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May 6, 2019

TOBACCO COMPANY PHILIP MORRIS STARTS LIFE INSURANCE FIRM THAT OFFERS DISCOUNTS TO SMOKERS WHO QUIT

Called Reviti, the wholly owned subsidiary will initially sell life insurance in the U.K. with plans to expand into more markets overseas. Smokers will receive discounts if they stop, quit or switch to a possibly less carcinogenic product, like Philip Morris’ vaping devices.

On average, people who switch to e-cigarettes will receive a 2.5% discount on premiums, people who switch to Philip Morris’ heated tobacco product iQOS for three months will receive a 25% discount, and people who quit smoking for at least a year will receive a 50% discount, the company said. Premiums for a 20-year-old nonsmoker run about £5 ($6.47) per month for a life insurance policy that pays £150,000 [...]

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May 6, 2019

STEELMAKING RESTARTS AT TATA’S PORT TALBOT WORKS AFTER EXPLOSION

Production has returned to normal at one of the UK’s largest steelworks, where two workers were injured following a large explosion.

An investigation into the cause of the incident at Tata Steel’s integrated works at Port Talbot in the early hours of Friday is under way after the outbreak of fires caused by molten metal coming into contact with cold water on a railway track.

The explosion and fire, which could be heard up to 15 miles away, lit up the nearby town in south Wales and caused residents’ houses to shake. Some feared a repeat of the tragedy in 2001 in which three men died.

Stephen Davies, a Unite union representative for the site, said the two injured [...]

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May 3, 2019

KENYAN HOSPITAL OPENS HUMAN MILK BANK – A RARITY IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

How long has it taken to open? What were the biggest obstacles?

The process of establishment of human milk banking in Kenya started in 2016. It was spearheaded by the NGO PATH, in partnership with APHRC and Kenya’s Ministry of Health, among other partners. It was rolled out in two phases.

During phase one we assessed people’s perceptions and acceptability of using donated human milk. We also looked at how feasible it would be to set a bank up. The results were encouraging. About 90% of participants were positive about it, 80% would donate their breast milk, and about 60% indicated that they would allow their children to be fed with donated human milk.

A committee [...]

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May 3, 2019

VACCINE DRONE DELIVERY SERVICE TAKES OFF IN GHANA

The Zipline drone network will be integrated into the national healthcare supply chain in Ghana and will help prevent vaccine stockouts in health facilities as well as during national immunisation campaigns. Logistics will be managed through the California-based automated logistics company’s hardware and software systems in each of the distribution centres, and deliveries will take place at hospitals and health clinics. UPS will provide technical guidance and consultancy services as needed, in consultation with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and collaboratively with Zipline.

No one left behind

“The ability of the government to supplement routine immunisation on demand [...]

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