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Comment: Good health without the fear of ruin
Mail&Guardian | 12 December 2014
Twenty years after the genocide, Rwanda’s health system is showing drastic improvements.   When I served as a paediatrician in Rwanda’s public hospitals, I devoted myself to building a future where children could reach their full potential without fear of disease.   Today, as Rwanda’s minister of health, I can attest to the great progress our country has made to improve the health of everyone living in the “land of a thousand hills”.  ...
Unions should rescue TAC, says Achmat
GroundUp | 10 December 2014
Former Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) leader, Zackie Achmat, has called on the trade unions to come to the rescue of TAC which has been mired in financial difficulties.   Sixteen years after its launch on 10 December 1998, TAC is the victim of its own success, as major donors re-assess the need to support the fight against HIV in the light of much improved treatment and falling death rates.   TAC’s insistence on the need to keep monitoring treatment and its...
By the numbers: National Health Insurance in Mpumalanga
Health-e News | 9 December 2014
It has been two years since Mpumalanga started its National Health Insurance (NHI) pilot site.
SA medical staff sought to treat Ebola in Sierra Leone
News24 | 8 December 2014
As part of South Africa’s response to the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, Right to Care is seeking healthcare professionals willing to work for three months in Sierra Leone.

   Skills in treating the condition   The recruitment process is part of the Department of Health’s Ebola Emergency Response and is currently underway. Applicants, who will ideally have ICU experience, are being offered full training, flights, transfers, salary, per diems,...
HIV/AIDS plan cited as fatalities fall
BDlive | 3 December 2014
The number of deaths registered in SA has fallen to its lowest level in more than a decade, providing clear evidence of the effect of the government’s very large HIV/AIDS treatment plan, which now reaches 2.7-million people.   The latest mortality report from Statistics SA, released on Tuesday, shows that 458,933 people died in SA last year, 6.5% less than in 2012 (491,100). It is the lowest number of deaths since 2002, when 502,797 deaths were registered.
Human rights commission probes Free State health department
City Press | 3 December 2014
The South African Human Rights Commission has launched an investigation into the Free State health department following several complaints over access to healthcare services.   “The commission’s investigation seeks to examine a number of factors, including the availability of healthcare, financial aspects, human resources, physical infrastructure and equipment, and drugs in the Free State,” commission spokesperson Isaac Mangena said today.   “It will...
SA has capacity and experience to contain Ebola
BDlive | 2 December 2014
SA has the capacity to contain Ebola should a case be imported into the country, says Peter Piot, one of the scientists who discovered the deadly virus almost 40 years ago.   Prof Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said SA was better placed than any other country on the continent to handle Ebola because it had better health infrastructure and more doctors and nurses than any of its peers.   It also had experience treating patients with...
Protection of health-care workers essential for well-functioning health systems
UNAIDS | 1 December 2014
When looking after people in health-care settings, health-care workers can be exposed to a broad range of infections, including HIV. Accidental exposure to HIV in health-care settings can largely be prevented by countries creating an enabling environment and providing the services that allow health-care workers to protect themselves and others from the risk of HIV infection. However, the use of criminal law can lead to miscarriages of justice.   In Uganda, the High Court of Kampala...
HIV epidemic will spring back without near-universal diagnosis and treatment, says UNAIDS
aidsmap | 1 December 2014
Usual World AIDS Day report replaced with call for three-quarter cut in new infections by 2020, and 73% viral suppression   “Without scale-up, the AIDS epidemic will continue to outrun the response, increasing the long-term need for HIV treatment and increasing future costs.” These are among the opening words of the 2014 “Fast Track” report issued by UNAIDS, the Joint UN Programme on HIV and AIDS, explaining the thinking behind their campaign for an ambitious...
Postgraduate programme in health management
Stellenbosch University | 1 December 2014
The Centre for Health Systems and Services Research and Development, Division of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, invites you to apply for the following postgraduate programme:   Postgraduate Diploma in Health Care Management: A new programme offered in partnership with the USB and SPL, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences. Subject to final HEQC approval.   This two-year part-time programme is designed to develop knowledge, skills and...
World Aids Day: Less than half of infected people know
Mail&Guardian | 30 November 2014
Although 65% of South Africans reportedly have been tested for HIV at least once, annual testing figures are much lower.   Less than a third of South Africa’s 35-million sexually active people get tested for HIV annually, according to health department figures. But the South African National Aids Council (Sanac) says 65% of South Africans have tested for HIV at least once. According to Sanac the country has among the “highest population-level HIV testing in the world...
Limpopo concerned about pharmacist shortage
Health-e News | 28 November 2014
Limpopo’s Department of Health and Social Development is urging students to study pharmacy to address the shortage of professionals hard felt by rural communities.   According to department spokesperson Macks Lesufi, the province is very concerned about the shortage of pharmacists in provincial clinics and hospitals.