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Malaria eradication: Cure all

January 2014  TheEconomist; WHAT if it were possible to get rid of malaria? Not just bring it under control, but wipe it from the face of the Earth, saving 660,000 lives a year, stopping hitherto endless suffering, and abolishing a barrier to economic development reckoned by the World Bank to …

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KENYA:Sh15 Million Drugs for Nyandarua Hospitals

January 2014  TheStar; The Nyandarua county government on Friday distributed the first consignment of treatment drugs worth Sh15.6 million to all its health facilities. The drugs were bought from the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency. Deputy Governor Waithaka Kirika, who flagged of lorries and pickups ferrying the medicine at the county …

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Under pressure: hospital organisation in Europe

January 2014  NuffieldTrust ; Hospitals across Europe are under pressure. They all tend to have business models which rely on growing income and payers that are increasingly trying to contain them. Big questions are being asked about future strategy but there is surprisingly little public debate about this important part …

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KENYA:KCB to Offer Low Interest Loans to Health Sector

January 2014 Thestar; TWO US institutions have partnered with a local bank to launch a pilot healthcare credit finance facility they said would gradually phase out heavy donor component in the under-funded health sector. The Sh859.2 million($10 million) facility unveiled yesterday in Nairobi targets small and medium enterprises with loans …

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KENYA:Uhuru Set to Visit Moi Referral Hospital

January 2014 TheStar; President Uhuru Kenyatta will visit the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital to assess medical facilities at the institution and attend World Cancer Day Celebrations. Plans are underway to host Uhuru at the hospital next Tuesday.He will address a public meeting at the Eldoret Sports Club. “We will …

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Watchdogs or critical friends?

January 2014 GlobalFundObserver; I was in Nairobi recently to help Aidspan facilitate a meeting with the representatives of about 30 organizations from East and Southern Africa involved in the monitoring of global health programs. The group brought together health advocates, human rights activists, data experts, journalists, as well as representatives …

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ETHIOPIA:Addis Ababa’s Ailing State Hospitals

January 2014 AddisStandard; Around end of October 2013, the online version of Addis Standard published an opinion piece discussing an eight hour power outage and a dysfunctional power generator at Tikur Anbessa (Black Lion) Hospital, a state run hospital in Addis Ababa. Written by Fitsum Tilahun (MD), it revealed what …

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Equitable health systems listen to people

January 2014 Equinet; If our health systems ‘listen’ better to people’s input, will this make them more responsive to people’s needs? Will strengthening people’s voice and role in decisions in health systems help overcome the significant inequalities that exist in east and southern Africa – and more widely – in …

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Hookworm Genome Sequence Helps Identify Drug Candidates

January 2014 SciDev; Scientists have sequenced the genome of Necator americanus, the parasite behind around 85 per cent of human hookworm infections, giving them an unprecedented insight into the worm’s biology that could help accelerate the development of drugs, diagnostics and vaccines against it.   They also used the sequence …

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KENYA:New CEO to Be Posted At Isiolo Hospital

January 2014 TheStar; ISIOLO county government will hire a chief executive officer to manage the Isiolo Level Four Hospital. Governor Godana Doyo said the officer will not be a medic but someone with high credentials in other professional fields to avoid conflict of interest. He said the move will ensure …

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