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Rude health – fear and violence in Nepal’s medical system

March 2014 IRIN; Regular attacks and harassment of Nepalese health workers are undermining health care in the country, authorities and doctors say. “Health workers are routinely being threatened or harmed in the workplace and it’s taking a toll on their ability to do their jobs,” Anjali Jha, president of the …

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KENYA: Mombasa Health Workers Threaten Strike Over Pay

March 2014 TheStar; The Mombasa County health workers have threatened to go on strike on Monday next week over unpaid two months salaries. Yesterday more than 1,500 health workers said the Mombasa government has not paid them their January and February salaries. Through the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union, …

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KENYA: Audit exposes loss of Sh4bn in fishy cash deals

March 2014 DailyNation; The Sh3.9 billion used by NHIF to build a multi-storey car park at Upper Hill in Nairobi cannot be justified, a report of Auditor-General Edward Ouko has said, raising serious questions about how government institutions spend public money. The 2011/2012 state corporations audit report seen by the …

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The Global Fund and the fears of transparency

March 2014 Aidspan; In 2002, the new Global Fund was a world leader in aid transparency. It had committed to publish a volume and level of technical details on its grants that was unprecedented in international development. It was my privilege to be part of the Fund at that time, …

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ETHIOPIA:Ethiopian Ministry of Health: Bright Future for Collaboration with Private Health Sector

March 2014   SHOPSProject; On January 28, 2014, the HANSHEP Health Enterprise Fund hosted an awardee recognition event in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to highlight the work of seven companies—Echelon, GE Ethiopia, Innopia Electromechanical Solutions, Kadisco General Hospital, Medical Biotech Laboratories, Tebita Ambulance and Pre-Hospital Emergency Services, and Telemed Medical Services. All …

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PAKISTAN: Pakistan Has Highest Infant Mortality Rate

March 2014 VOA; More than one million babies die worldwide each year on their first day of life, according to new research published by the British charity Save the Children. The report, “Ending Newborn Deaths,” said in 2012 Pakistan had the highest rate of first day deaths and stillbirths at …

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South AFRICA: Health Spending Increases As SA Gears for NHI

March 2014 SAnews; Government spending on health care is expected to exceed R492-billion over the next three years as South Africa strengthens its health care system in preparation for the implementation of a National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme. Budget documents released on Wednesday show that national health spending will grow …

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