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Leadership in AIDS Award
SA AIDS | 15 May 2017
The great drugs bungle: How hospital doctors and nurses put kids at risk
BD Live | 14 May 2017
Hundreds of medication errors are made in children’s wards at one of the country’s leading hospitals. Pharmacists who spent 16 weeks in the four paediatric wards at Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital in Ga-Rankuwa‚ Gauteng‚ detected 663 medication errors — an average of 2.9 per patient. The biggest category of errors involved incorrect dosing‚ followed by omission of medication and medicine being given at the wrong time. A total of 106 errors were made...
Climbdown on medical aids
Times Live | 11 May 2017
The Department of Health has done a U-turn on its plan to scrap medical aid schemes, saying they should work with the state when it rolls out National Health Insurance instead.   Department director-general Precious Matsoso met leaders of the medical aid plan sector and asked that they work together to reform healthcare in South Africa. "This is big news," said Graham Anderson, principal officer of Profmed.
Improved life expectancy of people living with HIV: who is left behind?
The Lancet | 10 May 2017
The introduction of combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) has been one of the great public health success stories of the past 40 years. ART has led to increased survival in people living with HIV, and subsequently to individual and societal gains worldwide, because of the marked improvements in its potency, side-effect profile, and simplicity of use.1 Results from the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) 052 study have clearly proven the efficacy of ART for prevention of transmission,...
R14.4 billion for Eastern Cape health
Health-E News | 10 May 2017
Embattled hospitals across the Eastern Cape – where health services have been shoddy and people reliant on state healthcare have been driven to protest action – will be receiving a welcome boost in resources. The Eastern Cape Health Department has put aside R14.4-billion to recruit medical specialists and general workers to fill vacancies in over 300 public health facilities across the province.
The heavy impact of urban diets
Health-E News | 9 May 2017
Pumpkin leaves, sweet potatoes, Hugo beans, baby black jacks and wild fruits have been rejected in favour of a more westernised diet of processed meats, fast food and oily treats leading to a host of health problems. Mkhulu Macingwane Mchunu (85) works in his garden where he grows the vegetables he believes are keeping him healthy and strong. (Credit: Sandile Ndlovu / Health-e) Durban dietician Raeesa Seedat says fruit and vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals,...
No time for emergencies
Health-E News | 8 May 2017
SA’s grandmothers are breadwinners in their old age, and their inability to access decent healthcare quickly impacts on their children, grandchildren and their entire communities. Six elderly women sit inside a corrugated iron shack in the Ngangelizwe township in Mthatha, a region with among the highest poverty rates in the Eastern Cape, to share their stories. Like many South African grandmothers, they have become, in their old age, their families’ breadwinners,...
Limpopo woman gives birth on the street
Health-E News | 3 May 2017
A pregnant woman, who was sent home after arriving at her local clinic with severe abdominal pains, gave birth to a healthy baby girl in the street a short while later.
Paying for change? Trial offers cash to parents willing to vaccinate babies
Bhekisisa | 3 May 2017
Researchers have shown that monetary incentives lead to infants being immunised on time. Doreen Auma puffs as her stride shortens with every step. The humidity is thick and sticky in western Kenya’s rain season, and today there seems to be no end to the rough dirt road snaking to the Masogo Health Centre. Auma is eight months pregnant and trudging to an antenatal check-up. She already has a baby, who at 11 months old is overdue for his measles and yellow fever vaccinations at the...
Malaria cases rise 50% after delays in spraying
Business Day | 2 May 2017
Good rains and hot, humid conditions have fuelled a surge in malaria cases in 2017, after 2016’s drought led to a low number of cases reported to the National Institutes for Communicable Diseases (NICD). There were 9,478 cases of malaria identified in SA during the year to March 31, an almost 50% increase on the 6,375 cases reported in 2016, the NICD announced last week. Just under half the recent cases (4,328) were caused by local transmission, as weather and a suboptimal household...
Dry facilities an indictment on our democracy
Health-E News | 2 May 2017
After 23 years of ‘freedom’, some health facilities are operating without the water as provincial authorities blame municipalities and municipalities drag their feet. Government healthcare facilities around the country – the only place the poorest people can go when they are sick – are often left without the most basic resource: water. Many clinics and hospitals have been left with dry taps, sometimes for several months.
Boko Haram leaves cruel legacy of trauma and starvation
Bhekisisa | 25 April 2017
Lay counsellors are being trained to assist a handful of psychiatrists to deal with the minds of Nigerians racked by Boko Haram terror Bulus Apollos is sitting in the small courtyard of a compound in Gomari Gana, an area with dusty streets in Maiduguri, Nigeria. His hands, gnarled from years of onion farming, shake as he lifts faded yellow trousers to reveal swollen feet. Apollos (47) was held captive for over a year by Boko Haram fighters, the Islamist insurgents who have waged a bloody...