EAST AFRICAN NEWS

KENYA: MPs probe Medanta Hospital in referral-for-bribes scandal

May 2016 DailyNation; Parliament has opened investigations into the activities of Medanta Africare — the hospital accused of notoriously referring patients to India in return for a Sh200,000 kickback per patient. The National Assembly’s Health Committee launched the investigations after initial reports indicated that the Kenyan hospital’s Indian affiliate is …

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Economic Interests Harming Global Health – WHO Chief

May 2016 IPSNews; Putting economic interests over public health is leading the world towards three slow-motion health disasters, Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization’s warned the world’s health ministers on Monday. Changes in the world’s climate, the failure of more and more antibiotic drugs and the increase in …

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Africas Pharmaceutical Industry Needs Incentives

April 2016 UNECANews; Africa’s pharmaceutical industry hardly accounts for 2 per cent of the world’s market of medicines but good incentives, innovation and proper regulation could give it a good boost, concluded panelists of an engaging side-event of the on-going Africa Development Week. Chaired by Ms Fatima HaramAcy, African Union …

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TANZANIA: Dont Sell Blood to Patients, Workers Warned

April 2016 DailyNews; THE National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) has warned health workers in public hospitals to refrain from selling blood to patients. NBTS Operations Manager, Dr Abdu Juma, told reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the sale of blood to patients is unlawful. “Unfortunately some people are not …

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UN health body calls for closing the immunization gap

April 2016 DW; The WHO’s 2016 World Immunization Week promotes vaccines as the most successful, safe and cost-effective way to stop deaths from preventable diseases. Millions of people worldwide lack the most routine immunizations. The world is filled with nasty, but preventable, illnesses, some of which can cause disability or …

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More Than 20 Countries Could Be Malaria-Free By 2020

April 2016 DW; Twenty-one countries, including six African nations hit hard by the disease, have the potential to be malaria-free by 2020. Last year 400,000 people died from the mosquito-borne disease. One of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2016-2030 program goals is to eliminate malaria transmission in at least 10 …

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RWANDA: New Firm to Manage King Faisal Hospital

April TheNewTimes; The Government has signed a deal with Oshen Healthcare Rwanda Limited that will see the latter manage King Faisal Hospital, Kigali. The Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and the Rwanda Development Board signed the concession agreement on behalf of the Government, expected to facilitate maintenance, upgrading of …

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