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ZIMBABWE:Diabetes Clinics on Cards

April 2014 TheHearald; Government plans to introduce diabetes clinics throughout the country to detect the disease early as well as reduce the rate of complications. The project, funded by the International Diabetes Federation, will start with a pilot project at Harare Central and Parirenyatwa Central hospitals in May. The IDF …

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Malaria Research Funding Website Leaves Limited Legacy

March 2014 SciDevNet; A website intended to rewrite the rules of how malaria research is funded failed to exploit the early potential of social media to link the public with researchers – but its one achievement, a new mosquito repellent is due to hit Tanzania’s market early next year. MalariaEngage, …

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Investing in health-Public Financing

March 2014 TheLancet; Public financing is the path to universal health coverage (UHC). UHC is rapidly becoming the overarching goal for national health systems and two recent events mark a new consensus that public financing is the way to get there.1 The Lancet Commission on Investing in Health2 focused on …

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TANZANIA: Govt Moves to Cut Infant Mortality

March 2014  DailyNews; THE government has ordered Regional and District authorities to allocate a sufficient budget for equipment and obstetric emergency care services in hospitals and health centres as a way of reducing maternal and infant mortality. This was said here on Saturday by Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda during an …

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Global health 2035: a world converging within a generation

March 2014  TheLancet;  Executive summary Prompted by the 20th anniversary of the 1993 World Development Report, a Lancet Commission revisited the case for investment in health and developed a new investment framework to achieve dramatic health gains by 2035. Our report has four key messages, each accompanied by opportunities for …

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USA:Last-Minute Shoppers Push Obamacare Sign-Ups Past 6 Million

March 2014 newrepublic; More than 6 million Americans have bought private insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s new marketplaces, the Administration announced on Thursday. And it appears that people are signing up more quickly than ever before. If signups passed 6 million sometime on Tuesday, that would mean about 1.75 …

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Curbing West Africa’s Ebola outbreak

March 2014 IRIN; As health authorities and aid groups work to contain the spread of Ebola in Guinea which has killed 59 people and infected scores of others since January, suspected cases have emerged in neighbouring Liberia, prompting calls for a regional response. Haemorrhagic fever symptoms first appeared in Guinea’s …

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