The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC), the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance (WPCA) and different organisations from around the world will issue today a Joint Declaration and Statement of Commitment calling for the recognition of Palliative Care and Pain Treatment as Human Rights.
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.
South Africas top researchers, policy makers, managers and providers have released the outcome of a roundtable discussion held last year, where they grappled with antiretroviral access and the health systems capacity to cope with the increasing demand.
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.
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.
Health experts have warned that South Africa's chances of meeting United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) related to child mortality are becoming increasingly slim.
Major private hospital groups in South Africa are importing staff from India to quell the dire shortage of qualified nurses facing the country. Hospital groups like Netcare, Life and Medi-Clinic said yesterday that Indian nurses, male and female, were highly skilled, fluent in English and dedicated to the profession.
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.
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.