NDoH changes to ART guidelines

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Department of Health (South Africa)

Attached are important changes to ART guidelines applicable in all state facilities, some of which were already signalled in the NSP 2012-2016.

Cancer services take strain in Gauteng

Cancer services in Gauteng are facing an emergency with regular reports of broken equipment, drug stock outs, long waiting lists for treatment and delayed diagnosis.


Health-e was given dispensary order forms from Charlotte Maxeke hospital revealing among others that the academic hospital’s oncology in-patient ward 594 was unable to dispense half of the non-chemotherapy drugs and items ordered by the ward due to stock outs.

Campaigning for Cancer (C4C) is now threatening legal action against the provincial and national health departments if matters do not improve by the end of this week.

Management of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis - Policy Guidelines

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Department of Health (South Africa)

Key Issues in the Management of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

1. Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is defined as tuberculosis (TB) disease where there is in vitro resistance to both isoniazid and rifampicin, with or without resistance to other anti-TB drugs. As isoniazid and rifampicin are the two most important first-line TB drugs, their removal through resistance from the anti-TB drug armamentarium has serious implications.

Progress in fight against Aids: Motsoaledi

The government is achieving its targets in the fight against HIV/Aids, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Tuesday.

South Africa started the early decades of HIV and Aids "on a wrong footing", he told the National Assembly during debate on his budget vote.

"But recently, in a typical South African style, we have bounced back.

"We have shown that collaboration and solidarity against a shared threat and a common goal is desirable and can produce desired results," Motsoaledi said.

Through combined efforts and collaborative undertaking, a campaign had been launched to counsel and test 15 million South Africans for HIV.

Department of Health Budget Vote Speech 2012/12: National Assembly, Cape Town

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Department of Health (South Africa)

Honourable Chairperson

Ministers present here today

My Colleague Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa

MEC’s of Health from various Provinces

Honourable Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee, Dr Monwabisi

Goqwana and Members of your Committee

Honourable members of the House

Director –General of Health Ms Precious Matsoso

Your excellencies, High Commissioners and Ambassodors

Leaders of various statutory bodies, Health Unions and other Health related Organisations

Our Special guest the Rollback Malaria and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and UN Envoy for Africa, Ms Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Distinguished guests

Ladies and Gentlemen

NEIL KIRBY: Is Africa closer to meeting its health targets?

IN 2000, the leaders of 189 nations signed the Millennium Declaration of the United Nations (UN), pledging to free their people from poverty, illiteracy and ill health. This commitment gave rise to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the target date for the achievement of which is 2015.

The eight goals are to: eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; achieve universal primary education; promote gender equality and empower women; reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; ensure environmental sustainability; and develop a global partnership for development.

R14.6bn for Cape health care

Hospital upgrades, HIV/Aids and TB treatment and the improvement of specialist services at tertiary hospitals are to get the biggest slice of this year’s Western Cape provincial health budget, says Health MEC Theuns Botha.

Tabling his R14.632 billion budget this week – the biggest slice of the overall provincial budget – Botha said about 87 percent, or R12.7bn, of the budget would be allocated to district health services.

SANAC urges schools to condomise

The South African National Aids Council (Sanac) met last week ahead of the start date of April 1 for the new National Strategic Plan on HIV-Aids, TB and STIs, to review the implementation of the plan.

At the meeting it was decided that it was critical to prioritise HIV prevention among young girls and young women over the next five years, particularly in the first year.

Gauteng employs new measures to fight TB

The Gauteng Health Department says decentralising TB treatment will help address the number of treatment defaulters the province currently has.


About 56 000 people were tested positive for TB last year in Gauteng and 45 percent of them successfully completed their six month treatment programme. The remaining 55 percent is unaccounted for. The province also has a high defaulter rate of patients who have Multi-Drug Resistant (MDR) TB.