TB

Spending Well on Wellness: HIV/AIDS and TB Budget Monitoring at Local Level in South Africa

Based on the principle that social accountability is enabled through participation by an empowered civil society that demands efficiency and transparency, the three-year journey of a South African Budget Monitoring and Expenditure Tracking (BMET) project demonstrates that citizen involvement in economic governance is both possible and progressing.

Conducted by the Centre for Economic Governance and AIDS in Africa (CEGAA) in partnership with the Treatment Action Campaign, the BMET project is funded by the Open Society Institute - New York (OSI-NY), Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA) and International Budget Partnership (IBP).

Childhood TB from Neglect to Action

Published by: 
ACTION

Even though it’s preventable and treatable, tuberculosis (TB) is a top ten killer of children worldwide.

ACTION has released its second brief on children and TB, issuing recommendations for the international community and affected countries to combat this neglected epidemic.

Since ACTION released its first Childhood TB brief last year, the global community has paid attention. 

But we need to keep the momentum going. Children are still misdiagnosed, unaccounted for, and lack access to appropriate pediatric TB drugs.

Easy patents cost patients

South Africa grants almost every patent application it receives, making its patent regime one of the world’s most lenient. While pharmaceutical companies cash in, patients face staggering healthcare costs, and medicines like cancer treatments, third-line antiretrovirals (ARVs) and treatments for drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) are often priced out of reach.

Paediatric HIV Clinical Advisor

Employer: 
Stellenbosch University: South to South Programme for Comprehensive Family HIV Care & Treatment (Tygerberg Campus)
Closing Date: 
5 October 2012

One-year contract appointment with possible extension
(Ref. TGB14/288/0912)

Duties:

HIV Nurse Advisor

Employer: 
Stellenbosch University: South to South Programme for Comprehensive Family HIV Care & Treatment (Tygerberg Campus)
Closing Date: 
5 October 2012

One-year contract appointment with possible extension
(Ref. TGB14/287/0912)

Duties:

Program Manager: Training & Development

Employer: 
Stellenbosch University: South to South Programme for Comprehensive Family HIV Care & Treatment (Tygerberg Campus)
Closing Date: 
5 October 2012

One-year contract appointment with possible extension

(Ref. TGB14/286/0912)

Duties:

Hospital crises: Litigation looms in Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape Health and Treasury MECs have been given an ultimatum to either reply to a set of questions related to the staffing crises at Madwaleni and Livingstone hospitals, or face litigation.

 

Madwaleni, a 180-bed rural hospital, which as recently as three years ago had one of the best antiretroviral treatment programmes in Africa, is now operating with one Dutch doctor, who is only able to see complicated HIV and TB cases.

The overworked doctor has indicated that she will resign unless the situation improves, leaving the hospital with no doctor.

Two Clinical Associates, in their first year of employment, are working unsupervised.

MCC continue to delay lifesaving drug

While it was revealed recently that the United States and European drug regulators are pulling out all the stops to register bedaquiline, or TMC207, the South African Medicines Control Council (MCC) has shown no intention of following suit, according to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

Many other countries with stringent regulations on drug safety - including France and the United Kingdom - are already providing bedaquiline under compassionate use regulations, despite the fact that they have far less patients.

MSF earlier sought commitment from the MCC to allow expanded access to the drug and hope that they will similarly fast-track the review process which could see the registration of the first new TB drug in over 50 years.

Senior Lecturer

Employer: 
Faculty of Community and Health Sciences
Closing Date: 
28 September 2012

The School of Public Health at the University of the Western Cape is a WHO Collaborating Centre, and has an international reputation as a leading research and teaching institution in Public Health. Its educational and research activities are wide-ranging, with a special focus on health systems research, primary health care, social determinants of health, priority conditions (including TB/HIV and chronic disease) and the implementation of district health systems. The School’s distance learning postgraduate programme, offered through a range of learning media, is unique in Southern Africa.