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Kenya;Guard against sidelining counties on health

April 2013  Elesban Kihuba; A health system provides the means through which medical services are planned and delivered. The Constitution envisages a health system whose management is devolved to the county level. Devolved governments will own and manage county health centres, pharmacies and ambulance services. They will also be responsible …

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mHealth ‘could save a million African lives by 2017’

April 2013 SciDevNet; Mobile health (mHealth) applications such as text messages could save more than a million lives in Sub-Saharan Africa over the next five years, according to a report. The report, produced by consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) India, says that mobile phone interventions to ensure patients comply with treatment, medical …

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Kenya: Sh450 Million Budgeted for Free Maternal Care

April 2013 CapitalFM ; Outgoing Finance Minister Njeru Githae says the Treasury has already budgeted for Sh450 million to cater for free maternal healthcare to be implemented by the new government. Githae said they have also set aside Sh200 million in the supplementary budget to cater for free dispensary services …

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USA; Mapping the mind—smart thinking for brain health?

April 2013  The Lancet/WhiteHouse; On April 2, US President Barack Obama launched his most ambitious scientific research plan to date—the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative. The programme aims to accelerate the development of new tools to map comprehensively, for the first time, the activity of the human …

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Black women may gain more weight with contraceptives

April 2013 Reuters; Black women were the most likely to gain weight while using a long-acting form of contraception, such as a hormone implant or intrauterine device (IUD), in a small new study. Researchers found that during a year of using progestin-based long-term contraceptives, black women put on an average …

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USA;Prostitution policy splits NGOs in top court AIDS case

April 2013 Reuters; A Supreme Court case that challenges a law requiring anti-prostitution policies for HIV/AIDS programs seeking federal money has generated a split among nonprofit groups that counsel sex workers overseas. The case involves a 2003 law that bars funding for groups that work on HIV/AIDS prevention but do …

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Global Fund Welcomes U.S. Budget Decision

April 2013 Global Fund; The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria strongly welcomed the US$1.65 billion requested for the Global Fund in President Obama’s budget, which was released today. It will make a tremendous difference in the fight against these highly infectious diseases. “This budget decision is an …

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NIGERIA:National health bill suffers setback at Senate

April 2013 The Leadership; The National Health Bill suffered a major setback at the Senate on Tuesday as members failed to agree on the primary source of financing the National Primary Health Care Development Fund. The fund is meant to ensure the provision of basic health services to all eligible …

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