Health-care provision in KwaZulu-Natal is approaching crisis with understaffing resulting in nurses looking after up to 69 patients each. Chronic under-funding continues to plague the provincial health department, forcing the already strapped department to freeze critical posts.
Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has upped the ante in her battle with the private healthcare sector to control the spiralling costs of health and medicines by rejecting suggestions that she was the minister of public health and should only focus on that sector.
No blood transfusions have been linked to HIV infections since more sophisticated testing started more than two years ago, says the South African National Blood Service.
Aggressive programmes to treat HIV-positive people using highly active antiretroviral therapy could reduce the number of new HIV cases by as much as 60 percent, according to a study published on Tuesday in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, Toronto's Globe and Mail reports.
HIV/AIDS funding to low- and middle-income countries reached a record level in 2007, according to a new report by UNAIDS.
Failure to properly manage HIV/AIDS strategies for employees has led to some workplace programmes being closed down because audits have revealed unacceptable costs.
Medical aid coverage is lowest among black South Africans, with only 7,4% of individuals covered, and highest in the white population, with a 66,5% coverage, Statistics SA said on Thursday.
The Global Business Coalition (GBC) against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria has recognised coal miner Xstrata, Standard Bank and Telkom for their efforts to combat HIV among their workers, underscoring the growing role played by the private sector in fighting the disease.
A 2006 study by the Joint Economic AIDS and Poverty Programme revealed that business owners regarded HIV/AIDS as only ninth out of a list of 10 concerns facing their businesses. Many entrepreneurs are too busy focusing on those businesses to devote time or money to educating staff about the disease.
Primary health care (PHC) in South Africa forms an integral part of both the country's health policies and health system and has been prioritised as a major strategy in achieving health for all. On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration, PHC is once again in the spotlight. How far have we come in the last 30 years? How far in the last three? The third edition of the District Health Barometer, the 2006/07 report sheds some light by monitoring the trend of key health and financial indicators in PHC over the last three years by district and province.