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Kenya: Sh450 Million Budgeted for Free Maternal Care

April 2013 CapitalFM ; Outgoing Finance Minister Njeru Githae says the Treasury has already budgeted for Sh450 million to cater for free maternal healthcare to be implemented by the new government. Githae said they have also set aside Sh200 million in the supplementary budget to cater for free dispensary services …

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mHealth ‘could save a million African lives by 2017’

April 2013 SciDevNet; Mobile health (mHealth) applications such as text messages could save more than a million lives in Sub-Saharan Africa over the next five years, according to a report. The report, produced by consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) India, says that mobile phone interventions to ensure patients comply with treatment, medical …

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Evaluating the Viability of a Health Savings Card in Kenya

March 2013, SHOPS Project;  In Kenya, a stored-value electronic savings card offered by a local business—Changamka—allows families to save for prenatal visits, deliveries, and postnatal care. The purpose of the savings product is to enable women to meet the relatively large costs associated with maternity care by saving over the …

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The contraceptive revolution: focused efforts are still needed

March 2013,The Lancet; In The Lancet, Leontine Alkema and colleagues1 illustrate the usefulness of rigorous modelling to provide convincing estimates of health indicators when empirical data are patchy or non-existent. Their report presents by far the most complete country-specific information about trends between 1990 and 2010, with projections to 2015, …

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Serial abortions becoming cool in Kenya

March 2013, The Star; There are some issues in society that will never die off and as much as we try to turn our backs, the debate on abortion can never go away. It is a silent ‘problem’ that many women, oblivious or ignorant of the consequences, continue to procure …

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Why governments should take health more seriously

March 2013,Lancet; The standard answer to the question “what is a health system for?” is often something to do with the prevention, control, and treatment of disease. A more positively framed answer would be the protection and promotion of health. An even more ambitious, although now somewhat tarnished, objective (plagiarising …

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