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UN urges governments to ban unhealthy food ads for kids

August 2016 Health24;  The United Nations (UN) has called on governments of its member states to outlaw the marketing of unhealthy foods and drinks to children. Commercial stimuli The UN believes that children should not be tempted by advertising campaigns that promote junk food. Advertisements directed at children “can cause unhealthy …

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KENYA: Medics get green light to advertise services

August 2016 DailyNation; Dentists, doctors, and health institutions can now advertise their services, the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board has said. The practitioners can put up adverts in television, radio, billboard, online or newspapers as long as the services are provided in Kenya. However, the board prohibits the practitioners from …

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Anger At Huge Price Tag for Life-Saving Medicine

July 2016 GroundUp; Delegates at last week’s international AIDS conference protested drug manufacturer Gilead Sciences, over the price of its extremely effective hepatitis C medication, sofosbuvir. Gilead’s booth at the conference was taped over with posters. “Kilead” was written over the company’s name. In the United States the cost of sofosbuvir …

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KENYA: Mailu quashes PS decision to allow foreign medical camps

July 2016 BusinessDaily; Health secretary Cleopa Mailu has clashed with principal secretary Nicholas Muraguri over the latter’s recent decision to allow certain foreign medical personnel to hold treatment camps in Kenya despite a ban imposed by sector regulator. Dr Muraguri last month overruled the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board’s …

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