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The Global Fund and the fears of transparency

March 2014 Aidspan; In 2002, the new Global Fund was a world leader in aid transparency. It had committed to publish a volume and level of technical details on its grants that was unprecedented in international development. It was my privilege to be part of the Fund at that time, …

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ZAMBIA: Is ‘Golden Jubilee Health’ Attainable?

March 2014  TheTimesofZambia ; A SEGMENT of mankind enjoys better health today than the past generations. But better health does not mean the best health. Sickness still exacts a heavy toll. Just the fear of getting sick brings great anxiety. And the harsh reality is that even in this modern …

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South AFRICA: Health Spending Increases As SA Gears for NHI

March 2014 SAnews; Government spending on health care is expected to exceed R492-billion over the next three years as South Africa strengthens its health care system in preparation for the implementation of a National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme. Budget documents released on Wednesday show that national health spending will grow …

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PAKISTAN: Pakistan Has Highest Infant Mortality Rate

March 2014 VOA; More than one million babies die worldwide each year on their first day of life, according to new research published by the British charity Save the Children. The report, “Ending Newborn Deaths,” said in 2012 Pakistan had the highest rate of first day deaths and stillbirths at …

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SOUTH AFRICA: Community health workers remain unpaid

March 2014 Health-e; Despite promises of payment by the Gauteng Department of Health, some community health workers report that they have not been paid for their work as home-based carers, HIV testing counsellors and peer educators. For some, the delay means they have gone almost five months without pay. In …

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IFPRI’s 2013 Global Food Policy Report – Ending Hunger and Undernutrition By 2025 Must Be a Top Priority in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

March 2014 IFPRI; What is the problem? Persistent hunger and undernutrition. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 842 million people—or one in eight people worldwide—go hungry every day. And more than 2 billion people suffer from “hidden hunger,” or a shortage of essential micronutrients, such as …

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SOUTH AFRICA: Free State Premier Outlines Successes in Healthcare

February 2014  SANews; A total of 193 869 patients are on Anti-retroviral Treatment in the Free State, says Premier Ace Magashule.”Over the past 5 years, we have expanded our antiretroviral treatment programme and currently 193 869 patients receive antiretroviral treatment. This is an increase from the 53 152 in 2009,” …

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The IMF and Ebola – Why We Dont Have Any Good Answers

January 2014 AfricanArguments; The debate on whether the IMF should shoulder any blame for the Ebola outbreak has been frustrating, even infuriating. And I predict that it is going to continue to be frustrating. This is largely because asking “Who is to blame for Ebola?” is not a good question. …

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Malaria eradication: Cure all

January 2014  TheEconomist; WHAT if it were possible to get rid of malaria? Not just bring it under control, but wipe it from the face of the Earth, saving 660,000 lives a year, stopping hitherto endless suffering, and abolishing a barrier to economic development reckoned by the World Bank to …

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