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Millions at risk as deadly fungal infections acquire drug resistance
The Guardian | 29 August 2016
Scientists have warned that potentially deadly fungal infections are acquiring resistance to many of the medicines currently used to combat them. More than a million people die of fungal infections every year, including about 7,000 in the UK, and deaths are likely to increase as resistance continues to rise. Researchers say the widespread use of fungicides on crops is one of the main causes of the rise in fungal resistance, which mirrors the rise of resistance to antibiotics used to treat...
HIV effort let down by test shortages, says WHO
WHO | 25 August 2016
A shortage of HIV testing could undermine global efforts to diagnose and treat people with the infection, warn experts from the World Health Organization. They looked at responses to annual surveys that the WHO had sent to 127 countries between 2012 and 2014 asking about capacity and usage of blood tests that check HIV status and health. They found worrying gaps in provision. They warn that United Nation targets for HIV could be missed as a result.
Heath System Trust | 19 August 2016
‘Better Off Knowing’ campaign aims to encouragepeople living with HIV to access ARVs In June, leading public health NGO Health Systems Trust (HST) launched its ‘Better Off Knowing’ campaign, motivating South Africans from all walks of life to get tested for HIV so that they know their status‒ and if HIV-positive, receive treatment and live longer.
Malnutrition is a leading cause of death in under-fives, but there’s a simple - and free - solution that could save lives
Bhekisisa | 18 August 2016
The African continent has the ignominious distinction of housing the seven countries in which the highest number of children die before their fifth birthday, according to the United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation. These countries — Angola, the Central African Republic, Chad, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Somalia — all have an under-five mortality rate above 100 deaths per 1 000 live births.
Healthcare report delayed in wait for more data
DBlive | 18 August 2016
The Competition Commission’s healthcare market inquiry has postponed the publication of its interim report, due for release last week, citing delays in obtaining key data from medical schemes and private hospitals. The inquiry was established to probe the nature of the private healthcare market, and determine whether there were barriers to effective competition and patient access. It was due to publish its interim report on August 5, with a final report and recommendations due on...
Funding sought for community healthcare worker policy
DBlive | 16 August 2016
The national Health Department is in talks with the National Treasury about funding community healthcare workers, Parliament heard on Tuesday. The Health Department’s deputy director-general for primary healthcare services Jeanette Hunter told the portfolio committee on health that a community healthcare worker policy had been drafted, but that it needed to be funded before it could be implemented. The policy covers pay, conditions of services, and how community healthcare workers...
SAHR 2017 call for chapters
| 16 August 2016
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. To commemorate the occasion, chapters that give consideration to advances made in the health system over the past 20 years, or reflect on what the next 20 years may bring, are actively being sought.
Hormonal contraception and the risk of HIV acquisition
WHO | 9 August 2016
The expert review group will assess whether current WHO guidance needs to change in the light of a new review of data, published in AIDS on 9 August 2016, which was commissioned by WHO. For the past 25 years, there has been mixed evidence as to whether use of hormonal contraceptive methods (particularly depot medroxyprogesterone acetate [DMPA]) is associated with a woman’s risk of acquiring HIV. WHO is committed to engaging with stakeholders and has been continuously monitoring and...
Ebola, Zika & Zoonotic Disease Threats in Africa
The Brenthurst Foundation | 4 August 2016
Professor Janusz Paweska of the National Institute of Communicable Diseases will present the main findings of the Brenthurst Foundation Special Report “Unnecessary Ebola-Related Deaths” by Helen Epstein) and especially the aspects on the West African Ebola outbreak response in which he was directly involved. He will provide an update of how Sierra Leone and Liberia are dealing with the aftermath of the Ebola epidemic. He will also share with the audience where we are with the Zika...
Family planning is a key development goal that needs greater investment
The Guardian | 1 August 2016
Family planning is much more than a vital health and human rights intervention (Critical moment for family planning as funds come under pressure, 28 July). Investments in voluntary family planning are also investments in sustainable development, and therefore should be of as much of concern to ministers of finance as to ministers of health.
Aids research: High risk, top science
Financial Mail | 29 July 2016
SA is at the epicentre of the global HIV/Aids epidemic, and its scientists are at the very heart of the quest to stop it in its tracks. No other high-burden country has the same scientific capacity, placing SA in a unique position to contribute to game-changing research, says Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy & Infectious Diseases at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). “SA is truly unique in this respect. There are some other countries in...
Next HIV plan needs to be based on latest evidence
Health-e News | 29 July 2016
We are on the brink of getting a new National Strategic Plan (NSP) for HIV, TB and STIs, and it is vital that the new plan avoids the mistakes of the past At the end of this year South Africa’s big plan to fight HIV and tuberculosis (TB) comes to an end. The National Strategic Plan (NSP) for HIV, TB and STIs 2012 – 2016 will be replaced by the 2017 – 2021 NSP. It is vital that the new NSP avoids the mistakes of the past and fully incorporates new scientific evidence. It is...