as a way of increasing national saving and build funds to finance welfare spending. Speaking on Tuesday during budget hearings at The Stanley hotel, Zimele Asset …

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New Kenyan Health Law Review

February 2013 KMPDU Articles, By Elesban Kihuba;  PROPOSED HEALTH LAW CANNOT PASS THE PATH DEPENDENCE TEST. A health system provides the means through which health care services are planned and delivered. They are socially constructed and their basic arrangements are a product of historical negotiations with the environment. A complete …

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Low-income earners set to benefit from new hospitals

Kisumu Over 240,680 low-income earners in Western Kenya are set to benefit from quality and affordable health services following an initiative by the Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET) to upgrade private facilities in informal settlements. Slum dwellers will now access all services available in public and referral hospitals including …

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No more picking health managers with no skills

Feb 8th. Dr Anisa Omar was posted to Kinango Sub-district Hospital as a clinical doctor as soon as she obtained her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery. She was asked to report there urgently to fill a vacuum. Within two years, she found herself catapulted to a management position. She was …

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The Virtual Middle Class Rises

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN I ENCOUNTERED something on this trip to India that I had never met before: a whole new political community — India’s “virtual middle class.” Its emergence explains a lot about the rise of social protests here, as well as in places like China and Egypt. It …

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Uganda Launches Mandatory HIV testing

Feb 2013, by Francis Kogolo: All people who seek treatment in public health centres across the country will undergo mandatory HIV testing under a new plan to increase access to HIV prevention and treatment, the health ministry has announced.  Under the multimillion dollar programme codenamed ‘provider-initiated testing’, HIV counseling and …

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