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SUNS # 9742 Wednesday 15 March 2023

Trade : South Africa elicits responses from 35 JSI members on services DR (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
South Africa held a meeting on 10 March with 35 countries, including the United States and the European Union, to elicit replies to its objections over their schedules of specific commitments concerning domestic regulation (DR) in services as part of their plurilateral Joint Statement Initiative (JSI), said people familiar with the discussions.

Pakistan : Free healthcare insurance benefits women, the poor (PRIV)
(IPS, Peshawar)
A free health insurance initiative started in Pakistan has benefited poor patients, especially women who have outnumbered men in using the cashless health services under the Sehat Card Plus programme.

Uganda : Next Ebola outbreak "not a matter of if, but when" (PRIV)
(IPS, Kampala)
It is two months since the World Health Organization declared Uganda free of the most recent Sudan ebola virus, which killed 55 people.

UN : Gender-responsive approach to technology, innovation will ensure progress (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
Promoting gender equality in technology and digital spaces is at the core of the UN's observance of International Women's Day (IWD) as UN senior officials call on the world to take concrete action against ingrained gender biases.

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