Uganda's rising HIV prevalence is forcing policy makers to look for inventive ways of educating people about the virus. Their latest tool is mobile phone technology, whose rapid growth has provided an avenue that could potentially reach millions with messages.
The good news on medical schemes is that the industry is turning around from huge losses. The bad news is that nobody's tracking how much medical costs consumers are carrying. On average, the industry performed pretty well, according to acting registrar of medical schemes Patrick Matshidze.
While HIV and tuberculosis are hitting the headlines daily, thousands are quietly dying of lifestyle diseases, many which can be prevented if diagnosed and treated early.
Closing date: 26 September 2008
Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa
Zena Stein, Ida Susser and Marion Stevens report from Mexico on the diaphragm: inexpensive a single purchase may last for years easy to use and virtually hidden from the partner. Would it give harm reduction to HIV, as it did for pregnancy?
The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government has increased the funding for the HIV and AIDS Control Programme to accelerate the fight against the disease.
In a surprise move yesterday, Parliaments health committee scrapped a controversial Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill clause which gave the health minister the final say on whether new medicines could be sold in SA.
Experience has shown that it is possible to run successful paediatric HIV programmes in rural African settings, yet less than 10 percent of patients on life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) drugs are children, field officers of the international medical NGO, Mdecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), have said.
South Africa's official AIDS treatment guidelines are being re-assessed after the international AIDS conference. Health Department chief director of HIV and AIDS Dr Nomonde Xundu said: There is a draft recommendation that is being discussed.
Nearly 50 000 people in the Western Cape are receiving treatment at provincial health facilities for tuberculosis. Of these, 450 people are being treated for the multidrug-resistant (MDR) strain and 55 for extensively drug resistant (XDR) TB, says Health MEC Marius Fransman.