EAST AFRICAN NEWS

UGANDA: 250 Medical Workers Leave Uganda Annually

September 2014 TheObserver; Every year, over 250 medical workers leave Uganda to work, mainly, in South Africa, Botswana and the United Arab Emirates, ministry of Health statistics show. Majority of these are anaesthetists, laboratory technicians, midwives and nurses. In a country where health professionals earn between Shs 400,000 for midwives …

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TANZANIA:Dar Eyes Improved Health Service Delivery

September 2014 DailyNews; THE government is determined to address the shortage of medicines with the aim of improving the quality of health service delivery in the country. The Deputy Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Dr Kebwe Steven Kebwe, said that the ministry is working towards a single system for …

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KENYA:Cotu approves rise in NHIF premiums to Sh1,700 monthly

September 2014 BusinessDaily; Workers monthly contribution to the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) is set to rise to Sh1,700 after the Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu) Thursday reached a deal with the State-backed health insurer. The proposed contribution will range between Sh150 and Sh1, 700 per month depending on …

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ETHIOPIA:Ethiopia’s Game-Changing Abortion Law

August 2014 IRIN; After decades battling high maternal death rates – at least a third of which were due to botched abortions – Ethiopia took a stand: it prioritized newborn and maternal health, and in 2005 it relaxed its abortion law in an effort to save women’s lives. Stopping short …

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KENYA:MPs freeze medical kit leasing plan for counties

August 2014 BusinessDaily; Parliament has warned the Health ministry against awarding the Sh34 billion tender for leasing of medical equipment for two hospitals in each county before reaching an agreement on the cost of the kit. The Health committee directed Cabinet secretary James Macharia to provide details on the costing …

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