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BOTSWANA: MHealth Creates Mobile Health Opportunities

March 2015 DailyNews; Applications developed under mobile Health Technologies (mHealth) use mobile devices to collect clinical data over a short period and offer real time monitoring of a patient Dr Kabelo Mokgacha from the Ministry of Health said this at the Youth mHealth Innovation media event in Gaborone on February …

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SOUTH AFRICA: Deadly Shortage of Black Stem Cell Donors

March 2015 Health-e; Black South Africans make up about 47 percent of all cancer patients but only 5 percent of donors in the nation’s bone marrow registry. The gap between those who may need bone marrow or stem cell transplants, and those able to provide them has deadly consequences for …

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NAMIBIA: Nurses Demonstrate Over Delayed Salaries

March 2015 NewEra; Staff members at the Onandjokwe Lutheran Hospital at Oniipa yesterday staged a peaceful demonstration over delayed salaries, which have gone from a few days’ delay to almost a week. Nurses have not been paid their salaries for February. The reasons for the delay are only known to …

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SOUTH AFRICA: A Faster Track to National Health Insurance

March 2015 Health-e; With the majority of South Africans still denied affordable access to quality healthcare, it’s time to find a faster track to deliver universal health coverage, writes Metropolitan Health CEO Dylan Garnett. It has been more than three years since government published its Green Paper on National Health …

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GAMBIA: Gambia Will Never Accept GM Food, Says Jammeh

March 2015 ThePoint; President Yahya Jammeh on Friday said The Gambia “will never accept GM food”, in his speech at the State Opening of the National Assembly for the 2015 legislative year, held at the new National Assembly Building in Banjul. Addressing the Assembly on his plans for the 2015 …

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NIGERIA: Doctors Protest Non-Payment of Salaries

March 2015 ThisDay; The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) of Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) has called on the hospital management as well as the Federal Ministry of Health to pay its members their outstanding salaries ranging from three months to seven months in arrears. The call was made by …

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New Initiative Calls for Radical Rethink of International Development

Match 2015 IDS; The global response to the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa has highlighted the failings of governments, international organisations and other development bodies, including non-governmental organisations (NGOs), to build strong, resilient societies, according to an IDS initiative launched today. In a set of nine briefing papers launching …

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USA: Divided US Supreme Court again weighs fate of Obamacare

March 2015 YahooNews;A sharply divided US Supreme Court weighed the future of “Obamacare” for a second time in three years Wednesday after a new challenge to the contentious healthcare reform. The law, President Barack Obama’s crowning domestic achievement, seeks to make health insurance available to a broad cross-section of Americans, …

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Publicly Funded Inequality

March 2015 project-syndicate; One of the factors driving the massive rise in global inequality and the concentration of wealth at the very top of the income distribution is the interplay between innovation and global markets. In the hands of a capable entrepreneur, a technological breakthrough can be worth billions of …

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