Corruption rife in worldwide health sector: report

Theft, bribery, fraud and extortion are rife in the world healthcare industry, robbing especially the poor of vital care, the sleaze watchdog Transparency International charged. The group also claimed that counterfeit drugs, particularly in developing countries, were responsible for the deaths of thousands of people each year and led to the increased spread of drug-resistant diseases.

Aids could claim 5 000 teachers a year - study

South Africa needs 90% anti-retroviral coverage for teachers with HIV, or the country could be losing more than 5 000 teachers to Aids annually within the next four years. Estimates were that last year one in nearly every 10 teachers with HIV was dying of Aids - translating to a loss to the profession of more than 1% of the total teacher population.

How Google is changing medicine

A medical portal is the logical next step What a remarkable year it has been for those of us monitoring changes in the global information landscape. Since last Christmas, there has been a flurry of activity: the digitisation of the world's libraries began in earnest (despite the copyright fracas) open access publishing gained much-needed support internationally (especially in science and medicine) and Google, MSN Search, and Yahoo introduced a number of customisation tools for desktops and mobiles, podcasts, blogs, and video searches.1 2

HIV poster design competition launched to research messaging mechanics

Calibre Clinical Consultants has launched a design competition open to all interested creative South Africans to design poster-communication vehicles for effective HIV prevention messaging.

International Day of Disabled persons

The UN announced this year's theme for December 3rd, the International Day of Disabled Persons is Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Action in Development. The goal is to highlight the interdependence between the rights of people with disabilities and the development process, with the knowledge that full societal inclusion of people with disabilities and the enjoyment of our fundamental rights and freedoms on an equal footing with all other members of our society are essential to the achievement of development goals.

SA passes total asbestos ban

Many decades after South Africa became aware of conclusive medical evidence of the deadly risks of asbestos, the government is finally acting to protect public health by banning the fibres completely from a wide range of day-to-day building, piping and motor car products.

Communicating Population and Health Research to Policymakers

To help bridge the gap between researchers and policymakers, Makerere University and the Population Reference Bureau are co-sponsoring a communication workshop. Sessions will help participants identify the policy implications of survey data and research findings, understand how research can influence the policy process and communicate findings