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The long awaited National Health Insurance (NHI) White Paper was released on Friday, 11 December 2015, on the eve of International Universal Health Coverage Day. Principles for improving access to and the quality of health services are laid out. The Paper, which is being scrutinized by multiple stakeholders and organisations advocating for the right to health has both strengths and weaknesses. Read the full article...
There are growing calls within public health for researchers and practitioners working to improve and protect the public’s health to become more involved in politics and advocacy. Such a move takes practitioners and researchers beyond the traditional, evidence-based public health paradigm, raising potential dilemmas and risks for those who undertake such work. Drawing on the example of the People’s Health Movement,...
August 2015 -- In this issue:Seminar on Health Ethics Seminar on Good Governance and Health; Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne appointed Civil Society Representative to the Constitutional Council; Seminar on Chronic Kidney Disease (CDK); Seminar on Access to Medicine; Open letter to Dr. Rajitha Senaratna: There is a medical mafia in operation.Download the newsletter HERE.
         PHM-USA stands with MSF in aftermath of Kunduz hospital airstrikes The People’s Health Movement-USA strongly condemns the bombing of a Doctor’s Without Borders (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. The airstrikes, which reportedly lasted for about one and one-half hours in the early morning of Saturday, October 3rd, killed 12 staff members and 10...
Agriculture Non-State Actors Forum Call for food sufficiencySpeaking in Dar es Salaam, Agriculture Non-State Actors Forum (ANSAF) Executive Secretary, Audax Rukonge urged that the outstanding performance be maintained, adding that with a growing population to feed and expanding economies in the region Tanzania must be more competitive. Read More… HIV/AIDS terrorize manpower sustainability at Dar portTHE Dar es...
President Kikwete has chaired the UN High Level Panel on Global Response to Health CrisesCHAIRMAN of the UN High Level Panel on Global Response to Health Crises, President Jakaya Kikwete, has led a consultative session in New York shortly after arriving in the United States of America (USA). Read more here , here and here 17 years Old Tanzanian Girl wins a trip to UN General AssemblyA 17-YEAR old girl aspiring...
 Political Party Candidates pledge on better health services in TanzaniaAs the 2015 General election campaign continues, many party candidates have shown their interest of improving health services in Tanzania. Read More and here TFDA has punished violators of sanitation and safetyThe Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) has closedown two abattoirs operated by the Kahama District Council citing...
The MDGs Countdown Report shows insufficient progress on maternal deaths in TanzaniaTanzania Ranks 27th for being unsafe place for mothers to give birth with a mortality ratio of 410 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. Read More… 15 Schools and over 10,700 community members to benefit from Nutritional Initiative in KilimanjaroOver 4,500 school children will benefit from this initiative and the community...
Social Media in the move to encourage Family Planning in TanzaniaTraining has been organized to Community Health Workers (CHWs) and health service providers in Kigoma region of Tanzania. The objective of this was to help them learn how to harness the power of social media in maternal health initiatives at the community level. Read More… Urgent Call for Media support on advocacy to Sexual and Reproductive Health...
Tanzania government response to Cholera outbreak in Dar es Salaam CityThe government has banned the selling of food and water in the plastic bags in the streets of Dar es Salaam. This is part of its efforts to control the cholera outbreak that has so far perished at least four (4) people. Regional Commissioner Said Meck Sadick said roadside food vendors and people selling water in plastic bags are at serious risks...

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