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Information for authors: South African Health Review 2017
| 17 November 2016
2017 edition of the South African Health Review (SAHR) Information for contributing authors Abstract submission for the 2017 edition of the SAHR is now closed. The South African Health Review (SAHR), published annually by Health Systems Trust (HST), is an accredited peer-reviewed journal that is widely respected as an authoritative source of research, analysis and reflection on health systems. 2017 marks the 20th edition of the SAHR.  Successful candidates must send their full...
Vaccinate to protect against rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs
R News | 14 November 2016
In the wake of National Antibiotics Awareness Week (14 to 20 November), the spotlight will fall on the critical role that vaccines are likely to play in curbing anti-microbial resistance (AMR) - at least in the foreseeable future until a new stream of antiobiotics are brought to market, which according to experts may still be a long way off. Click on source URL to read more.
Law plays critical role in advancing public health
Press Release | LexisNexis | 11 November 2016
 [Johannesburg, 11 November 2016] HIV is a daily reality for over 6 million South Africans, therefore, law professionals can – and must – play an active role in the fight against the epidemic by advising those that are infected and affected with HIV/AIDS. This is according to respected law, public health and human rights consultant, Amelia Vukeya Motsepe, who spoke at the Johannesburg launch on 10 November of a seminal, new publication dissecting South African...
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...
National Disability Rights Awareness Month: A Framework for Action
Department of Social Development | 13 October 2016
Disability Rights Awareness Month (DRAM) provides South Africa with an opportunity to: Inspire hope and confidencein the ability of South Africans and the state machinery to work together in addressing the common challenges facing persons with disabilities and society in general; Mobilise persons with disabilitiesaround the gains made in protecting, promoting and upholding the rights of persons with disabilities since the adoption of the Freedom Charter, 22 years into democracy, and 9...
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...