- Global: Human Rights Council approves resolution on essential medicines – Last month the Human Rights Council of the United Nations approved a resolution on essential medicines, highlighting the responsibility of States to ensure that procurement practices and procedures for medicines are transparent, fair, competitive and non-discriminatory. From the International edition of ehospice.
- Southern Africa: UK focuses on preventing HIV among adolescents in southern Africa – The UK government is to invest £10.7m in researching how to prevent adolescents and prisoners, two of the most vulnerable groups in southern Africa, becoming infected with HIV. From The Guardian.
Elsewhere in the news:
- Global: New HelpAge CEO – HelpAge International, the global network that campaigns for the rights of older people, has announced the appointment of Toby Porter as its new Chief Executive Officer. From HelpAge International website.
- Africa: Abuja +12: African leaders meet to evaluate progress on AIDS, TB and Malaria – African heads of government will meet in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city from 12 to 16 July for the Abuja +12 special summit on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. From Safaids.
- Sierra Leone: Death, dying and palliative care in Sierra Leone – Midwife Noemi Vickers writes for ehospice about the challenges of implementing palliative care in her work in Sierra Leone. From ehospice.
- Tanzania: Two Scottish adventurers run up and down Mount Kilimanjaro in just one day as part of a research programme into distance running – Andrew Murray, who was nominated for a Sunday Mail Our Heroes Award, and Donnie Campbell plan to complete 17 consecutive ultra-marathons in East Africa. The runners are raising money for palliative care work in Kenya. From the Daily Record and Sunday Mail and Euronews.
- Uganda: Microfinance institutions join anti-AIDS campaigns – Microfinance Institutions in Uganda have agreed to support clients infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. From AllAfrica.com.
- Zambia: Train more surgeons, urges First Lady – First Lady Christine Kaseba has called for the training of more surgeons to provide care for women with cervical and breast cancer – From Times of Zambia.
- South Africa: Dr Julia Ambler of Umduduzi wins the Sunday Tribune Lead SA Hero of the Year Award – The Sunday Tribune, one of South Africa’s leading Sunday newspapers, has conferred its first ever ‘Lead Hero of the Year’ award on Dr Julia Ambler, from Umduduzi for providing paediatric palliative care to the children of the greater Durban area of KwaZulu Natal. From ehospice, South Africa edition.
Africa: George’s Story – Two years ago George, a recently retired GP from Cambridge made the decision to spend three months in Africa as a Palliative Care Mentor in Tanzania: an experience that he refers to as ‘life changing’. From the THET website.
- Kenya: Colon cancer stole my husband; Nancy’s story – Losing a loved one to cancer can be a painful experience but as Nancy, a 28-year-old widow explains, hospice care lessens this pain. From ehospice, Kenya edition.
Scholarships and awards
- Read how Egypt has become a medical tourism hub for patients in North Africa and the Middle East – http://africahealthitnews.com/blogs/africa-medical-tourism-improves-mri-market-in-egypt/
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