Tanzania: Dar, Donors Sign 531bn/ – HBF Pact

Tanzania has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with six Development Partners (DPs) on Health Basket Fund (HBF 2015-2025) worth 531bn/- with focus to improve and increase performance of the health sector in the country.
The DPs are Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Switzerland, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
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Gambia: On Drug Safety Monitoring Systems in SMC Implementation Areas

Ensuring safety of drugs is a paramount principle of public health and a moral requirement for all organizations and individuals involved in public health interventions.
Establishing robust monitoring systems to quickly identify and manage adverse events and to demonstrate the safety of SP+AQ is crucial for the long term involvement of all actors involved in the implementation of ACCESS-SMC: communities, governments, donors, and manufacturers.
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South Africa: New Medical Vehicles to Boost NW Health

Pretoria — Fifty medical vehicles have been distributed to health service points in four districts of the North West to boost health care service delivery.
The North West Department of Health on Tuesday said this is in response to the increasing demand for emergency medical vehicles in the province.
Department MEC Dr Magome Masike recently officiated the distribution at the North West Emergency Medical Rescue Service (EMRS) College, in Orkney.
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Liberia: Uniboa to Build Highway Maternal Waiting House in Kayah

The Union of Bassa Organizations in the Americas (UNIBOA) is to construct a three-bedroom maternal waiting house in Geedeh Town, Kayah District in Central Rivercess to ease the high rate of maternity mortality in the county.

Citizens of Geedeh Town have made available two plots of land for the US$25,000 project geared to serving 42 towns in the district when completed, according to Arthur Garbla, a member of the Board of Directors of UNIBOA.

Making the disclosure to the Liberia News Agency in Geedeh Town Sunday, Garbla said the project is in response to a communication the union received from citizens of the district informing it of the high rate of maternity mortality in the area.

He said plans are also underway to revamp the Kayah Community Clinic which caters to the 42 towns by providing medical drugs and other accessories for the upkeep of the clinic.

Garbla said “the construction will commence soon to cater to pregnant women when they reach eight months at which time patients will be treated and fed until delivery.”

UNIBOA consists of 13 chapters in the United States with over 100,000 members and Michael George has been named as Coordinator for Liberia and the group is presently operating in Margibi, Montserrado, Rivercess and Grand Bassa counties.

Source : allafrica.com

Canberra company launches flying doctor service in west Africa

Canberra-based company Aspen Medical will launch a commercial flying doctor service in West Africa next month as it plans for a future beyond Ebola treatment.
The company, which was the only organisation to be contracted by three separate governments to treat the epidemic, is hopeful it will support rebuilding communities.
Its plane is expected to arrive in Sierra Leone’s capital Monrovia in coming weeks and the evacuation service will be available to calls from Liberia, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana.
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AfroCentric, FICO partner to offer payment integrity platform to reduce healthcare fraud in South Africa

The AfroCentric Health Group (AfroCentric) and global analytics software firm FICO today announced a strategic partnership that establishes the South African healthcare industry’s leading fraud management solution. AfroCentric’s healthcare IT services subsidiary, Helios IT Solutions (Helios ITS), and FICO now offer this fraud management and payment integrity platform to all medical schemes in South Africa.
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