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Taking African Science to the World: Knowledge Exchange Visit to UK for SA Women in Science
Press Release | Newton Fund / British Council | 21 October 2016
Five South African young female researchers have been given a career building opportunity to meet with leading UK experts in science communication, which include the Royal Society and the British Science Writers Association. The researchers will attend the Best Practice in Science Communication UK study tour from 24-28 October 2016, a culmination of the Women in Science project, which is part of the British Council’s Professional Development and Engagement (PDE) programme, under the...
PRESS RELEASE: 40th World Hospital Congress to address patient-centred care and safety
Press Release | National Department of Health | 10 October 2016
The Department of Health, in partnership with the International Hospital Federation (IHF), and supported by the Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA) and Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF), will host the 40th World Hospital Congress (IHF2006 Durban) at the Durban ICC from 31 October to 3 November. This is the first time that this meeting is held on the African continent. The choice of host reflects the uniqueness of the event. The congress is being held as South Africa embarks on the...
Call for Expressions of Interest: Evaluation of South African Health Review
Heath System Trust | 19 September 2016
Call for Expressions of Interest: Evaluation of South African Health Review Health Systems Trust (HST) wishes to commission an independent rapid evaluation of the South African Health Review (SAHR), an annual peer-reviewed publication currently funded by the National Department of Health. The objectives of the evaluation:
United Nations meeting on antimicrobial resistance
WHO | 13 September 2016
World leaders gather at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this month to mount a response to the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance. Gary Humphreys and Fiona Fleck report. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2016;94:638-639. doi: Dr Abdul Ghafur, a consultant in infectious diseases in Chennai, had become alarmed by the number of multidrug-resistant infections in patients at major hospitals across India. In desperation,...
Outsourcing: How to reform WHO for the 21st century
BMJ Global Health | 13 September 2016
The need for WHO reform
Moms with HIV set to get connected
Health-e News | 8 September 2016
MomConnect delivers text messages to women, with information geared towards their stage of pregnancy - and soon pregnant women with HIV will be able to receive specialised messages. From next week, many expectant mothers living with HIV will be able to sign up for, and receive, specialised information about the condition and their pregnancy, and how to prevent infection in their babies, as the Department of Health expands its MomConnect service. Launched by Health Minister Aaron...
Strong leadership key to successful NHI
IOL | 5 September 2016
Pretoria - Strong leadership and political presence were among the key factors in the implementation of a universal health-care system in the country. In addition to new care models, a sound payment system and empowered citizens, this could lead to the success to the National Health Insurance programme. "There are bold steps to be taken, and with most counties in the world under pressure to provide universal health care, South Africa has many global lessons to learn from," said...
Offline: Africa—the incarceration of a continent
thelancet | 3 September 2016
What is the future for Africa? A bleak case is made powerfully by Tim Marshall in his book Prisoners of Geography (Elliott and Thompson, 2015). His premise is that the land on which we live shapes us all. "The physical realities that underpin national and international politics are too often disregarded", Marshall writes. Geography explains the why of nations. It is the "decisive factor in the course of human history". That truth is the reason geography is ignored by those...
Accelerating Universal Health Coverage in Africa
E-Health News | 31 August 2016
To help countries implement their health reforms, the World Bank and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (Global Fund) committed to invest $24 billion in Africa over the next three to five years. TB and Malaria (Global Fund) committed to invest $24 billion in Africa over the next three to five years. The announcement was made ahead of the two-day TICAD conference, which is Japan’s flagship programme for African development. One of the focal points at this year’s...
Millions at risk as deadly fungal infections acquire drug resistance
The Guardian | 29 August 2016
Scientists have warned that potentially deadly fungal infections are acquiring resistance to many of the medicines currently used to combat them. More than a million people die of fungal infections every year, including about 7,000 in the UK, and deaths are likely to increase as resistance continues to rise. Researchers say the widespread use of fungicides on crops is one of the main causes of the rise in fungal resistance, which mirrors the rise of resistance to antibiotics used to treat...
HIV effort let down by test shortages, says WHO
WHO | 25 August 2016
A shortage of HIV testing could undermine global efforts to diagnose and treat people with the infection, warn experts from the World Health Organization. They looked at responses to annual surveys that the WHO had sent to 127 countries between 2012 and 2014 asking about capacity and usage of blood tests that check HIV status and health. They found worrying gaps in provision. They warn that United Nation targets for HIV could be missed as a result.
Takalani Sesame: New project to combat child mortality
E-Health News | 23 August 2016
A new programme aimed at addressing the high mortality rate of children under five years old has been launched in the Eastern Cape – using puppets and educational play to teach small children basic healthcare that could save their lives. This latest project takes the form of multimedia resources developed by Sesame Workshop – the education arm of the popular children’s programme Takalani Sesame, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson. An educational app named Healthy...