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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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Social chaos—the ignored tragedy in global health

January 2014 TheLancet; Universal health coverage, the Millennium Development Goals, non-communicable diseases, health system strengthening, the social determinants of health, and even the right to the highest attainable standard of health. These issues are fiercely discussed. They top the agendas of most global institutions concerned with health. Perfectly rational reports …

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GHANA:National Health Accounts Launched

January 2014 TheDailyObserver; The National Health Accounts (NHA) was on Wednesday launched by the minister of Health and Social Welfare at a ceremony held at the Governor’s Office in Brikama, West Coast Region (WCR). The NHA is an internationally standardised methodology for measuring financial resources flows in the health sector. …

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NIGERIA:Doctors Begin Nationwide Strike Wednesday

December 2013 LeadershipNewspaper; The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has directed all medical doctors to commence a nationwide strike on Wednesday December 18, 2013. The strike according to the NMA President, Dr Osahon Enabulele is in recognition of the extremely poor progress in the resolution of the demands of the Nigerian …

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ZIMBAMBWE:Health Transition Fund Brings Smiles to Zaka Community

December 2013 TheStandard; The Health Transition Fund (HTF) has breathed life into the ailing health delivery services in Zaka district, with the local health facilities now getting drugs and equipment. The two main health facilities in the district, Ndanga Hospital and Jichidza Rural Hospital, are now bustling with activity following …

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World Bank sets goal for access to health care

December 2013 YahooNews; Ensuring greater access to affordable health care is a crucial factor in alleviating poverty and promoting economic growth, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said Friday in announcing ambitious targets for preventing and treating chronic illnesses in developing countries. About 100 million people are impoverished by medical …

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