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LIBERIA:College of Physician and Surgeons launched

October 2013 Heritage;The Government of Liberia(GOL) has launched the Liberia College of Physicians and Surgeons, a professional institution established by law to train medical specialists in surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology to independently manage surgical and medical problems to the highest level of competence. The Liberia College of Physicians …

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WHO urges end to Childhood TB deaths

October 2013 VibeGhana;The death of more than 74 000 children from tuberculosis (TB) could be prevented each year through measures outlined in the first ever action plan developed specifically on the disease. The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) “Roadmap for Childhood TB: Toward Zero Deaths,”, launched on Tuesday by global TB …

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USA: The Early Impact of the Affordable Care Act

September 2013 Brookings;  Abstract; I examine the impact of state policy decisions on the early impact of the ACA using data through the first half of 2014. I focus on the individual health insurance market, which includes plans purchased through exchanges as well as plans purchased directly from insurers. In …

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UGANDA:Child Births, Deaths Registered By Phone

September 2013 TheObserver; Children countrywide are now being registered at birth using the mobile vital records system (MVRS), a new pilot technological innovation. MVRS has been developed by the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) with the support of Unicef. The system uses internet connected computers in hospitals and mobile phones …

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KENYA:Sees Drop in HIV Prevalence

September 2013 IRIN; Kenya’s HIV prevalence fell from 7.2 percent to 5.6 percent between 2007 and 2012, according to the preliminary results of the latest Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey (KAIS), but officials fear that unless the country reduces its reliance on donor funding for its HIV programmes, these gains will …

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RWANDA:EAC Moves to Curb Use of Substandard Drugs in the Region

September 2013 NewsofRwanda; East African Community partner states have embarked on a collective Medicines Regulatory Harmonization (EAC-MRH) programme which seeks is to improve access to safe and quality medicine. Ministry of Health officials say that these efforts will be achieved through harmonising medicines regulation systems and procedures in accordance with …

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CHAD:Providing healthcare against the odds in Tissi region

September 2013 IRIN; Geographic remoteness, proximity to two volatile border regions, harsh weather and impassable roads are but a few of the challenges aid agencies grapple with as they provide healthcare in Chad’s southeastern Tissi area. Healthcare needs among the region’s growing population have increased, prompting aid agencies to set …

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SOUTH AFRICA:Proposed Policy Could Mean Fewer Patents, Cheaper Drugs

September 2013 Health-e; South Africa’s first intellectual property policy could curb abusive patents and slash medicine prices if a newly released draft is any indication. South Africa currently grants almost every patent application it receives as it doesn’t have a patent review system. Easy patents for pharmaceutical companies mean South …

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