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WHO, Medical Experts, Warn of Rising Health Costs in Asia

February 2017 voanews; Asia faces a growing burden in treatment costs due to rising numbers of patients diagnosed with cancer, as well as those suffering from stroke and dementia over the next decade. While Asia’s economic progress has led to sharply lower levels of poverty, it has resulted in social …

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ZIMBABWE: Poor Funding Crippling Health Sector – Minister

February 2017 TheHerald; The country must prioritise funding for health to revitalise the sector and ensure that no-one dies due to poor service delivery, senior Government officials have said.Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa said the “job freeze policy” must never apply to the health sector as it …

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KENYA: Govt Freezes Doctors Posts

January 2017 theHerald; Government has frozen medical doctors’ employment with effect from next month, as the posts have been filled up, prompting the class completing its internship next month to demand their open practice certificates for them to search for employment elsewhere. Although he could not immediately give more details …

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EGYPT: Medicines Price Increase Comes Into Effect

January 2017 aswatmasriya; Health minister Ahmed Emad said the cabinet approved decision to raise prices for 3,000 medicines; as of Thursday. This is the second wave of increasing medicines prices in less than one year. In May 2016, the cabinet decided to raise the medicines prices, less than EGP 30, …

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NIGERIA: 90 Percent of Nigerians Lack Health Insurance – Buhari

January 2016 DailyTrust; President Muhammadu Buhari says 9 out of 10 Nigerians are not “covered by any kind of health insurance or risk protection mechanism.” The president who disclosed this yesterday while inaugurating the Model Primary Health Care Centre for Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria at Kuchigoro Primary Health Centre …

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ZIMBABWE: ’20 Percent Zim Women Give Birth At Home’

January 2016 TheHerald; About 20 percent of Zimbabwean births over the past five years occurred at home, statistics which experts have described as unacceptably high. According to the recently-released Zimbabwe Demographic Health Survey (ZDHS), institutional deliveries stood at an average of 77 percent. “Seventy-seven percent of live births in the …

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