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ETHIOPIA:Insurance Health Insurance delayed

August 2013 TheAfricaReport; Ethiopia has postponed the launch of its first ever universal health insurance (UHI) scheme, as the agency supposed to run it is understaffed and has not met legal deadlines. The UHI proclamation was issued in August 2010, making health insurance mandatory to government employees, pensioners and private …

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TANZANIA:Health Insurance for Coffee Farmers Pays Off

August 2013 DailyNews; THE Health Plan initiated by Kilimanjaro Native Cooperative Union (KNCU), which has so far enrolled 15,000 coffee farmers in Kilimanjaro Region since January last year, stands out among other successful community insurance schemes, it was revealed here last weekend. Opening a one-day dissemination meeting of the KNCU …

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China eyes Health cooperation with Africa

August 2013 SciDevNet; China plans to improve the health services it provides in Africa and expand its medical aid there, according to the International Cooperation unit at China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission.   “We will expand medical aid in Africa, although there are many challenges,” Ren Minghui, director …

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SOUTH AFRICA:SADC Considers Universal HIV Testing

August 2013 AIM; Several leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), speaking at the organisation’s weekend summit in Lilongwe, called on member states to adopt the principle of universal testing for HIV, rather than leaving it up to each citizen to decide whether to take an HIV test or …

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