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Ten organizations receive Red Ribbon Award for outstanding community leadership on AIDS
UNAIDS | 21 July 2014
Ten exceptional community-based organizations have won the 2014 Red Ribbon Award for their inspiring work in reducing the impact of the AIDS epidemic. They were presented with the prestigious prize in a special session at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia.
UNAIDS pushes for an end to Aids epidemic
SABC | 21 July 2014
Countries have to test for HIV at least 90% of their populations and make sure that 90% of HIV positive people are on treatment.   This is one of the bold and ambitious targets set by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAIDS) at the 20th International Aids Conference in Melbourne, Australia.   UNAIDS has called for an end to HIV/Aids by 2030.   After about three decades of the HIV/Aids pandemic, the United Nations has now called on countries to end the...
AIDS 2014 opening ceremony honours Flight MH17 dead with drive to end AIDS by 2030
aidsmap | 20 July 2014
New ambitious 90% targets for testing, treatment coverage and undetectable viral load unveiled   Activists call for '100% undetectable by 2020' target on the opening day of AIDS 2014. Professor Joep Lange appears on screen. Photo by Liz Highleyman, hivandhepatitis.com   The 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) opened in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday evening overshadowed by the deaths of 298 passengers aboard Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.
Free State healthcare workers march for Malakoane's head
Mail&Guardian | 17 July 2014
In a TAC march, workers in the province's crisis-hit health sector say they will hold a night vigil every Wednesday until demands are met.   Hundreds of Free State community healthcare workers and health activists have marched on the Free State health department headquarters, Bophelo House, in Bloemfontein early on Wednesday morning.
North West doctors gear up for the NHI
Health-e News | 15 July 2014
The National Department of Health is partnering with districts to orientate private doctors looking to pick up extra hours at government health facilities.   As part of the National Health Insurance (NHI) and revitalisation of primary health care, the National Department of Health will be looking to contract private physicians.   These private doctors will be contracted to work a limited number of hours in public facilities in an attempt to supplement the country’s...
Rapid HIV test gives hope for newborn infants
City Press | 14 July 2014
A new study due for publication has revealed that prompt detection of HIV in newborn infants is possible.   Global diagnostic device and service provider Alere today said the rapid tests could be done by primary health care nurses and the results could be established without sending samples to a laboratory.   In the study, which was conducted at five primary care clinics in Mozambique, the Alere™ q HIV-1/2 Detect assay prototype provided accurate early infant diagnosis...
Calling for applications: Graduate Programme in Public Health 2015
University of KwaZulu-Natal | 8 July 2014
The aim of the Discipline of Public Health Medicine is to produce effective, globally recognised, locally relevant evidence-informed (-based) knowledge to improve population health.   The Discipline of Public Health Medicine is now calling for applications from prospective students for the 2015 intake. The Graduate Programme in Public Health aims to produce health professionals who are change agents in the field of public health.
Flat funding, harsh laws could hurt Uganda’s battle against HIV
IRIN | 25 June 2014
Inadequate funding coupled with harsh laws targeting same sex unions could erode the gains so far made in the fight against HIV in Uganda, activists warn.   While the Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA) is already in force, activists have expressed fears that the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Bill 2014 - passed by parliament on 13 May and stipulating fines and jail terms of up to 10 years for those found guilty of “willful and intentional” transmission but still awaiting...
24-hour clinic to open in Limpopo
Health-e News | 25 June 2014
Residents of Damani and surrounding areas in Limpopo’s Vhembe District will soon have access to 24-hour health care at the new Damani Clinic.   Damani Clinic Board Member Tshilidzi Maphangul says the old clinic was first built in 1996, following the initiative of the late chief Mudinda Ramagwede.
National Tuberculosis Management Guidelines 2014 released
Health-e News | 10 June 2014
The South African Department of Health has released its latest guidelines for the management of tuberculosis (TB) in adults.   According to Director General for Health, Precious Matsoso, the new guidelines formally introduce targeted screening to increase detection of TB cases, guidance for the use of Gene Xpert and revised treatment regimens for retreatment patients. The 120-document also includes guidance on the management of adverse drug events and antiretroviral initiation for...
Health minister’s battle plan
Financial Mail | 5 June 2014
THE roll-out of national health insurance (NHI) is top of the agenda of health minister Aaron Motsoaledi.   However, that will not be at the expense of other programmes.   "We’re going to accelerate the battle against HIV/Aids," he says. "The number of people on ARVs needs to move from 2,4m to 4,6m within the next 24 months. It’s a five-year programme, but we intend to reach it within the next 24 months."   He will also target...
Doctors need not panic over ‘certificates of need’
Health-e News | 4 June 2014
Doctors do not need to panic about being forced to work in places where they do not want to, according to the Department of Health.   This follows an outcry last week after it emerged that President Jacob Zuma had signed into law a proclamation that makes it compulsory for all health establishments to get a “certificate of need” within the next two years in order to operate.   The intention of such certificates is to encourage doctors to only open practices in...