EAST AFRICAN NEWS

ETHIOPIA: Stepping Up Tel-Med Services

February 2016 TheEthipianHerald; The health strategy number four also indicates that health education shall be strengthened generally and for specific target populations through media outlets, community leaders, religious and cultural leaders, professional associations, schools and other social organizations. Such an approach is instrumental in inculcating attitudes of responsibility for self-care …

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KENYA: Set up drug factory, govt urged

February 2016 DailyNation;The government has been urged to invest in the pharmaceutical industry by setting up a manufacturing plant that will bring down the cost of medication for Kenyans. The Registrar of the Pharmacy and Poisons Board, Dr Kipkerich Koskei, said Kenya has the “potential” of becoming a drug manufacturing …

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TANZANIA: New Technology Brings Hope to Diabetic Patients

February 2016 DailyNews; Thousands of Tanzanians with diabetes will now be able to send their glucose levels to doctors using a smart technology devise introduced by Cumii International to provide efficient management of diabetes. The innovative device that will be launched in Tanzania within the next one month is among …

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KENYA: Kenyan doctors raise red flag over foreign medics

February 2016 BusinessDaily; Kenyan doctors have sounded the alarm over a swelling number of unlicensed foreign medics who are flying into the country for consultancy services that result in referral of hundreds of patients to overseas hospitals every year. Speaking through the Kenya Orthopaedic Association (KOA) and the Kenya Association …

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Doctors urge compromise on female genital cutting

February 2016 DailyNation; Western states should legally permit immigrant communities to surgically “nick” young girls’ vaginas as an alternative to genital mutilation, a pair of US gynaecologists argued in a hotly-challenged paper Tuesday. Such a “compromise” could allow groups to honour cultural or religious prescripts while saving millions of girls …

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NHIF gets green light to effect revised rates

The national health insurer has a free hand to implement the disputed revised rates, a court ruled on Thursday. The National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) had initially planned to roll-out the new rates on October 1, 2012, but its hands were tied following a court order. The Kenya Union of …

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Union disowns fresh NHIF bid to raise rates

The workers’ umbrella body has for the second time in four months disowned plans by the statutory National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) to increase premiums. The Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu), which sits on the NHIF board, has threatened mass and legal actions if the Fund does not drop …

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High cost of cancer treatment burdens patients

Doris Mayoli, a breast cancer survivor, never dreamt of raising funds for Kenyans suffering from cancer. When she launched her Twakutukuza concert, her idea was to use music to offer solace and give hope to cancer patients. But this changed when she came face-to-face with the high number of patients …

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ETHIOPIA: $50 million needed to tackle food insecurity caused by El Nino-induced drought, says UN

January 2016 UNNews; As the worst El Niño-induced drought has sparked a sharp deterioration in food security and massive drop in agricultural and pastoral production in Ethiopia, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today presented a $50 million plan to assist agriculture- and livestock-dependent households and enhance their resilience. “The …

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