Nigeria: Jonathan finally signs National Health Bill into law


The Act will establish a basic health care fund through deduction of an additional one per cent of Nigeria’s Consolidated Revenue Account (CRA) for primary health care. This is in addition to the expected counterpart funding contribution from the states and local government areas.

Nigeria: National Health Bill: Stakeholders Advocate Urgent Presidential Assent


“Nigeria in getting this bill assented to will be in line with its commitment to the Africa Health Strategy 2007-2015 adopted in Abuja in 2007 and the Maputo Plan of Action on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights” the groups added.

Launch of African Health Stats website

The site is the brainchild of the African Union Commission’s Department of Social Affairs, and provides reliable data on the progress made by members towards their Maputo Plan of Action and Abuja Call commitments.

Wellbeing Foundation Africa Calls for Increased Investment in Midwives at State of the World’s Midwifery 2014 Launch


the Wellbeing Foundation Africa continues to reiterate the need for increased investment in the training and continuous development of midwives in order to save the lives of the thousands of Nigerian women who die annually from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.

India: All beds in Bengal govt hospitals to be free


In a bid to make treatment of diseases affordable for the poor, all beds in government hospitals in West Bengal were being turned into free, chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Wednesday.

Nigeria in last minute move to meet health-related MDG target


Although Nigeria has made some progress in reducing child mortality, the country is behind the 2015 target of 30.3 deaths per 1000 live births as against 61 deaths per 1,000 live births Nigeria recorded in 2012.

Ebola may change how aid is spent on healthcare in Africa

Nigeria, Guinea, Liberia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone

Experts are now debating whether the funding balance needs to be adjusted to concentrate more on building general health systems in poor countries so they can withstand health crises like Ebola.

What’s behind the high rate of infant deaths in the U.S.

United States of America

Researchers pointed to such factors as gestational age and birth weight in proposing that health is the main driver of infant deaths in the U.S.

Development Partners Commit to a Global Financing Facility to Advance Women’s and Children’s Health


The meeting saw partners commit resources to the global efforts to improve maternal and child health, including the Global Financing Facility, which will prioritise investment in the health of women and children.

Bihar CM leads Political Conclave to end newborn deaths, with Save the Children


Save the Children hosted a political conclave – on the theme ‘No Child Born to Die’ — with elected representatives and political leaders from Bihar in the state capital.