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Health - Health: Canada, Partners Invest US $1.6M to Improve Mental Health in Africa - Tuesday, 27 January 2015 06:26
Health - Health: Over 200,000 children triaged in Southern Malawi - Monday, 26 January 2015 12:32
Agriculture - Agriculture: Drought Triggers Arc Insurance Payout In Sahel Ahead Of Humanitarian Aid - Thursday, 22 January 2015 08:34
Environment - Environment: Vetiver, the Magical Grass spreads in Busia County - Friday, 16 January 2015 03:48
Environment - Environment: A Sh.30 Million sanitation project for Busia mooted - Friday, 16 January 2015 03:40
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Algerian infants at risk as pregnant women found low on diet

Long-term development of infants in Algeria is at risk unless pregnant women in the country are helped to improve their daily intake of macronutrients and micronutrients---normally lower than the internationally recommended standards, a leading Algerian researcher has said.


A Botswana health expert picked to head WHO Africa Regional office

Dr Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti from Botswana has been appointed as the new Regional Director for WHO's Africa Region by the WHO Executive Board.


Canada, Partners Invest US $1.6M to Improve Mental Health in Africa

Grand Challenges Canada Tuesday announced a CDN $1 million scale up investment in an innovative, franchised approach to the treatment and support of mental illness in resource-poor countries.  The Canadian government money will be matched by international partners for a…


Over 200,000 children triaged in Southern Malawi

International charity Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) has announced that its health intervention project Action Meningitis has triaged over 200,000 children since it began in October 2012.  


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…


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.


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…


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.


FOCAC Great Strides towards Peace and Security

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Written by George Okore

South Africa will in late 2015 host the Sixth Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) - which has in the last 15 years considerably consolidated China-Africa friendship.



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. 



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.”


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