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Who stands for stunted kids and obese adults?
Health-E News | 22 May 2017
Stunted kids grow into fat adults, indicative of a nutritional crisis government does not know how to address. Are there no champions for NCDs because they mostly affect women, the old and fat? Over a quarter of South African pre-school kids are stunted, their development arrested by poor nutrition. This early hunger will dog them as adults where, ironically, they will be prone to becoming overweight – both because poorer households survive on cheap, carbohydrate-based food and...
People still dying from curable diseases — but SA ranks quite high
BD Live | 19 May 2017
The Healthcare Access and Quality Index rates SA high on diptheria but low on TB; but developed countries, such as Norway and Australia, are not getting it right either 19 MAY 2017 - 14:43 KYLE COWAN
KZN traditional healers trained to test and counsel HIV and TB patients
Health-E News | 18 May 2017
KWA-ZULU NATAL – Traditional healers in KwaZulu Natal have been trained by the provincial Department of Health (DoH) to counsel, examine and test their patients impacted by HIV/Aids and TB. This is the result of a collaboration between the Department and an NGO that works in the field of health and HIV/Aids. iTEACH – the Integration of TB and Education and Care for HIV – together with the DoH, has trained over 400 traditional healers to recognize patients who have...
Aaron Motsoaledi deflects attack by Cosatu on national health scheme
BD Live | 17 May 2017
Cosatu accuses the health minister of betraying voters by offering medical schemes a lifelineHealth Minister Aaron Motsoaledi moved on Tuesday to defend his position on National Health Insurance (NHI) after Cosatu accused him of betraying voters by offering medical schemes a lifeline. The NHI white paper released in 2015 says a single NHI fund should be established to pay for services and relegates medical schemes to providing "complementary" services. Health director-...
Hawks widen investigation into SA medical school ‘places for sale’
Medical Brief | 17 May 2017
Three Durban restaurateurs arrested by the Hawks, accused of selling places to study at the University of KwaZulu Natal‘s medical school for up to half a million rand a spot, have been released on bail. The expanding investigation may encompass another SA medical school. Varsha, 44, Hitesh Bhatt, 46, and co-accused Preshni Hiraman, 54, made a brief court appearance inPinetown Magistrate’s Court. after their arrests on Friday, reports The...
CDC modelling study sounds warning on TB in SA
Medical Brief | 17 May 2017
South Africa, along with India, Russia and the Philippines, will over the next two decades face dramatically rising rates of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB), according to research from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Using data on outcomes and impacts of tuberculosis across four countries with some of the highest rates of the disease, researchers from the CDC found indications that person-to-person transmission will drive rising rates...
Reflecting the good, the bad and the ugly of life in SA
Cape Times | 16 May 2017
Statistics gauge the habits of South Africans drinking, smoking, sex, HIV/Aids and spousal violence, with the latter shockingly high. THIS is the South Africa I know, the home I understand through the lens of how we reproduce life by giving birth, regulate it through contraception, end it for infants and children through death. We explore the health of mothers and children through the eye of antenatal and postnatal care. Children from birth signify the future and we navigate how this...
Trump expands policy that bans US aid for overseas abortion providers
The Guardian | 15 May 2017
The Trump administration on Monday significantly expanded a Reagan-era policy banning foreign aid to international healthcare providers who discuss abortion or advocate for abortion rights, in a move critics fear will jeopardize efforts to fight diseases such as malaria, HIV/Aids, and the Zika virus. The new terms of the ban will apply to $8.8bn in existing foreign aid provided by the state department, USAid, and the Department of Defense – dwarfing the $600m in...
Survey finds teenage girls do not get pregnant for grants
BD Live | 15 May 2017
There is absolutely no evidence that young women are deliberately falling pregnant in order to access the child support grant, Statistician-General Pali Lehohla said on Monday as he released the findings of the South Africa Demographic and Health Survey (SADHS) 2016. The study found that the teenage pregnancy rate had remained virtually the same between 1998 and 2016 at 71 per 1,000 women. "There is a notion that grants influence young girls to produce...
Many toddlers are falling through SA's vaccination net
BD Live | 15 May 2017
One in 10 of Mpumalanga’s children under the age of two has not had any of the shots required under the government’s childhood immunisation programme, according to the South Africa Demographic Health Survey (DHMS) 2016 released on Monday by Statistics SA. The finding signals potentially deadly weaknesses in the childhood immunisation programme, as inadequate coverage of the population increases the likelihood of disease outbreaks. Both Gauteng and the Western...
Emergency vaccination to curb measles outbreak in Gauteng
Health-E News | 15 May 2017
The City of Johannesburg is launching an emergency measles vaccination campaign following after 11 cases of the the illness have been reported in Gauteng. In South Africa, children should be vaccinated against measles at nine & 18 months The drive is set to start on Monday, and will target children between 6 months and 15 years old. The announcement was made in a statement warning residents to be cautious of a possible outbreak of measles this winter season after 11...
Why the NHI may take softer approach
BD Live | 15 May 2017
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says he will present a revised version of the National Health Insurance (NHI) white paper to a cabinet subcommittee on Tuesday. If the subcommittee approves the blueprint, it will then be considered by the Cabinet. If the Cabinet approves the plans, the legislative process to enact the policy will begin. A key aspect that will be scrutinised is the future role of SA’s medical schemes and administrators. The paper...