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SOUTH AFRICA: How to Fix Mpumalangas Broken Health System

October 2015 Health24; Mpumalanga Health MEC Gillion Mashego should step down with immediate effect. That is the call from the DA in the province who said MEC Mashego has failed to show decisive leadership in his department and under his watch, the condition of the health department has reached crisis …

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Three scientists win Nobel for anti-parasite drugs

October 2015 SciDevNet; The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was today awarded jointly to three scientists for their work in parasitic disease therapies. The announcement earlier today in Sweden rewards research carried out in China, Japan and the United States in the 1960s and 1970s that “revolutionised the treatment …

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The Hard Work on SDGs Starts Today – Gates Foundation

October GatesFoundation; As national delegations return home from New York having agreed the next stage in the global development fight, the hard work now begins. While agreeing the Sustainable Development Goals was essential to focus efforts and resources, it is only the first step in a long and difficult road. …

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USA: A prestigious NYC hospital tried to fire 30 doctors and exposed a huge problem with healthcare in America

October 2015 YahooNews; On the morning of October 12, residents of the prestigious Columbia University/New York Presbyterian’s Family Residency Programs received some demoralizing news. Steven J. Corwin, the CEO of New York Presbyterian, and Dr. Lee Goldman, the dean of Columbia’s medical school, mutually decided to shut down the joint-family-medicine …

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WHO: evaluate consumption of red meat and processed meat

October 2015 WHONews; The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, has evaluated the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat. Red meat After thoroughly reviewing the accumulated scientific literature, a Working Group of 22 experts from 10 countries …

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WHO Experts Temper Malaria Vaccine Hopes

October 2015 SciDevNet; WHO advisors have put a damper on hopes that the first malaria vaccine could soon reach African infants. In July, European regulators deemed the RTS,S vaccine safe, saying it provides “limited” but worthwhile protection in babies against Plasmodium falciparum, the malaria parasite most prevalent in Sub-Saharan Africa. …

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World set to lose fifth of remaining natural habitat

October 2015 SciDevNet; The world could lose a fifth of its remaining natural habitat by 2050 through population growth if current trends in land use continue unabated, a study warns. The effects of population growth on land use will be particularly dire in Africa and South America because of increases …

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Aid Agencies Urged to Sustain Ebola Data Advances

September 2015 SciDevNet; International aid teams must do more to maintain improvements in health data collection and early warning systems following the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a conference has heard. Strides made in building systems to collect data on infectious diseases and track outbreaks will only endure with long-term …

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Crisis health workers daunted by lack of career path

September 2015 SciDevNet; Health workers in Kenya’s refugee camps would be more likely to stick with their jobs if they were offered more training and the possibility of academic qualifications, according to a study. Healthcare assistants who are from the refugee community act as a crucial link between refugees and …

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