Meeting Africa's universal health challenge

File photo©OBED ZILWA/AP/SIPAThe right to health is a basic human right, one that depends on access to timely and affordable health care of appropriate quality. Yet, we know that approximately 100 million people globally are needlessly pushed into poverty every year as a result of costly health care expenditure.

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Malnutrition costs Ghana economy $2, 6 billion annually

File photo©Matthew Abbott/AP/SIPAGhana loses $2, 6 billion annually due to problems associated with poor nutrition in children, a United Nations report has revealed.

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Health: Mosquito factory in China targets Zika, Malaria

A researcher releases male mosquitos on Shazai Island which has a field studio of Sun Yat-Sen University-Michigan State University Joint Center of Vector Control for Tropical Disease, the world's largest Mosquito-borne diseases are responsible for more than one million deaths worldwide every year and Zika has become a concern for athletes at this year's Olympic Games.

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Uganda: Cancer uptick attributed to eating food prepared with transformer oil

File photo©Matthew Mead/AP/SIPAHealth experts and politicians claim the rise in cancer cases in Uganda is due people eating food cooked with stolen electricity transformer oil.

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Unicef urges Uganda to reduce child deaths

Photo©Stephen Wandera/AP/SIPAThe United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has urged Uganda to invest in its poorest communities to reduce the deaths of children under the age of five as a way of achieving the world's sustainable development goals.

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Ghana's GDP grows by 5.9 percent

Photo©ReutersGhana's gross domestic product grew by 5.9 percent last year driven by huge investments in health, education and provision of water, the International Monetary Fund has said.

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Uganda: Poor grain storage causing cancer

The head of a top agricultural organisation has warned Ugandans that poorly stored grain may expose them to cancer.

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Ghana: UNICEF improves child nutrition

File photo©ReutersBold interventions launched by the United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in one of Ghana's poorest regions, Volta, has significantly reduced stunted growth incidents and improved nutrition among children and pregnant women, health officials reported.

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Uganda hit by rift valley fever

The Western Uganda region has been hit by an outbreak of the deadly Rift Valley fever, health officials have warned.

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Pharmaceuticals: Pills for the Ethiopian populace

Pharmaceutical manufacturing in Ethiopia has the potential to provide hundreds more with jobs. Photo©Xinhua/Zuma/REAThe medical manufacturing industry, which still only accounts for about 15% of the local market, is the focus of a government drive for investment.

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Zimbabwe's economy weighed down by policies

Zimbabwe's economic growth will continue to be weighed down by lack of policy clarity despite government's recent moves to tone down its empowerment laws, the World Bank has warned.

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Health: New malaria threats call for extra vigilance

As Guinea entered the final countdown to be classed Ebola-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in late 2015, scientists were already warning of new threats to the continent's fragile healthcare systems.

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Libya demands state of emergency status from World Health Organisation

A view shows debris in a room at a children's hospital, which was damaged in unknown shelling in Benghazi, Libya April 29, 2015. Photo©ReutersLibya's health minister has requested the World Health Organisation (WHO) to declare a state of emergency in the North African country, as 60 to 70 per cent of the country's hospitals have closed, due to lack of funds to purchase medicine.

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Uganda MPs mull legalising prostitution to curb sexual offence rates

Ugandan legislators are spilt down the middle over the legalisation of prostitution, as they debate the Sexual Offences Amendment Bill, which seeks to curb the high sexual offence rates.

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Ghana sees economic revival after IMF bailout

Seth Terkper, Ghana's Finance MinisterGhana's Finance minister Seth Terkper on Friday lauded the government's home-grown policy couched under the International Monetary Fund (IMF) extended facility of $918 million that is meant to stabilise the economy.

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Liberia: Land rights to cement Sirleaf's legacy

Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Photo©ReutersIn Liberia, many rural communities are on edge as encroaching economic development projects that force families off their land continue to worry the countryside. But this could pave the way for the West African country to address the emotive land tenure issue and empower its people.

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Ethiopia makes strides in human development goals, but more work needed

Ethiopia has made significant progress in transforming the lives of its people in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) but still faces a lot of challenges in meeting the targets, United Nations officials have said.

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Uganda's anti-smoking law causes confusion

Uganda's tough anti-smoking legislation passed months ago has hardly changed habits in the east African country much to the frustration of the chagrin of frustrated activists.

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Ethiopia braces for effects of El Nino

At least 8.2 million Ethiopians are in need of food aid, the government and donor agencies said, as the country braces for the effects of the El Nino weather phenomenon.

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M&A: South Africa's Mediclinic to buy UAE's Al Noor Hospitals

Photo©ReutersSouth Africa's Mediclinic Intl on Wednesday agreed to buy United Arab Emirates' Al Noor Hospitals Group, beating out rival NMC Health.

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