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TANZANIA: Rabies Kills 1,500 People Each Year

January 2015 TheCitizen; Rabies, a viral infection which mainly results from dog-bites kill around 1,500 people in Tanzania each year, statistics shows. A majority of people who die from the highly infectious condition are children from poor and marginal communities, experts say. Despite being an immunisable disease, rabies kills around …

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USA: Reducing Preventable Harm in Hospitals

January 2015 nytimes; Each year, in the United States, millions of patients are harmed while receiving care in hospitals. They get infections, experience adverse reactions to drugs, develop dangerous bed sores, or come down with pneumonia from the very ventilators meant to help them breathe. The estimates of the number …

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£3 Billion Pledge to Help End Malaria Deaths

January 2015 UKgov; Deaths from Malaria could be nearly eliminated in the next 15 years thanks in part to a landmark £3 billion funding commitment announced today by the Chancellor and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Speaking at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, George …

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KENYA: Higher NHIF Fee Deductions Finally Get Employers Nod

January 2015 TheStar; New mandatory state health insurance contributions will be gazetted next week, Deputy President William Ruto has said, implying that deduction of the enhanced rates from employees’ payslips could begin in February or March. Ruto said the Federation of Kenya Employers has agreed with the National Health Insurance …

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KENYA: Govt Boosts Help for the Poor and Vulnerable

January 2015 ThePresidency; President Uhuru Kenyatta today launched Kenya’s first Social Protection Week whose objective is to create links among all Government agencies involved in social protection schemes. The flagship of the Government’s social protection schemes are the cash transfer programmes to the elderly, orphans, the disabled and the Hunger …

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