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Huge health inequalities in Latin America revealed

May 2013 SciDev.Net; The quality of healthcare offered to people in Latin America and the Caribbean varies dramatically from nation to nation, according to a recent study that calls for a systematic evaluation of health inequalities with the aim of reducing inequities in this region. Researchers from Argentina and Colombia …

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SOUTH AFRICA:Assessing the end of the UK’s aid to South Africa

MAy 2013 Lancet; On April 30, the UK’s International Development Secretary, Justine Greening, announced that Britain’s bilateral development programme in South Africa would end in 2015, on the grounds of South Africa’s enormous political and economic progress. The withdrawal decision, however, was regarded as “unilateral” by South Africa’s Government, who …

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Doha Declaration on Climate, Health and Wellbeing

May 2013 DohaDeclaration ; Health and medical organisations from around the world are calling for the protection and promotion of health to be made the one of the central priorities of global and national policy responses to climate change. The protection of health and welfare is one of the central …

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Revising the Declaration of Helsinki

May 2013 BMJ; In the middle of the 20th century, the Nuremberg trials laid bare the abuse of medical knowledge and techniques used in human experimentation, with perhaps the most famous offender being Joseph Mengele. The outcomes of the trials included the Nuremberg Code—a legal document intended to stop such …

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TANZANIA:MPs Call for Universal Health Insurance

May 2013 DailyNews; MEMBERS of Parliament have called for health insurance coverage for all Tanzanians, noting that the government should find ways of making the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) accessible to every Tanzanian, regardless of whether they are in the formal sector or not. Debating budget estimates for the …

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KENYA:Nurses seek new terms of service

May 2013 DailyNation; Parliament has been petitioned to endorse new terms of service for nurses. Nurses’ representatives meeting in Thika Saturday said a paper outlining new terms and conditions of service has been submitted to the National Assembly. Kenya Nurses Union national chairman Josephinus Musundi said it was unacceptable that …

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TANZANIA:Health Workers Establish Trade Union

May 2013 DailyNews;In their quest to improve their welfare, health practitioners in the country have formed a trade union, Tanzania Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Workers’ Union (TMDPWU), to represent health workers in public and private sectors. Its founders said the association would seek to create harmony among members and also …

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