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Kenyan Doctors End Strike But Long Path To Walk For Good Healthcare

The 100-day strike has ended. Doctors in Kenya are now back to work, but question has been raised what are the long-term implications of it on the creaking health service of the country. The strike started with demands to implement a collective bargaining agreement by the government that was signed in 2013 and it ended after more than three months ...

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Former President Jakaya Kikwete Inaugurates JMKF Foundation Aimed In Healthcare, Education

Former President Jakaya Kikwete

Former Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete is looking ahead to do good for his countrymen. He inaugurated his foundation in Dar es Salaam on Monday that is learned to be focusing in healthcare, education, youth and governance sectors. Dubbed as Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete Foundation (JMKF), the newly formed foundation is aimed to serve fellow countrymen. During the launching event Kikwete said, ...

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Kenyan Private Healthcare Doctors Walksout For 48 Hours Protesting Jailing Of Colleagues

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Kenyan doctors from private health care sector to run for an initial 48 hours of walkout from midnight protesting jailing of some of the colleagues for striking at public hospitals. The move is sure to deepen a political crisis for President Uhuru Kenyatta, who faces presidential and parliamentary elections this year in August. According to Kenya Medical Association head Jacqueline ...

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Kenya: Joggers warm up for First Lady’s race

Nairobi, Kenya: First Lady Margaret Kenyatta led Kenyans and friends in training for the First Lady’s Half Marathon slated for March 9 at KICC, Nairobi. First Lady Margaret Kenyatta (in red) leads other participants in a road race during the official launch of the First Lady’s International Half Marathon in Nairobi Sunday. Photo: PSCU Participants included cabinet secretaries, government officials, diplomats and county governors’ spouses. They jogged around Government Square from KICC, along Parliament Road, Harambee Avenue, Taifa Road and back to KICC. The marathon is aimed at raising awareness and funds to increase support for maternal, newborn and child health in all the 47 counties in a campaign dubbed ‘Beyond Zero’. Through the initiative, the First Lady seeks to mobilise resources for purchase of mobile clinics to augment the existing health services and therefore make healthcare accessible to underprivileged Kenyans. Margaret said mothers and children should not be left to die from pneumonia, malaria, diarrhoea, HIV transmitted from their mothers and other avoidable causes. “Too few of us know enough about HIV transmission from mothers to children, or about improving maternal, newborn and child health. If we don’t raise awareness, nothing will change,” she said.

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California gears up for 50 Mile Ride for Rwanda

This year’s 8th edition of the 50 Mile Ride for Rwanda will be held on April 26 in Orange County, California.  According to organisers, over 1000 fun-loving and adventurous mountain bikers are expected to join this year’s event. The Rwanda Ride has three goals: rider fun, rider safety, and to raise money for Rwandan causes.   What began as a 50th birthday ride in 2006 has evolved into one of the largest mountain bike events in Southern California, US. To date, the ride has raised over $430,000 to further the economic development of Rwanda through initiatives based on the bicycle as a tool and symbol of hope. The 50 Mile Ride for Rwanda proceeds go to support of World Bicycle Relief and Team Rwanda Cycling activities.  World Bicycle Relief is transforming individuals and their communities through the Power of Bicycles; they envision a world where distance no longer prevents access to healthcare, education and economic opportunity. The mission of Team Rwanda Cycling is to search for talent to empower, enable and to inspire not just individuals but families, communities and a nation through cycling. With over 130,000 bicycles in the field and more than 800 field mechanics trained, World Bicycle Relief is changing lives across Africa and Southeast Asia. World Bicycle Relief (WBR) has assembly facilities in six African countries and bikes on the ground in 13 countries across Africa and Southeast Asia. This year’s event will start and end at the Oakley World Headquarters in Foothill Ranch, California. Routes could include trails through O’Neill Park, Caspers Park, Tijeras Creek and Arroyo Trabuco.  Event sponsors have already donated over $20,000 in prizes

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Minister Costello calls for urgent response to Central African Republic crisis

DUBLIN, Ireland, January 20, 2014 –Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello T.D., has underlined the need for stronger international action to end the humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic. Irish Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello The Minister was speaking before a High-Level meeting on the crisis taking place in Brussels on Monday morning which brings together representatives from EU member states, neighbouring countries, the UN and NGOs. Minister Costello said: “I recently announced funding of €2 million to the UN to support its efforts to provide the most vulnerable in the Central African Republic with food, water, shelter, healthcare and education. This brings Ireland’s total contribution to the UN’s Common Humanitarian Fund for the Central African Republic since it was established in 2008 to €14 million. “This crisis is affecting the country’s entire population of 4.6 million with 2.2 million people in urgent need of lifesaving emergency assistance. They need the support of the international community not just now but into the future, if we are to prevent the violence of recent months from happening again. “I am gravely concerned at the impact of the violence on children. Children and adults have been victims of killings, disappearances, torture, ill treatment, and sexual violence. I call for all those who have perpetrated acts of violence against civilians and contravened international human rights law to be held accountable without delay.” “Ireland is strongly committed to addressing humanitarian needs in protracted crises. I hope that this meeting will help to focus the efforts of the international community.” The meeting, which brings together a wide range of stakeholders, will hear about the impact of the response to date and the challenges faced by humanitarian agencies. Participants will also discuss key humanitarian priorities for the coming months. Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore T.D., is also in Brussels to attend a meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council at which the crisis in the Central African Republic will be discussed.

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CIC joins case on devolution of healthcare

The Commission on the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) has been allowed to join the case opposing the devolution of health services by the Transition Authority. CIC chairman Charles Nyachae The case seeks the nullification of the gazette notice that allowed the devolution of referral hospitals to the county governments. Wyclffe Gisebe and Okiya Omtata in their petition say an effective referral mechanism in the country was a key element in the delivery of healthcare by the national government. The court enjoined the Charles Nyachae-led commission in the petition. Lawyer Paul Otieno Nyamodi for CIC said there was danger if the commission was not enjoined as an interested party to the proceedings. The petition against the devolution of health services seeks the court’s quashing of Legal Notice No. 137-182 (Kenya Gazette Supplement No. 116), issued by the Transition Authority on  August 9, 2013, in relation to the transfer of county health services. The main petition articulates that there is no referral of primary healthcare anywhere in the world because technically, only curative services are referred. By Kurian Musa, The Standard

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