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MOZAMBIQUE:Chronic Malnourishment Affects 43 Per Cent of Children

September 2014 MozambiqueNewsAgency; Chronic malnutrition affects 43 per cent of Mozambican children under the age of five, according to Deputy Minister for Women’s Affairs and Social Welfare, Virgilio Mateus. Speaking in Maputo on 7 August at the launch of a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report, Mateus said the figure, …

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Medical Racism and the African Patient

September 2014 SACSIS: In his book, Infections and Inequalities, Paul Farmer writes that we live in a world where infections pass easily across borders, while resources, including cumulative scientific knowledge are blocked at customs. The recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is a case in point. The World Health …

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KENYA:MPs freeze medical kit leasing plan for counties

August 2014 BusinessDaily; Parliament has warned the Health ministry against awarding the Sh34 billion tender for leasing of medical equipment for two hospitals in each county before reaching an agreement on the cost of the kit. The Health committee directed Cabinet secretary James Macharia to provide details on the costing …

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ETHIOPIA:Ethiopia’s Game-Changing Abortion Law

August 2014 IRIN; After decades battling high maternal death rates – at least a third of which were due to botched abortions – Ethiopia took a stand: it prioritized newborn and maternal health, and in 2005 it relaxed its abortion law in an effort to save women’s lives. Stopping short …

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ZIMBABWE: Infant, Maternal Mortality Rates Drop

August 2014 voanews; The United Nations is reporting huge improvements in Zimbabwe’s prenatal, newborn and maternal health care over the past five years. However, the U.N. Children’s Fund says the survey indicates that Zimbabwe must continue working to improve health standards. According to research findings released Friday, Zimbabwe’s infant and …

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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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