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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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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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Free maternity: Govt reconsiders deal

Feb 2013: GOVERNMENT is reconsidering the scrapping of maternity user fees because of unfulfilled financial promises from Treasury. Health and Child Welfare Deputy Minister Dr Douglas Mombeshora said his ministry was promised US$10 million from the national budget for the programme. However, only US$6 million was approved. Deputy Minister Mombeshora …

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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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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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