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LIBERIA:African Governments Still Underfunding Health

July 2013 IRN; Twelve years after African governments pledged in the Abuja Declaration to allocate at least 15 percent of their annual budgets to healthcare by 2015, just six countries have met this goal. Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Rwanda, Togo and Zambia have met the target, and five other countries are …

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Sierra Leone Demands Improvements in Maternal Health

July 2013 theguardian; Local communities in Sierra Leone are being encouraged to rate their clinics and demand more from their healthcare services in a bid to cut the country’s high maternal mortality rates.   The riskiest thing a woman can do in Sierra Leone is get pregnant; one in every …

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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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