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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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Under pressure: hospital organisation in Europe

January 2014  NuffieldTrust ; Hospitals across Europe are under pressure. They all tend to have business models which rely on growing income and payers that are increasingly trying to contain them. Big questions are being asked about future strategy but there is surprisingly little public debate about this important part …

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Equitable health systems listen to people

January 2014 Equinet; If our health systems ‘listen’ better to people’s input, will this make them more responsive to people’s needs? Will strengthening people’s voice and role in decisions in health systems help overcome the significant inequalities that exist in east and southern Africa – and more widely – in …

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Hookworm Genome Sequence Helps Identify Drug Candidates

January 2014 SciDev; Scientists have sequenced the genome of Necator americanus, the parasite behind around 85 per cent of human hookworm infections, giving them an unprecedented insight into the worm’s biology that could help accelerate the development of drugs, diagnostics and vaccines against it.   They also used the sequence …

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UN suggests statistics development goal

January 2014 SciDev; A UN agency is advocating for improved capabilities in gathering and using statistics as a central aspect of the post-2015 global development agenda to help governments make more effective decisions based on quality data. The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) emphasised the need …

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