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WHO issues new HIV recommendations calling for earlier treatment

July 2013 WHOBulletin; New HIV treatment guidelines by WHO recommend offering antiretroviral therapy (ART) earlier. Recent evidence indicates that earlier ART will help people with HIV to live longer, healthier lives, and substantially reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to others. The move could avert an additional 3 million deaths …

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KENYA: Transition Authority Assures Medics Over Pay

June 2013 CapitalFM; The Transition Authority has downplayed concerns by doctors and nurses over their pay once health services are devolved to the Counties. Chairman Kinuthia Wamwangi has told Capital FM News that the national government had agreed to facilitate payment of health workers over the next six months to …

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KENYA:Health staff oppose transfer to counties

June 2013 DailyNation; Public health officers have threatened to go on strike if they have to be paid by county governments. The Association of Public Health Officers in Kenya (Aphok) on Sunday warned of “catastrophic implications” should the Transition Authority rush in devolving the responsibility of paying them to county …

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KENYA:U.S.$46.7 Million for Kakamega Hospital Renovation

June 2013 TheStar; CHINESE investors will collaborate with the Kakamega county government to upgrade the Kakamega Provincial General Hospital to a referral status at a cost of Sh4 billion, governor Wycliffe Oparanya has said. Oparanya said his government has allocated Sh411 million towards the upgrade adding that negotiations with Chinese …

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Planning for Non-Surgical Male Circumcision

July 2013 IRIN; In May, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) announced the prequalification of PrePex, the first non-surgical device for adult male circumcision. Compared to surgical circumcision, the device has fewer complications and is easier and quicker to use, allowing lower-cadre medical workers to be trained to perform the …

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