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Kenya: Country Hoping for Talks With President to End Doctors' Strike

Kenyans are hopeful President Uhuru Kenyatta's meeting on Thursday with the heads of the Catholic and Anglican churches and doctors' union leaders will put an end to the misery caused by the 88-day-old doctors' strike.   The Nation has exclusively learned that the crisis meeting, which will be held at an undisclosed location in Nairobi, will bring together the President, Catholic Archbishop John Cardinal Njue, his Anglican counterpart.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 3rd March 2017

East Africa: EALA Proposes Introduction of Contraceptives for Children

Kampala — The East African Legislative Assembly (Eala) has drafted a Bill seeking to introduce contraceptives for children and teenagers aged between 10 and 19.   The Bill dubbed the EAC Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), Bill 2017, if passed into law will bind the East African Community member states to provide contraceptives to all EAC citizens including children.   The Bill also seeks to legalise.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 2nd March 2017

Kenyan Youngsters Win Award in Germany for Innovative Healthcare Plan

Almost half of all Kenyans can't afford to consult a doctor when they fall sick. A team of young Kenyan IT specialists came up with a prize-winning plan to change that.   Ethredah Chao had just 72 hours to find a solution to one of Kenya's biggest problems.   "Almost half of the Kenyan population lives below the poverty line. That means that they cannot afford basic healthcare services," Chao told DW.   "They.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 1st March 2017

Tanzania: President Lauds Hospital for Saving Life of Domestic Abuse Victim

President John Magufuli has showered praise on the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH), in particular, surgeons and staff who saved the life of one Neema Mwita Wambura who suffered severe burns on her body two years ago.   Ms Neema was allegedly burnt with boiling porridge by her husband in Kyagata village of Tarime District in Mara Region in 2014. She suffered severe injuries on her chest, neck and hands.   The Director of.... Read more »

Posted on : Saturday , 25th February 2017

Tanzania: Govt Urges Indian Pharmaceutical Firms to Setup Shop in Tanzania

Dar es Salaam — The government has urged pharmaceutical firms from India to set up factories in the country to cut importation costs.   The call was made yesterday in Dar es Salaam during a business meeting with a delegation of 30 representatives of Indian companies touring the country.   Speaking during the meeting, Medical Stores Department (MSD) director general Laurean Bwanakunu said the government was spending at least.... Read more »

Posted on : Monday , 20th February 2017

Tanzania: Dar es Salaam Scores Top Marks in Global Health & Poverty Reduction

Tanzania has featured prominently in this year's Bill and Melinda Gates annual letter celebrating progress in global health and poverty reduction.   The letter is addressed to couple by mutual friend Warren Buffet, who a few months ago asked Melinda and Bill to reflect on the impact his gift has had in the world.   Buffett, an American investor, business magnate, and philanthropist in 2006 donated the bulk of his fortune of $30.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 16th February 2017

Egypt: Messi Postpones Egypt Medical Tourism Campaign Visit

Cairo — Barcelona star Lionel Messi has postponed a medical tourism campaign visit to Egypt following his side's 4-0 defeat against Paris St-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday.   Five-time world footballer of the year was scheduled to arrive in Cairo on Wednesday to promote Egypt's Tour n' Cure medical tourism campaign, launched by Egypt's government. The campaign is aiming to attract Hepatitis C patients to seek treatment.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 16th February 2017

Tanzania: Local Hospital Conducts 20 Heart Surgeries, Saves Patients $1.5 Million

Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute (JKCI) in partnership with India's BLK Super Specialist Hospital has conducted 20 heart surgeries, saving over 340m/- that could have been spent in undertaking the operations abroad.   JKCI Director of Cardiology Peter Kisenge said in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the patients with mitral stenosis complications were attended to during a two-day camp that saw other patients undergoing special screening for.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 16th February 2017

Tanzania: Ambitious $110 Million Pharmaceutical Plant Project to Take off This Year

Simiyu — Various government institutions have teamed up to execute a 250bn/- pharmaceutical industry in Simiyu region, with prospects of saving billions of public funds in importation of medicines.   Regional Commissioner Anthon Mtaka, speaking here yesterday ahead of the region's business forum, told the 'Daily News' that the multibillion project is scheduled to take off this year.   Execution of the project comes as a great.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 14th February 2017

Tanzania: Local Hospital to Start Kidney Implants from Next Month

Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) by the end of March, this year, will start local kidney transplantations, it has been confirmed.   Speaking to 'Daily News' yesterday, MNH head of Communication Department, Mr Amiel Eligaesha said the exercise was supposed to start last month but was delayed, adding that it is part of the government's plan to cut down the number of patients travelling abroad for the same treatment.   "Due to.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 8th February 2017

East Africa: USAID to Monitor EAC Grant More Closely

Arusha — The United States Agency for Development (USAID) has met with officials of the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat to operationalize the five-year Regional Development Objectives Grant Agreement (RDOAG) they received last year.   "RDOAG provides for changes in the way USAID will do its business; strengthen USAID-EAC Partnership; stronger collaboration, coordination and communication, and institutional.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 8th February 2017

Egypt: Parliamentary Health Committee Agrees to Discuss Development of Small Medical Units

The parliamentary Health Committee agreed to hold meetings in participation with all concerned parties to develop 377 small medical units across 16 governorates in the next period.   Member of the committee Samy El-Mashad said that the committee summoned the Minister of Health Ahmad Emad El-Din on Monday and three scenarios for the development were presented. The first would put the Ministry of Health in charge of carrying out.... Read more »

Posted on : Monday , 6th February 2017

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