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Asbestos Still Used in Africa Despite Health Warnings

August 2015 TheNamibian; Asbestos is a severe cancer-causing agent, causing about half of all deaths from occupational-related types of cancer. Currently, about 125 million people in the world are exposed to asbestos at their workplaces. To date, significant data gaps exist in the African region in regard to the occupational exposure …

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3D printing can revolutionise emergency healthcare

August ScidevNet; When the NGO Field Ready first arrived at a health clinic in Haiti, they found the hospital’s maternity ward dangerously short of equipment. Nurses and doctors were using makeshift tools to clamp the umbilical cords of new-born babies. So the team began printing umbilical cord clamps using 3D …

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GHANA: Doctors Strike Paralyses Ghanas Public Health

August 2015 DailyTrust; Following a majority decision by members of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) to extend its strike for two more weeks, the crisis in the health sector has deepened. Member of the GMA at the weekend voted to extend their strike action further by two weeks at a …

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Healthcare IT is Like the Plane that Doesn’t Crash

August 2015 HavardNews; When it comes to information technology, the health care industry is “clearly lagging behind,” according to Ashish Jha, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s K.T. Li Professor of International Health. We live in an era when anyone with a smartphone can host a business meeting, deposit …

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How to fill the void of evidence for everyday practice?

August 2015 BMJBlogs; Some even most (depending on how you measure it) of what doctors do lacks strong evidence. Even when evidence exists it often doesn’t seem to be relevant to doctors—because their patients or their circumstances are so different from those in the trials that produce the evidence. This is …

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GHANA: Doctors threaten enmasse resignations

August 2015 TheAfricaReport; At least 4,000 public sector medical doctors across Ghana have quit their consulting rooms indefinitely, threatening to carry out mass resignations if the government fails to improve their conditions of service. Ghana Medical Association (GMA) in a statement outlined how they would proceed with their industrial action, …

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