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Tanzania:Tanzania Eyeing Compulsory Universal Healthcare Model

[East African] Tanzania is working on a model that will help ensure that every citizen enjoys health insurance. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Health Officials Widen Polio Immunisation Drive

[Nation] The road leading to Hagadera in the Dadaab Refugee Complex is wide, straight and dusty. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Cholera Catches Up With Bulawayo, Cases Traced to Harare

[New Zimbabwe] THE city of Bulawayo, which has remained a relatively free spot for cholera and other waterborne diseases outbreak, has recorded four suspected cases of the deadly disease with authorities tracing the ailments to Harare. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:ZCTU Boss Blames Cholera Outbreak On Land Barons

[New Zimbabwe] ZIMBABWE Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) secretary general Japhet Moyo has urged government to deal decisively with bogus land dealers he says had a lot to do with the current cholera outbreak that has claimed 27 lives in Harare with reports it was spilling out to many other parts of the country. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania:Ministry Clears Confusion Over Family Planning

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -The government says it has not stopped its family planning programme, clarifying that remarks by President John Magufuli on the matter did not contradict its reproductive health policy objectives. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Minister Scolds Mayor for Politicising Cholera Disaster

[New Zimbabwe] Local Government Minister July Moyo has warned Harare mayor Herbert Gomba against "playing games" and attempts to score points when the city faced a devastating cholera outbreak that has claimed dozens. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Bulawayo On Cholera Alert

[The Herald] THREE people, two of whom recently visited Harare, have been quarantined in Bulawayo after contracting suspected cholera. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Pharmaceuticals Call for Funding

[The Herald] THE Government has been urged to avail funds to local pharmaceutical companies to manufacture intravenous fluids for the treatment of cholera. (AllAfrica)

Africa:Wide Inequalities Cast Shadow On Human Development Progress

[UNDP] New York -According to the latest Human Development Index, people living in the very high human development countries can expect to live 19 years longer, and spend seven more years in school, than those living in the group of low human development countries. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Where Women Are Fined Sh2,200 for Giving Birth At Home

[Nairobi News] Women in a Tanzanian village have made startling revelation of how a government health facility has been fining women who deliver their babies at home. (AllAfrica)

Africa:People Across Africa Have to Travel Far to Get to a Hospital. We Worked Out How Far

[The Conversation Africa] Nearly half of all deaths and about a third of disabilities in low and middle-income countries could be avoided if people had access to emergency care. In Africa the main causes of emergencies are road accidents, obstetric complications, severe illnesses and non-communicable diseases. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Wet Weather Brings Rise in Tick-Related Cattle Deaths in Zimbabwe

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Mutare, Zimbabwe -Changing weather patterns linked to climate change are bringing new pest worries (AllAfrica)

Africa:Scourge of Acid Attacks Which 'Burn Your Skin Off'

[Bhekisisa] In the wake of acid attacks, victims -- often women -- can feel hopeless. Now, women around the world fighting back. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Harare Cholera Death Toll Hits 25 As 700 New Cases Reported

[New Zimbabwe] THE cholera death toll has surged to 25 with four people said to have succumbed to the highly infectious disease on Thursday alone. (AllAfrica)

South Africa:'Fake Food' in South Africa - Myths, Misinformation and Not Enough Data

[The Conversation Africa] Owners of small shops in South Africa - in most cases foreigners - have been accused of stocking counterfeit food and food that's past its sell-by date. The issue has been caught up in xenophobic violence, with shop owners targeted by South Africans . There is very little hard data about what's referred to as "fake food" in both the formal and informal sectors. This means the issue is politically charged and dominated by opinions, not evidence. The Conversation Africa's Ina Skosana asked Jane Battersby-Len (AllAfrica)

Malawi:Medical Council of Malawi Closes Kaporo Rural Hospital

[Nyasa Times] Medical Council of Malawi has closed down Kaporo Rural Hospital in Karonga because it is in dilapidated state and dwindling poor state of sanitation and hygiene. (AllAfrica)

Swaziland:Six Children Die in Swaziland in Diarrhoea Outbreak. Vaccines Short Since Government Has Not Paid Suppliers

[Swazi Media] At least six children in Swaziland died this week from diarrhoea and many more are sick because the government is broke and cannot pay for vaccines. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Chamisa Hails Health Professionals Fighting Against Cholera

[263Chat] Video (AllAfrica)

Liberia:VP Taylor Raps On Challenges ... In Health Sector

[NEWS] Vice President, Jewel Howard-Taylor, has described the USAID-sponsored Maternal &Child Survival Program (MCSP) as essential to tackling some of the health challenges confronting the country's health sector. (AllAfrica)

South Africa:Wolwerivier Gets First Medical Facility Thanks to Swedish Family, Who Lost a Loved One in Cape Town

[News24Wire] A "healing" bond has been forged between the residents of Wolwerivier relocation camp, north of Cape Town, and a family living in the Scandinavian country of Sweden more than 10 000km away, whose son was knocked down and killed a few years ago. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:'Fight Against Cholera Requires a Collective Effort'

[263Chat] The cholera outbreak is a National crisis that requires various stakeholders to work together it's fight Harare City Council Spokesperson,Michael Chideme has said. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Cholera Outbreak Forces University to Postpone Graduation

[New Zimbabwe] THE University of Zimbabwe (UZ) Thursday abruptly suspended its graduation ceremony which was set for this Friday citing the deadly cholera outbreak that has claimed 25 lives and affected nearly 4 000 locals. (AllAfrica)

Africa:Countries Urged to Toughen Laws On Female Genital Mutilation

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -Millions of girls in Africa are at risk of female genital mutilation because their governments are failing to enforce laws banning the internationally condemned practice, campaigners said on Thursday. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Zimbabwe Scales Up HIV, TB Fights As Aids Levy Pays Off

[263Chat] Health (AllAfrica)

Uganda:New Mulago Women's Hospital Opens Next Week

[Monitor] Kampala -The specialised women's hospital opens on Monday with hope that it will decongest Mulago National Referral Hospital, offer first class care for both mothers and their babies as well as reduce referrals abroad. (AllAfrica)

Uganda:New Drug Reduces TB Treatment By 1 Year

[Monitor] Kampala -Patients suffering from multi-drug tuberculosis will be on treatment for only nine months and not nearly two years as it has been, the Ministry of Health has said. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Cholera, Typhoid Bug Harare, Spare Home of Perennial Water Woes Bulawayo

[New Zimbabwe] BULAWAYO's perennial water problems are a public secret but the city has remained a largely free zone from water-borne diseases such as cholera and typhoid. (AllAfrica)

South Africa:Operations Continue At Germiston Mortuary After Staff Go On Strike - Health Dept

[News24Wire] The Gauteng Department of Health says it is prioritising cases at the Germiston mortuary after forensic staff embarked on a strike. (AllAfrica)

Uganda:Mulago Specialized Women and Neonatal Hospital to Start Receiving Patients Next Week

[Monitor] Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda on behalf of government on Thursday officially received the newly constructed Women's hospital at Mulago National Hospital ahead of its opening on Monday. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Addressing Concerns Over Rise in Fake Drugs

[Guardian] The global health challenges caused by poor quality medicines and approaches to achieving quality-assured medicines in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) like Nigeria has remained a huge burden. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:WHO Urges Africans to Scale-Up Manufacturing Medicines Locally

[Leadership] The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged African countries to scale-up local manufacturing of medicines because it contributes to achieving universal health coverage (UHC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which include access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines for all. (AllAfrica)

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