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SOUTH AFRICA: Greenlight for Mediclinic Mega-Merger

January 2016 fin24; The Competition Tribunal on Wednesday approved the merger of SA’s biggest private hospital group Mediclinic [JSE:MDC] and Abu-Dhabi-based Al Noor Hospitals Group. Stellenbosch-based Mediclinic listed its proposal to combine with Al Noor Hospitals Group in its 2015 annual report. The hospital group was seeking to expand in …

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SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa Wants to Regulate Traditional Healers – but Its Not Easy

January 2016 TheConversation; South African traditional healers play a significant role for people that follow African cultural beliefs. There are more than 200,000 traditional healers across the country. Until recently, traditional healers have operated relatively freely from government interference, though many work under governing structures such as the Traditional Healers …

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Speed of Ebola Spread Linked to Poverty

January 2016 SciDevNet; Last year’s Ebola outbreak spread fastest and was hardest to control in poor communities, says a study which argues that future efforts to combat highly infectious diseases should target such areas. A paper published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases at the end of 2015 showed that people …

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Time Has Value: The Hidden Time Costs of Community Health Worker Programs

January 2016 cgdev; Recruiting community members with basic training for health promotion and care delivery is increasingly popular among development programs in low- and middle-income countries. This approach has great appeal: it could boost accountability and local ownership, and reduce program costs. Community Health Workers (CHWs) are also increasingly viewed …

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USA: Most Nurses Dont Follow Staph-Prevention Rules

January 2016 YahooNews; When you seek medical attention, you assume the right procedures have been taken to make sure you receive the safest care possible. But new research has shown that assumption might be misguided. According to a new study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, less than one …

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USA: Its not just Flint that’s poisoned

January 2016 YahooNews; In Flint, Mich., testing has found lead levels of more than 5 micrograms per deciliter of blood in 4 percent of that city’s children. The result is national outrage. In neighborhoods of New Orleans and Boston, New York and Baltimore, across the country in urban pockets much …

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Zika Virus Spreading Explosively

January 2016 YahooNews; The World Health Organization has convened an emergency committee to discuss the “explosive” spread of the Zika virus, which has been linked to thousands of birth defects in Latin America. WHO’s Director General says the virus is “spreading explosively” and “the level of alarm is extremely high.” …

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