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info4africa and Always Active release health information app
info4africa | 19 September 2014
  National referral network info4africa releases mobile database App in collaboration with Always Active Technologies (AAT) and Geekulcha   info4africa, the national health and wellbeing referral network, has added an Android App to their bouquet of services, making the finding of health and wellbeing service providers in South Africa that much simpler.   Developed at a Geekulcha hackathon held in June, a small development team, headed up by Diamond Mubaarak,...
DA will ‘oppose medical bill’s plans to commercialise cannabis’
BDlive | 18 September 2014
The Medical Innovation Bill ran into its first hurdle on Wednesday, with Democratic Alliance (DA) shadow health minister Wilmot James saying that his party would not support its proposals to legalise the commercialisation of cannabis.   The bill seeks to legalise dagga for medical, commercial and industrial purposes, and proposes that a medical practitioner working at a pilot health centre be allowed to administer unproven treatments without fear of litigation.   While the...
Traditional healing: Modern medicine's friend or foe?
The Guardian | 17 September 2014
Despite skeptism, WHO has legitimised acupuncture and ayurveda. Is it time public health woke up to their potential?   Arvind Singh came to Barefoot Acupuncturists in Mumbai’s Vijay Nagar slum to find relief from debilitating low-back pain. His chronic suffering forced him to leave his job as a security guard, eliminating the family’s sole income. “We went for x-rays, CT scans and blood tests, but no one could give us a diagnosis,” says his wife, Anita....
Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research: Media Release
Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research | 17 September 2014
MEDIA RELEASE For immediate comment   People-centred health systems will be the heart of dialogues at the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research.   Cape Town, South Africa, 17 September 2014, 10h00 SAST - At a time when world attention is focused on the devastation caused by the ebola virus in countries with weak health systems, over 1700 participants will gather in Cape Town from 29 September to 3 October 2014 to work on the science and practice of people-...
Call for chapters – South African Health Review
Health Systems Trust | 11 September 2014
Researchers, educators, students, policy-makers, planners, capacity-builders, managers and specialist practitioners in the field of health systems and related health development disciplines are invited to submit abstracts for the 2014/2015 South African Health Review. Click on the below links for further details.
Call for submissions – Emerging Public Health Practitioner Award
Health Systems Trust | 11 September 2014
The South African Health Review Emerging Public Health Practitioner Award is offered to South African candidates under the age of 35 to submit a chapter dealing with public health or policy in South Africa for publication in the South African Health Review. Click on the below links for further details.
New role for Durban’s McCord Hospital as specialist eye centre
BDlive | 9 September 2014
Durban's McCord Hospital is to be turned into a specialist eye hospital, expected to perform at least 40 eye operations a day, from next month.   This comes after the KwaZulu-Natal health department took over the running of the 104-year-old owned institution, which had been on the verge of financial collapse.   The acquisition was completed in February when staff and assets were absorbed into the public sector.   The institution will now be known as the...
Paper: The broken thread – Primary health care, social justice and the dignity of the health worker
Health-e News | 2 September 2014
This 17-page public position paper was recently presented at a 1 September Wiser lecture by Section27 Executive Director Mark Heywood.   The paper argues that the heart of the health systems crisis currently being experienced in South Africa is an acute shortage of health workers and the deteriorating conditions under which they are employed.   Unless a plan and adequate budget to rectify this social injustice is seen as the Department of Health’s first priority the...
Ebola takes its toll on healthcare workers
Mail&Guardian | 1 September 2014
Nigeria’s health minister will hold an emergency meeting of state health commissioners on Monday as West Africa struggles to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, amid growing concern at the infection toll among healthcare workers.   Nigeria on Sunday confirmed a fresh case of Ebola in a doctor whose husband died from the virus, adding to a growing list of those providing healthcare in West Africa who have been infected by the epidemic.
Health experts call for equality in access to health
SABC | 1 September 2014
  The Soul City Panel discussion took place at the Soul City Institute in Johannesburg. (Lerato Matlala)   Deputy Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission Pregs Govender says more needs to be done to ensure access to health for the poor. 
   Govender says lack of access to health for the poor further deepens inequality in the country.
Medical male circumcision campaign gains momentum
Stellenbosch University | 1 September 2014
Two mobile surgical theatres to take to the road   A campaign to promote medical male circumcision has been stepped up in the Western Cape, with the launch of two mobile surgical theatres.   Circumcision, which can be done in 30 minutes, protects men against HIV infection as well as sexually transmitted infections.   The mobile surgical theatres, about the size of an average bread truck, will travel through the Winelands, Overberg and Eden areas in the Western Cape...
Poor knowledge of partner HIV status among South African women with recent pregnancy
aidsmap | 29 August 2014
Over 40% of women with recent pregnancy and a third of men with recent partner pregnancy do not know the HIV infection status of their partner, research conducted in Durban, South Africa, published in BMC Public Health shows. Moreover, only 4% of women and 13% of men knew they were in a serodiscordant relationship (one partner living with HIV, the other HIV negative) prior to pregnancy.   “HIV prevalence for adults aged 15-49 years in KwaZulu-Natal is estimated at 28% and the...