EAST AFRICAN NEWS

KENYA: Act on cancer, First Ladies demand

July 2015 StandardNewspaper; African First Ladies have raised concern that the fight against cancer is not receiving the priority it deserves from leaders in the continent. Led by Mrs Margaret Kenyatta, the First Ladies are now demanding urgent and stringent measures from the top leadership of governments to reverse the …

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KENYA: Doctors blame lack of data for TB cases

July 2015 DailyNation; Lack of up-to-date data on tuberculosis is impeding the fight against the country’s fourth killer disease. The country has been basing its strategies on surveys, which, according to Director of Medical Services Nicholas Muraguri, are unreliable because they do not give important information on the disease. The …

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KENYA: Public hospitals survive on donor funding

July 2015 DailyNation; Specialised care in public hospitals is heavily dependent on donor funding and public-private partnerships. The amount of money counties allocate to health is gobbled up by recurrent expenditure, including salaries, with only a negligible percentage going towards development and training. As such, the much-needed upgrading of the …

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KENYA: Wheres voice of Wanjikus in this debate

July 2015 DailyNation; I have been keenly following the debate on the Managed Equipment Services programme rolled out by the Kenyan government. According to Asteral, a company that specialises in MES, the concept is described as “outsourcing of all aspects of medical equipment to a third party company that specialises …

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TANZANIA: Maternal Deaths Seen Dropping

July 2015 DailyNews; The Director of Preventive Services in the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Dr Neema Rusibamayila, has expressed the government’s commitment in sustainable family planning initiatives that are tailored to decrease maternal mortality in the country. Dr Rusibamayila expressed the commitment on Wednesday evening when Marie Stopes …

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UGANDA: Cabinet to Discuss Health Bill

July 2015 DailyMonitor; Cabinet is due to discuss the National Health Insurance Bill after the Ministry of Finance committed to grant the Health ministry a certificate of financial implications. The certificate of financial implications shows that there are funds for the implementation of the Bill once it has been passed …

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