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ZAMBIA:Witness: Deaf, and Shut Out from HIV Information

July 2014 HumanRightsWatch; Faith learned she was HIV positive two years ago, after giving birth to her daughter. The Zambian government prides itself on its HIV prevention outreach, and every pregnant woman is supposed to be tested for the virus, to prevent passing it on to their babies. But Faith, …

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What’s in a number? Accurate estimates of childhood tuberculosis

July 2014 TheLancet; There is growing recognition that children bear a substantial burden of tuberculosis morbidity and mortality. However, in regions where the diagnosis is contingent on smear microscopy, the burden attributable to children, who usually have paucibacillary disease, is grossly underestimated. The downstream ramifications of inaccurate estimates include inadequate …

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KENYA:Plot to reject budget for hospitals

June 2014 DailyNation; Senators and MPs are headed for a fresh clash over the Division of Revenue Bill, this time on the allocation of funds for the former provincial hospitals that serve more than one county. In its amendments on the Bill, the Senate has demanded that the national government …

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Project that mails antimalarial boxes to start spin-off

June 2014 SciDevNet; An initiative that mails a box of antimalarial compounds for free to scientists around the world has helped boost research on drug discovery and development since its launch in 2011 and inspired a second project for neglected tropical diseases, according to product-development partnership the Medicines for Malaria …

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NIGERIA:63 Per cent of Births in Nigeria Occur at Homes

June 2014 ThisDay; Notwithstanding modern technology in birth delivery, a new National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) conducted by the National Population Commission (NPC) has revealed that about 63 per cent of births in the country occurred at home. The survey was conducted among men and women from 15-49 years …

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