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UGANDA:Gulu health centres neglected, falling apart

July 2013 DailyMonitor; Neglect, and a lack of medical supplies, has left eight health centres in Gulu District in a state of disuse. The health centres were built three years ago with funds from the Peace Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP) to provide health services to former internally displaced people …

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RWANDA:Home Child Delivery Raises Concerns

July 2013 TheNewTimes; Despite efforts to mobilise and facilitate pregnant mothers to deliver at hospital, the number of those giving birth at home is increasing in Muhanga District, officials have said. Statistics from the district health department indicate that between July 2012 and June 2013, Muhanga registered 96 cases of …

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Maps reveal ‘hidden hunger’ that strifles development

July 2013 SciDevNet; The lack of vital micronutrients in children‘s diets — deficiencies that are widespread across much of Sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia — is strongly linked to low levels of economic development and has a major impact on productivity, a study has found.  The burden of this …

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KENYA:Heads set to roll at health insurer

July 2013 DailyNation; Directors at the national health insurer face the sack barely a year after their appointment as the government moves to clean up the scandal-ridden institution. Health Secretary James Macharia Thursday said the government was not happy with the way the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) was being …

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Innovative Finance can boost Global health R&D

July 2013 SciDevNet; Whatever the exact numbers, few would dispute that only a small fraction of health R&D funding targets conditions in poor countries that account for most of the global disease burden. This is hardly surprising, given that markets in these countries have historically been unable to deliver sufficient …

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