WORLD NEWS

Rude health – fear and violence in Nepal’s medical system

March 2014 IRIN; Regular attacks and harassment of Nepalese health workers are undermining health care in the country, authorities and doctors say. “Health workers are routinely being threatened or harmed in the workplace and it’s taking a toll on their ability to do their jobs,” Anjali Jha, president of the …

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Curbing West Africa’s Ebola outbreak

March 2014 IRIN; As health authorities and aid groups work to contain the spread of Ebola in Guinea which has killed 59 people and infected scores of others since January, suspected cases have emerged in neighbouring Liberia, prompting calls for a regional response. Haemorrhagic fever symptoms first appeared in Guinea’s …

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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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