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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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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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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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Health Insurance can we solve the Puzzle.

Feb 2013: Uganda. Twice, the government has attempted to launch a compulsory health insurance scheme. Carol Natukunda weighs the cons and pros of the proposed scheme. Last week, the health minister in charge of general duties Sarah Kataike Ndoboli raised the contentious health insurance debate again. She said Uganda needs …

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