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The First National Non-Communicable Diseases Forum Sets a New National Agenda
Posted in General, Health Financing by atia on August 29th, 2011

Acknowledging the importance of equitable access to quality and comprehensive care for people with or at risk of NCDs Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o the Minister for Medical Services concluded the three day forum (24-26August 2011) with a promise that the Government of Kenya will focus its attention on NCDs.

Kenya is Setting the Agenda in the Fight Against Non-Communicable Diseases
Posted in Conferences/Workshops, General, Health Financing by Olivia Okech on August 23rd, 2011

The Global threat of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) also referred to life-style diseases is becoming real for Kenya after the Prime Minister called for mainstreaming of NCD into the national strategic plans. Speaking during the launch of the first National Forum on Non-Communicable Diseases in Nairobi on August 23, 2011, the Prime Minister also urged Kenyans [...]

Health Ministries Forge Way Forward on Healthcare
Posted in Policy by Ernesto Lembcke on August 23rd, 2011

The need for more public participation in implementing the Constitution within the health sector, particularly in decentralization of resources, has been identified as one of the gaps in two key documents in the sector, the Draft Position Paper and the National Health Policy Framework. The two ministries of health released the draft documents to health [...]

Study Finds lack of Medical and Legal Linkages in Addressing Gender Based Violence
Posted in Conferences/Workshops, FGM & Gender, General by Rukia Yassin on August 22nd, 2011

The need to come up with sustainable models of financing GBV medical and legal services was touted as a key recommendation of a study validation workshop on GBV. The study commissioned by the GIZ Good Governance Programme also recommended the need to push the Ministry of Medical Services to ensure gazettment of the Post Rape Care Form which [...]

Book Review: From Social Silence To Social Science: Same-sex sexuality, HIV & Gender in South Africa
Posted in General by Olivia Okech on August 19th, 2011

This book published in 2009 draws together essays from South African psychology, medical and social science scholars as well as the Sexual and Gender minority Rights activists. It traces the history of same-sex sexuality and HIV in South Africa but also places it within the broader global discourse of same-sex sexuality and HIV. Contributors however [...]

E-Learning Course: Health and Human Rights
Posted in Course Announcements, Dates to note, Human Rights by Rukia Yassin on August 19th, 2011

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights holds that every person has the right to health, including healthcare. This is enshrined into the World Health Organization (WHO) Constitution which states that, “The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being…”Governments in various parts of the world [...]

German Federal Minister Visits Biafra Clinic
Posted in FGM & Gender, Health Financing by Humboldt on August 18th, 2011

While Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation Dirk Niebel visited the drought-affected areas in Kenya and Daadab, a press-delegation went to Eastleigh in Nairobi to gather more information on Germany’s interventions in Kenya.

Improving Access to Healthcare through a Stable Health Financing System
Posted in Health Financing by atia on August 16th, 2011

Lack of “accessibility” either due to costs, asymmetric information or simply physical accessibility of health care facilities has been identified as the major constraint in the Kenyan Health System, National Health Sector Strategic Plan (2008 -2012). The Plan was right to define this as the key impediment to improvement in its health system. This is evident [...]

Germany Boosts Kenya’s Efforts to Mitigate Drought in the Country
Posted in General by natascha on August 16th, 2011

The German Development Cooperation has reaffirmed it’s financial commitment to fighting drought in Kenya.The German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dirk Niebel met President Mwai Kibaki on 15th August announcing Germany’s pledge of over Ksh. 15 Billion to fight drought in the affected region (Horn of Africa). Kenya will receive Ksh. 7 Billion out of the grant [...]

GIZ Conducts a Study on Costing of Palliative Care in Kenya
Posted in Health Financing, Human Rights by Olivia Okech on August 11th, 2011

A report on palliative care in the country released by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) last year titled Needless Pain: Government Failure to Provide Palliative Care for Children in Kenya  indicates that Kenyan children in acute and chronic pain suffer needlessly because of government policies that restrict access to inexpensive pain medicines – like morphine, a [...]

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