EAST AFRICAN NEWS

TANZANIA: Rabies Kills 1,500 People Each Year

January 2015 TheCitizen; Rabies, a viral infection which mainly results from dog-bites kill around 1,500 people in Tanzania each year, statistics shows. A majority of people who die from the highly infectious condition are children from poor and marginal communities, experts say. Despite being an immunisable disease, rabies kills around …

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TANZANIA: Muhimbili Battles to Curb Maternal Mortality

January 2015 DailyNews; MUHIMBILI National Hospital (MNH) has called for more collaborative efforts in reducing maternal mortality rates as their current mortality ratio stands at 1,500 per 100,000 births which is far from the national rate of 478 per 100,000 births. The call was made by the Acting Executive Director …

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UGANDA: Uganda sued in landmark medical brain drain case

January 2015 TheStandard; Raymond Mwesiga’s “darling kid sister” had much to live for, but when she needed medical help after a car crash, Uganda’s overstretched health system fatally failed her. Distracted by her toddler while driving her new car, 22-year-old Sandra Mbabazi had a “minor” accident and didn’t seem to …

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KENYA: Govt Boosts Help for the Poor and Vulnerable

January 2015 ThePresidency; President Uhuru Kenyatta today launched Kenya’s first Social Protection Week whose objective is to create links among all Government agencies involved in social protection schemes. The flagship of the Government’s social protection schemes are the cash transfer programmes to the elderly, orphans, the disabled and the Hunger …

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KENYA: Higher NHIF Fee Deductions Finally Get Employers Nod

January 2015 TheStar; New mandatory state health insurance contributions will be gazetted next week, Deputy President William Ruto has said, implying that deduction of the enhanced rates from employees’ payslips could begin in February or March. Ruto said the Federation of Kenya Employers has agreed with the National Health Insurance …

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