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USA: Senate confirms Obama’s new health secretary

June 2014 YahooNews; New management, same problems. Sylvia Mathews Burwell was confirmed Thursday as the nation’s new health secretary, but she’ll have to act quickly to head off more insurance chaos this fall. The 78-17 Senate vote was a bipartisan show of support for the veteran government manager who most …

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West Africa in crisis talks as Ebola spreads

July 2014 Vanguard; Health ministers from across western Africa gathered on Wednesday to plan “drastic action” against the world’s deadliest-ever Ebola epidemic as dozens of new cases continued to emerge. There have been 759 confirmed or suspected cases of the haemorrhagic fever in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the World …

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LIBERIA:Hospital Staff Quit Work Over Ebola Fear

July 2014 Heritage; Nurses at the C. H. Rennie Memorial Hospital in Kakata, Margibi County have abandoned work for fear of contracting the Ebola virus following the death of a patient last Thursday. According to the Liberia News Agency, the nurses said they lack Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to treat …

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NIGERIA:Doctors’ Strike Paralyses Services Nationwide

July 2014 Vanguard; It was a pathetic situation in all federal and state-owned hospitals across the country as services were shut down by medical doctors, leaving hundreds of patients, who turned up for appointments, hopeless. Women, children and men who turned up at the hospitals, irrespective of their conditions, were …

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WIPO’s Patent Pool Yet to Deliver New Drug Candidates

June 2014 SciDevNet; A UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) project to stimulate research into neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by facilitating patent sharing between their owners and researchers has brokered at least 60 partnerships since its 2011 launch, yet its effectiveness remains unclear. WIPO Re:Search was created in response to …

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ETHIOPIA: Life expectancy rises in Ethiopia

May 2014  ertagov; Ethiopia’s average life expectancy has improved significantly, said World Health Organization (WHO).   According to its report on the state of health around the world for 2014, Ethiopia has achieved the second biggest gain with a rise in the average life span from a low of 45 …

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