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Malaria 'spreading to new altitudes'

Malaria 'spreading to new altitudes' | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Warmer temperatures are causing malaria to spread in the African and South American highlands, traditionally havens from the disease, scientists say.
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Belgium minister tours mental health facility

Belgium minister tours mental health facility | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
The Belgian minister for development co-operation, Jean-Pascal Labille, has visited Ndera Neuro-psychiatric Hospital to assess his government’s contribution to national efforts to boost mental health facilities.
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Is Free Care Good for Health?

A recent article shows that removing fees for health care in rural Ghana has no impact on health.  These results are strikingly similar to another recent study that found expanding the US Medicaid insurance program in Oregon also had no impact on physical health (my colleague Victoria Fan and I even wrote a similarly-titled blog about it here – Déjà vu!)
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Renouveler la stratégie du district sanitaire pour faire avancer la Couverture Sanitaire Universelle en Afrique

Renouveler la stratégie du district sanitaire pour faire avancer la Couverture Sanitaire Universelle en Afrique | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Dans ce billet de blog, Bruno Meessen (IMT Anvers et membre du comité organisateur de la conference régionale de Dakar) présente le rapport final de la conférence consacrée à la stratégie du district de santé en Afrique. -

Du 21 au 23 octobre, environ 20 délégations de pays et 170 experts – des directeurs de district, des directeurs nationaux, des chercheurs, des assistants techniques et des entrepreneurs sociaux – se sont retrouvés à Dakar pour une conférence régionale intitulée « Les districts sanitaires en Afrique :  Progrès et perspectives 25 ans après la déclaration d’Harare ». L’événement était organisé par la Communauté de Pratique « Prestation des Services de Santé » de l’Harmonisation pour la Santé en Afrique, en collaboration avec l’UNICEF, l’OOAS, l’OMS, la plateforme Be-Cause Health, le Ministère de la Santé et de l’Action Sociale du Sénégal et l’Institut de Médecine Tropicale, avec le soutien financier de la Coopération Belge au Développement et le Fond Français Muskoka.

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Resuscitating investment in neglected tropical diseases

Resuscitating investment in neglected tropical diseases | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
While investment in diseases like malaria is growing, funding for NTD cures is drying up. Collaboration between researchers and industry will be key to bucking the trend
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Noerine Kaleeba: ‘Ik ben niet gefixeerd op een stukje voorhuid’

Noerine Kaleeba: ‘Ik ben niet gefixeerd op een stukje voorhuid’ | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
'Iedereen is voortdurend op zoek naar een mogelijkheid om het niet over aids te moeten hebben', zegt Noerine Kaleeba, een Oegandese veterane in de strijd voor betere behandeling, zorg en preventie.
BTC's insight:

Begin december was Noerine in Brussel op uitnodiging van BTC voor een seminarie over het belang van hiv-preventie en  over de moeilijkheden om marginalisering en stigmatisering van mensen met hiv/aids tegen te gaan.

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Innovate or die: what it takes to transform global health

Innovate or die: what it takes to transform global health | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Social entrepreneurs are changing the lives of millions in the developing world, but it is often a lonely and frustrating journey. Ken Banks shares his tips for success for would-be innovators
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Private healthcare in Africa: A middle way?

Private healthcare in Africa: A middle way? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Waiting for the state-paid doctor SITTING in the shade outside the Avenue hospital in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, Stephen Ombedho plays on his smartphone while his wife is inside being treated for a chest infection. After three years of private health insurance, he is still getting used to the perk. But he remembers the wait at public hospitals, where the queuing can be measured in days.
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Rwanda: Belgian Aid to Health Sector Continues

Rwanda: Belgian Aid to Health Sector Continues | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

The Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC) requests the beneficiaries of their strategic health development plan (PAPSDSK) to keep medical equipment given to them and incorporate them in their planning for safer maintenance.

The institutional support program, started in 2009, has a budget of over €15 million focused on building health centers in the three districts of the City of Kigali and supporting health care in existing health facilities in the city through provision of medical equipment.Health centers built under the program are Kanyinya and Mageragere health centers in Nyarugenge district, Remera health center in Gasabo district, as well as Gatenga in Kicukiro district. The cost of health center equipment is over Frw 4.2 billion.

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Buoyed by four new health centres, Kigali looks to quality healthcare - BTC Rwanda

Buoyed by four new health centres, Kigali looks to quality healthcare - BTC Rwanda | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Four health centres recently  constructed in the three districts of the City of Kigali will help increase access to health care.

The health centers, Remera in Gasabo District, Gatenga in Kicukiro District, Kanyinya and Mageragere both in Nyarugenge District, were constructed at the tune of Rwf13.6 billion.

The Mayor of the City of Kigali, Fidele Ndayisaba, together with the Ambassador of Belgium to Rwanda, Marc Pecsteen, officially inaugurated the facilities on Thursday. Belgium funded the construction of the facilities.

Dr. Uzziel Ndagijimana, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health said the four health centres have the capacity to serve up to 300,000 people all together.

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Only public funding can guarantee universal health coverage

Only public funding can guarantee universal health coverage | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Rob Yates: Compulsory public financing is the best way to ensure universal and fair healthcare in developing countries, research shows
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Results-Based Financing: A Proven Model for Better Maternal and Child Health

Results-Based Financing: A Proven Model for Better Maternal and Child Health | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Today, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim announced US$700 million in new IDA funding for the scale-up of results-based financing (RBF) pro­grams to help save more women and children’s lives, an endorsement of the idea that the RBF approach is an opportunity to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5—reducing child mortality and improving maternal health.

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More Health for the Money: Putting Incentives to Work for the Global Fund and Its Partners

More Health for the Money: Putting Incentives to Work for the Global Fund and Its Partners | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Foreign assistance for health reached $28.2 billion in 2010, driven largely by funds to combat AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Funding has since leveled off but the need for live-saving services and products has not, leaving governments and global health funders with the imperative to do more with existing resources.

