EAST AFRICAN NEWS

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;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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Father’s use of parental leave:What do we know

April 2013 UNU; Parental leave is a work-life reconciliation instrument with greatpotential to bring about a more equal distribution of paid and unpaidwork between men and women. However, policy evaluation studiesreveal that simply making parental leave available to men as an op-tion does not lead to a marked increase in …

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Evaluating the Viability of a Health Savings Card in Kenya

March 2013, SHOPS Project;  In Kenya, a stored-value electronic savings card offered by a local business—Changamka—allows families to save for prenatal visits, deliveries, and postnatal care. The purpose of the savings product is to enable women to meet the relatively large costs associated with maternity care by saving over the …

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The contraceptive revolution: focused efforts are still needed

March 2013,The Lancet; In The Lancet, Leontine Alkema and colleagues1 illustrate the usefulness of rigorous modelling to provide convincing estimates of health indicators when empirical data are patchy or non-existent. Their report presents by far the most complete country-specific information about trends between 1990 and 2010, with projections to 2015, …

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