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Launch Of The Ethiopian Thoracic Society To Boost Sustainable Lung Health Care

Lung health in Ethiopia received a boost with the first two Fellows to complete fellowship training in pulmonary medicine under the auspices of the East African Training Initiative, a major new program run by World Lung Foundation in partnership with…

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Sex differences in academic achievement are not related to political, economic or social equality

New research has revealed that girls lead boys in educational achievement in 70% of countries, regardless of levels of national gender equality.

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Drought Triggers Arc Insurance Payout In Sahel Ahead Of Humanitarian Aid

ARC Insurance Company Limited (ARC Ltd) will pay US $25 million in drought insurance claims to three countries in the Sahel this month.  Mauritania, Niger and Senegal, which paid a combined premium of US $8 million, will use the payout…

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Vetiver, the Magical Grass spreads in Busia County

James Were, Kenya Forestry Coordinator in Busia County has asked the residents of the county to begin planting Vetiver grass, (Chrysopogon zizanioides) to improve soils.

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A Sh.30 Million sanitation project for Busia mooted

The Busia County Water Chief Officer, Timony Mboga, has decried deplorable sanitation in Busia town.

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Cameroonian Scientist urges Africa to learn from current Ebola crisis

Cameroonian Scientist urges Africa to learn from current Ebola crisis

A Cameroonian scientist has urged African governments to draw critical lessons from the current Ebola crisis in West African nations of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia to deal with future epidemics.

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Swaziland Aims for Malaria Elimination

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the Kingdom of Swaziland have strengthened their partnership by signing a new grant to support the elimination of malaria in the country by the end of 2015 with World Health…

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Draft road map for Ebola vaccine development

Wellcome Trust has Monday drafted a road map for the expedited development, testing, manufacture, delivery and financing of Ebola vaccines.

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AGRA Distributes Seeds to weed out Ebola in Liberia

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Written by Sophie Mbugua

Thousands of smallholder farmers in Liberia are set to benefit from an innovative seed distribution initiative that seeks to combine food security and Ebola containment strategies in Liberia. 

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500+ Organizations Launch Global Coalition to Accelerate Access to Universal Health Coverage

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Written by Kevin Wafula

A new global coalition of more than 500 leading health and development organizations worldwide is urging governments to accelerate reforms that ensure everyone, everywhere, can access quality health services without being forced into poverty.

The coalition, launched Friday on the first-ever Universal Health Coverage Day, aims to stress the importance of universal access to health services for saving lives, ending extreme poverty, building resilience against the health effects of climate change and ending deadly epidemics such as Ebola.

Universal Health Coverage Day marks the two-year anniversary of a United Nations resolution, unanimously passed on 12 December 2012, which endorsed universal health coverage as a pillar of sustainable development and global security. Despite progress in combatting global killers such as HIV/AIDS and vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, tetanus and diphtheria, the global gap between those who can access needed health services without fear of financial hardship and those who cannot is widening.

Each year, 100 million people fall into poverty because they or a family member becomes seriously ill and they have to pay for care out of their own pockets. Around one billion people worldwide can’t even access the health care they need, paving the way for disease outbreaks to become catastrophic epidemics.

“The need for equitable access to quality health care has never been greater, and there is unprecedented demand for universal health coverage around the world,” said Michael Myers, Managing Director of The Rockefeller Foundation, which is spearheading Universal Health Coverage Day. “Universal health coverage is an idea whose time has come – because health for all saves lives, strengthens nations and is achievable and affordable for every country.”

For much of the 20th century, universal health coverage was limited to a few high-income countries, but in the past two decades, a number of lower- and middle-income countries have successfully embraced reforms to make quality health care universally available.

Countries as diverse as Brazil, Ghana, Mexico, Rwanda, Turkey and Thailand have made tremendous progress toward universal health coverage in recent years. Today, the two most populous countries, India and China, are pursuing universal health coverage, and more than 80 countries have asked the World Health Organization for implementation assistance.

“Putting people's health needs ahead of their ability to pay stems poverty and stimulates growth,” said Dr. Tim Evans, Senior Director for the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice at the World Bank Group. “Universal health coverage is an essential ingredient to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity within a generation.”

The 500+ organizations participating in the first-ever Universal Health Coverage Day coalition represent a diverse cross-section of global health and development issues, including infectious diseases, maternal and child health, non-communicable diseases and palliative care. Across these issues, knowledge and technologies exist to save and improve lives in significant numbers, but the impact of these tools is severely hampered by lack of equitable access to quality health services.

“Ebola is only the most recent example of why universal health coverage is the most powerful concept in public health,” said Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Innovation at the World Health Organization. “Investing in strong, equitable health systems is the only way to truly protect and improve lives, particularly in the face of emerging threats like the global rise of non-communicable diseases and increasingly severe natural disasters.”

 

Making a livelihood out of the humble orange-fleshed sweet potato

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Written by Sophie Mbugua

Anyango Julian is a successful farmer after orange-fleshed sweet potato helped her improve on her livelihood.

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