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Crowdsourcing Feedback to Improve Healthcare Systems

Crowdsourcing Feedback to Improve Healthcare Systems | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Co-authored by: Yvonne Nkrumah and Julia Mensah (WBIHS) “Technology made large populations possible; large populations now make technology indispensable” These words by renowned American writer, Joseph Wood Krutch, are true today as they were more than 40 years ago. From communities in Bangalore, India to Soroti, Uganda, citizens—even in rural communities—are leveraging the power of technology to provide critical information on service delivery, an essential input for reform. In August 2013, the World Bank Group partnered with UNICEF Uganda and the Medicines Transparency Alliance (Uganda), to leverage two platforms – U-report (http://ureport.ug/) and mTrac (http://www.mtrac.ug). The use of these SMS-based platforms helped generate real-time information from both citizens and health providers, providing critical evidence on service delivery.
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No universal health coverage without strong local health systems

No universal health coverage without strong local health systems | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
... in collaboration with UNICEF, WHO, WAHO, Be-Cause Health, the Ministry of Health of Senegal and ITM, with the financial support of the Belgian Development Cooperation and the French Muskoka Community Foundation.
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Will saving poor children lead to overpopulation?

Hans Rosling explains a very common misunderstanding about the world. CC by www.gapminder.org
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Senegal, women first - Le Monde Diplomatique

Senegal, women first - Le Monde Diplomatique | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Senegal, classed as one of the poorest countries, adopted universal health coverage on 20 September 2013. With the support of various associations, it should usher in free treatment for the most vulnerable, especially rural, populations

 

The Belgian Development Agency (CTB) and some Muslim mutuals have, however, found ways to attract subscribers. The CTB has expanded the range of services available at health centres in the Kaffrine and Fatick districts. Muslim organisations have raised the proportion of the costs they pay for hospital stays, caesarean sections and generic medicines. They have also negotiated agreements with many institutions. Religious organisations’ fees are generally affordable, at between 300 and 1,000 CFA francs ($0.60 and $2) per person per month. Over and above subscriptions, contributions from Muslim organisations and donations from the faithful provide working capital, however modest, to reimburse healthcare providers. But because these improvements are localised and relatively rare, the community health mutuals only attract 6% of Senegal’s population overall and few have more than 300 members.

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Négociations cruciales aux Nations unies

Négociations cruciales aux Nations unies | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Comment améliorer les Objectifs du millénaire pour le développement en matière de santé ?  Pour un nombre croissant d’Etats, l’une des solutions réside dans l’accès universel aux soins.

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The mHealth Planning Guide: Key Considerations for Integrating Mobile Technology into Health Programs

The mHealth Planning Guide: Key Considerations for Integrating Mobile Technology into Health Programs | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Over the past decade, mobile health, or mHealth, has emerged as a cutting-edge tool for expanding access to health information and services around the world. mHealth uses mobile and wireless technologies, such as mobile phones, patient monitoring devices, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and mobile software applications (apps), to achieve health objectives.

Why are a growing number of health programs—and even district and national health systems—turning to these technologies to support their efforts? There are many good reasons to consider using mHealth tools to improve public health. In fact, there are billions of reasons…as in billions of mobile phone users, including some of the poorest people in the world, living in the most difficult settings. Many of these mobile phone users are health workers and their clients who face a range of barriers to accessing health information and services. Sometimes characterized as “underserved” or “marginalized,” there is one way these populations have already been reached—by mobile telecommunications carriers. 

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Le Dr Mukwege, infatigable défenseur des femmes violées en RDC, lauréat de la Fondation Chirac

Le Dr Mukwege, infatigable défenseur des femmes violées en RDC, lauréat de la Fondation Chirac | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Le Prix de la Fondation Chirac revient à ce médecin parti en croisade contre les "viols de guerre", cette arme de destruction massivement utilisée par des groupes armées dans le Kivu.
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Reynders inaugure la section néonatalogie d'un hôpital de Bethléem

Reynders inaugure la section néonatalogie d'un hôpital de Bethléem | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
(Belga) Le ministre belge des Affaires étrangères, Didier Reynders, a inauguré dimanche matin la nouvelle section de néonatalogie de l'hôpital de la Sainte Famille à Bethléem (Cisjordanie).Ce département du centre hospitalier a été financé grâce à la coopération belge.
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Child marriage could trigger surge in Africa's under-15s pregnancy rate – UN

Child marriage could trigger surge in Africa's under-15s pregnancy rate – UN | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
UN population survey predicts steep climb in young girls giving birth in sub-Saharan Africa unless child marriage is banned
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Health insurance schemes are leaving the poor behind | Oxfam GB | Policy & Practice

Health insurance schemes are leaving the poor behind | Oxfam GB | Policy & Practice | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
In a new report published today, Oxfam is warning that health insurance schemes introduced in the name of universal health coverage (UHC) are excluding the majority of people and leaving the poor behind.
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Human Resources for Health (HRH): the Belgian Charter

Crisis – welke crisis ? Het zal je maar overkomen, ziek worden in Afrika. Daar sta je dan, in die vreselijke realiteit. Afrika draagt 24 % van de ziektelast van de hele wereld, en heeft maar 3 % van de gezondheidswerkers ter beschikking. En alsof dat nog niet genoeg is : slechts 1 % van de beschikbare middelen voor gezondheid bevindt zich in Afrika.[1]

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A wholesale approach to policymaking is the key to tackling inequality

A wholesale approach to policymaking is the key to tackling inequality | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Angel Gurria: Poor and rich countries alike must recognise that inequality goes beyond income, encompassing health, education and more
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