TB

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.

TB fight goes digital

The North West health department has applauded the technological breakthrough in the new TB testing machine the Gene Xpert as a major step in fighting the disease.

The machine was recently unveiled by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and it can detect TB in two hours, reducing waiting time for those who test for the disease.

Health MEC Magome Masike said the development would complement the already successful record the province had posted in the fight against TB.

“The Gene Xpert is a new test machine for TB and it can find out if a person is infected with TB, and also if the TB bacterium of the person has resistance to one of the common TB drugs within two hours.

Many too poor to access free health services

Many South Africans are too poor to access free healthcare provided by the state, mostly due to the cost of transport.

 

 

The cost of travelling to and from clinics or hospitals place even free health services out of reach of many poor South Africans, especially from remote areas of the country, Professor Di McIntyre said in a presentation on inequality in healthcare at the Carnegie III Conference focussing on Strategies to Overcome Poverty and Inequality at the University of Cape Town (UCT).