Etihad Airways opens advanced aviation clinic for employees

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, opened the doors to a new world-class medical facility in Abu Dhabi for its employees. The complex includes an aviation clinic, employee visa medical centre, as well as an Emirates ID centre.
Located at Etihad Plaza in Khalifa City, the facility will allow the airline’s 23,800 UAE-based employees access to a modern, comfortable and exclusive environment near its head office complex.
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Nigerian leaders for US Africa business summit in Ethiopia

A summit being organized by The Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) to promote business and investment between the United States and the nations of Africa will hold in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from February 1 to 4, 2016.
According to a statement, top Nigerian business leaders are expected to participate in the CCA’s U.S.-Africa Business Summit. Confirmed speakers include the Chief Executive Officer of Zenith Bank, Peter Amangbo; Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Oscar N. Onyema; Chief Executive Officer of Seplat Petroleum, Austin Avuru and the Co-Founder, AACE Foods, Ndidi Nwuneli.
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Tanzania: Govt Registers 10,000 Herbalists Official Says

Dar es Salaam — At least 10,000 out of the 75,000 traditional herbalists and alternative health practitioners estimated to operate in the country had been registered by the government until the end of the year.
The Registrar of the Alternative Health Practices Council of Tanzania (AHPCT), Ms Mboni Bakari, said yesterday that some 400 herbalists have also submitted their registration forms following the recent government directive to all healers do so.
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Nigeria to build 10,000 new health centres

Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has said that the Federal Government plans to build 10,000 primary health centres in 774 local government areas to make medical care available to more Nigerians and decongest tertiary health institutions,
Speaking at the inauguration of 12 projects executed and completed by its Chief Medical Director, Dr. Majekodunmi Ayodele at Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti (FETHI), Adewole said that over 60 million indigent citizens would be given access to quality healthcare delivery within the next two years under the health agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari.
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Afreximbank selects Nigeria for healthcare rollout

The President of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), Dr. Benedict Oramah, has announced that Nigeria has been selected as one of three countries for the initial rollout of its new programme aimed at improving healthcare delivery in Africa.A statement by Afreximbank on Wednesday said that Dr. Oramah told a delegation from the Nigerian Embassy in Cairo that the programme, which is being implemented in collaboration with United Kingdom-based Kings College Hospital Management Limited, would also be rolled out in Ghana and Kenya.
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Liberia: International Monetary Fund Increases Funding to Liberia

The International Monetary Fund is to release US$10.2 million to support the economy of Liberia following the Ebola virus outbreak and the decline in global commodity prices.
This next payment will bring the total of financing supplied to Liberia to $95.8m under a funding arrangement signed in 2012, which includes $44.7m to help the country meet urgent fiscal needs resulting from the Ebola epidemic.
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MPP signs licensing agreement with AbbVie to address future demands for HIV treatment in Africa

MPP, AbbVie and South African Department of Health work together to establish long-term solutions for antiretroviral therapies (ARVs)
The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) today announced a new licensing agreement with AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, that seeks to address future demands for HIV treatment Lopinavir/Ritonavir (LPV/r) in South Africa and across Africa. The agreement has been reached in particular to help ensure sustainability of long-term supply of LPV/r, the most widely used second-line HIV treatment in South Africa and across Africa.
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South Africa moves towards National Health Insurance

South African Health Minister Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi has publicly presented a National Health Insurance (NHI) white paper. The plan, already approved by South Africa’s cabinet ministers, aims to achieve health coverage for all South Africans. The establishment of the NHI Fund, financed by mandatory contributions from all citizens and permanent residents, means those in need will be able to purchase services from public and private health providers, guaranteeing access for all citizens and permanent residents without further payment. The plan will also set new limits on the services private medical insurers can provide.Continue reading

Pan-African standard to manage research funds planned

A new body started this year with the ambition to raise the quality and quantity of Africa’s research output, the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa or AESA, is launching a new initiative to develop continental standards and transparency in managing donor research funds in universities, research institutions and governments.
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