WORLD NEWS

Premature birth biggest killer

November 2014 BBCnews; A study in the Lancet shows it accounts for more than one million deaths per year – mostly in the developing world. The complications of childbirth accounted for another 720,000 deaths a year. Being born too soon – when the lungs, brain and other organs have not …

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SOUTH AFRICA: Health System Shuns Asylum Seekers

November 2014 IRIN; When Elise M’s* 18-year-old daughter tried to kill herself with an overdose of pills last year, the ambulance that Elise called took them to nearby South Rand Hospital, in the Johannesburg suburb of Rosettenville. But nurses at the hospital refused to admit her. “They pointed to a …

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NAMIBIA:Doctor Acquitted in Negligence Hearing

November 2014 NewEraNewspaper; A medical doctor implicated in the death of 40-year-old Juliana Kleophas and her baby in the Katutura hospital maternity ward in May 2012 was acquitted of all the charges laid against her. Dr Albertina Amupala, 32, appeared before the Medical and Dental Council of the Health Professions …

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Liberian Ebola Prisoner in Kenya

October 2014 FrontpageAfrica; “I’m pregnant, but was made to sleep on a hard bench, it’s not even a bed, for over 24 hours without food, water or anything, can you imagine, this is the room, that’s the toilet, this is me.” – Monique Tata Allison In the past week, the …

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ZIMBABWE: Cancer Treatment Remains Out of Reach

October 2014 ZimbabweIndependent; AS Zimbabwe this month commemorates breast cancer month under the theme “Think pink, find it, fight it and win the battle”, cancer treatment remains expensive and beyond the reach of most ordinary citizens. The cost build-up from examination, diagnosis, lumpectomy, surgery and chemotherapy/radiotherapy, runs into thousands of …

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USA:No, Seriously, How Contagious Is Ebola?

October 2014 NPR; Holy moly! There’s a case of Ebola in the U.S.! That first reaction was understandable. There’s no question the disease is scary. The World Health Organization now estimates that the virus has killed about 70 percent of people infected in West Africa. The Ebola case in Dallas …

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