EAST AFRICAN NEWS

RWANDA: Ten hospital staff arrested over misuse of public funds

May 2016 TheNewTimes; Ten hospital staff at Kirehe, Nyanza and Nyamasheke district hospitals were on May 11 arrested over misappropriation of hospital funds. The suspects, who include either current or former hospital directors, accountants, administrators and supervisors, are accused of embezzling public funds estimated at Rwf800 million, Police said yesterday. …

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New Partnership in Cancer Fight Launched

May 2016 TheNewTimes;  There is need to support countries in setting up effective programmes against cancer, particularly cervical and breast cancers. Dr Andreas Ullrich, adviser to the assistant director general non-communicable diseases and mental cluster, World Health Organisation (WHO), said this in Kigali on Wednesday. He was briefing journalists about …

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TANZANIA: Many New Medics Could Be Jobless

May 2016 TheCitizen; More than half of all newly licensed medical doctors in the country will go without employment in the next financial year The Citizen has learnt. The medics have formed a committee of licensed doctors to try and press the government to put over 1,000 doctors on contract …

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TANZANIA: Health Insurance for All in State Strategy

May 2016 DailyNews;After the remarkable success by National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF), the government now wants to extend coverage to reach all the people. The Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, the Elderly and Children, Ms Ummy Mwalimu, said in the National Assembly that the ministry would come with a …

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Advance of Birth Control May Boost Female Smoking

May 2016 SciDevNet; The number of female smokers in developing countries may rise as contraception becomes more widespread, according to a study of smoking habits among a tribe in the Congo. The paper shows that Aka women, although equal to men in the tribe’s social model, smoke less than men. …

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MSF Pulls Out of Humanitarian Summit

May 2016 USNews; The international medical aid agency Doctors Without Borders has pulled out of the first U.N. humanitarian summit, saying the meeting won’t address the growing needs caused by war and violence across the world because of its non-binding nature. Eighty governments and 45 world leaders are expected to …

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Indigenous People Miss Out On Vital Services

MAy 2016 SciDevNet;  Indigenous people face a disproportionate struggle to access healthcare and education in both rich and poor countries, a paper in The Lancet warns. The study, which evaluated more than half of the world’s indigenous communities, found they scored lower across the board than non-indigenous people on access …

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