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The recent exclusion of “Finished Goods” from the foreign exchange RDAS window has created concern across the entire healthcare sector as this development will increase the cost of healthcare commodities by at least 20 %.

The HFN has therefore appealed to the Central Bank and Ministries of Health and Finance to look into ways to ensure that Healthcare commodities and equipment are excluded from the list of “Finished goods” suggesting the model applied with Value Added Tax where healthcare tops the list of the items excluded from this tax structure.

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In line with efforts to create a conducive environment for the Private Health Sector, the HFN represented the Private Health Sector at the recently concluded 2 –day Policy review meeting organized by the Federal Ministry of Health, PPP, Diaspora Unit.

At this meeting, Proposed Policies on Public and Private Partnerships and Investment Incentives for the Healthcare industry were discussed.

PUPLIC-PRIVATE-ADVOCAY-AT-CCMDFTH-MEETINGIn line with the goal of the HFN to support the institution of a revised Public- Private Partnership Policy for the Health Sector, a joint stakeholder group - PPSAGHP called for the support of the Chief Medical Directors And Medical Directors Of Federal Tertiary Hospitals (CCMDFTH) during the recently concluded 2- day CCMDFTH meeting held in Abuja on the 3rd of December 2014.

Screen Shot 2014-11-27 at 2.07.40 AMThe Canadian Government on Tuesday launched $45 million project for enhancing the ability of frontline health workers to improve health in Nigeria.

Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Perry Calderwood stated the project shows Canada’s committed efforts to globally improve maternal,  newborn and child health in Bauchi and Cross River States.

pr328 pic2Yesterday 25th November 2014 started the first two-day meeting of the Technical Experts on the Establishment of the African Medicines Agency at African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The meeting is taking place in a context of a Global Public Health Emergency due to the largest Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak ever, affecting West Africa particularly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and the fact that there are weak and disorganized health systems in most of the African Countries to tackle the potential outbreaks in future.

Screen Shot 2014-11-27 at 1.39.17 AMGSK today launched its first call for proposals for its Africa NCD Open Lab, to support much-needed scientific research into non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Africa. Up to £4m will be available in this first funding round, to support successful proposals from researchers in Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Ghana, The Gambia, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and Malawi. 

The Africa NCD Open Lab was established by GSK earlier this year, with a commitment of £25m funding over five years, as part of a series of strategic investments in sub-Saharan Africa. In this region, and across developing countries, non-communicable diseases, such as cancer and diabetes, are becoming more prevalent, and we need to learn more about how – and why – these diseases manifest differently in this setting.

The Makurdi Federal High Court in Benue state has lifted the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC’s) long ban on Dr Jeremiah Abalaka’s HIV vaccine.

The judgement by the presiding Judge, Justice Binta Nyako will also prevent the federal government and NAFDAC from interfering with the progress of the drug research and use.

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