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Why Doctors Are Sick of Their Profession

August 2014 WallStreetJournal; All too often these days, I find myself fidgeting by the doorway to my exam room, trying to conclude an office visit with one of my patients. When I look at my career at midlife, I realize that in many ways I have become the kind of …

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NIGERIA: Doctors End Strike, Resume Work Today

August 2014 TheGuardian; AFTER much intrigues, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called off its eight-week-old industrial action, which started on July 1, saying the decision was in response to ongoing concerns about the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and related issues. Announcing the development to newsmen in Abuja yesterday, NMA …

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NIGERIA: Suspension of striking resident doctors

August 2014  sunnewsonline; The Federal Government wielded the big stick against striking medical doctors in the country last week as it suspended all those on Residency Training Programme in federal tertiary hospitals nationwide. The resident doctors, who are said to number 16,000, had been on strike since July 1. They …

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Africa Makes Inroads On Open Development Data

August 2014 SciDevNet; New statistical and open data platforms are being set up to remedy long-standing challenges of development data access across Africa, promising to improve services and increase transparency. Open data on developing countries can be used “to improve the efficiency and coverage of public services in a variety …

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Quality missing from global health agenda

August 2014 HSPHNews; Today more people than ever have health insurance. In the U.S., millions have signed up for coverage since the 2008 passage of the Affordable Care Act. Globally, there’s a high level of interest in establishing universal health coverage in countries without it. It’s expected that the UN’s …

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Zimbabwe’s health system in crisis

August 2014 IRIN; Zimbabwe’s deepening economic crisis is severely affecting the government’s ability to fund public health delivery and restricting poor people’s access to health care, economists, government officials and health experts agree.  The economy had shown signs of modest improvement under the government of national unity (GNU) between 2009 …

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