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KENYA: We need quality care, not more hospitals

February 2014 Elesban Kihuba; Reports about medical malpractice are a common item in our media. The much-touted fatal unassisted births in public hospitals are just pointers to the suffering of patients and the poor quality of health services in Kenyan hospitals. A look beneath the surface raises a number of …

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KENYA: We need quality care, not more hospitals

February 2014 Elesban Kihuba; Reports about medical malpractice are a common item in our media. The much-touted fatal unassisted births in public hospitals are just pointers to the suffering of patients and the poor quality of health services in Kenyan hospitals. A look beneath the surface raises a number of …

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SOUTH AFRICA: Free State Premier Outlines Successes in Healthcare

February 2014  SANews; A total of 193 869 patients are on Anti-retroviral Treatment in the Free State, says Premier Ace Magashule.”Over the past 5 years, we have expanded our antiretroviral treatment programme and currently 193 869 patients receive antiretroviral treatment. This is an increase from the 53 152 in 2009,” …

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The IMF and Ebola – Why We Dont Have Any Good Answers

January 2014 AfricanArguments; The debate on whether the IMF should shoulder any blame for the Ebola outbreak has been frustrating, even infuriating. And I predict that it is going to continue to be frustrating. This is largely because asking “Who is to blame for Ebola?” is not a good question. …

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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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