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Text messaging is associated with improved retention in a clinic-based PrEP program
CROI | 14 February 2017
A themed discussion from the session entitled Prep withour borders: new delivery options. Presented by Christine M Khosropour, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) 2017. Access the audio and sildes from Christine's presentation here.
State of the Nation Address 2017
South African Government | 9 February 2017
President Jacob Zuma presented the State of the Nation Address (SoNA) to a joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament (National Assembly and National Council of Provinces) on 9 February 2017 at 19h00. This was President Zuma’s fourth State of the Nation Address (SoNA) to the joint sitting of the two houses of Parliament since he was re-elected in May 2014. Access a full manuscript of the address, as well as a video recording, here:
A realist review of mobile phone-based health interventions for non-communicable disease management in sub-Saharan Africa
BioMed Central | 6 February 2017
Daniel Opoku, Victor Stephani and Wilm Quentin The prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is increasing in sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, the use of mobile phones is rising, expanding the opportunities for the implementation of mobile phone-based health (mHealth) interventions. This review aims to understand how, why, for whom, and in what circumstances mHealth interventions against NCDs improve treatment and care in sub-Saharan Africa.
Conspiracy beliefs and knowledge about HIV origins among adolescents in Soweto, South Africa
PlosOne | 2 February 2017
Robert Hogg, Busisiwe Nkala, Janan Dietrich, Alexandra Collins, Kalysha Closson, Zishan Cui, Steve Kanters, Jason Chia, Bernard Barhafuma, Alexis Palmer, Angela Kaida, Glenda Gray, Cari Miller
SAMA disappointed over Minister’s statements on unemployed doctors
Medical Chronicle | 24 January 2017
The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has expressed its disappointment and concern over remarks by Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi regarding the uptake of posts by doctors. The Association said the remarks by Dr Motsoaledi were unfortunate. Dr Motsoaledi made the remarks at a press briefing in Pretoria on 19 January 2017. “While we are pleased that the Minister acknowledged that there are issues around the unemployment of doctors in three categories (which we first raised...
An evaluation of the competencies of primary health care clinic nursing managers in two South African provinces
Global Health Action | 20 January 2017
  Pascalia O. Munyewende, Jonathan Levin & Laetitia C. Rispel Managerial competencies to enhance individual and organisational performance have gained currency in global efforts to strengthen health systems. Competent managers are essential in the implementation of primary health care (PHC) reforms that aim to achieve universal health coverage.
‘Why do an MPH?’ Motivations and intentions of physicians undertaking postgraduate public health training at the University of Cape Town
| 20 January 2017
Virginia E.M. Zweigenthal, Emma Marquez & Leslie London Public health (PH) approaches underpin the management and transformation of health systems in low- and middle-income countries. Despite the Master of Public Health (MPH) rarely being a prerequisite for health service employment in South Africa, many physicians pursue MPH qualifications.
The feasibility of measuring and monitoring social determinants of health and the relevance for policy and programme – a qualitative assessment of four countries
Global Health Action | 20 January 2017
Erik Blas, John E. Ataguba, Tanvir M. Huda, Giang Kim Bao, Davide Rasella, Megan R. Gerecke Since the publication of the reports by the Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH), many research papers have documented inequities, explaining causal pathways in order to inform policy and programmatic decision-making. At the international level, the sustainable development goals (SDGs) reflect an attempt to bring together these themes and the complexities involved in defining a...
Disclosure of physical, emotional and sexual child abuse, help-seeking and access to abuse response services in two South African Provinces
Psychology, Health & Medicine | 19 January 2017
Franziska Meinck, Lucie Cluver, Heidi Loening-Voysey, Rachel Bray , Jenny Doubt, Marisa Casale & Lorraine Sherr Physical, emotional and sexual child abuse are major problems in South Africa. This study investigates whether children know about post-abuse services, if they disclose and seek services, and what the outcomes of help-seeking behaviour are. It examines factors associated with request and receipt of services. Confidential self-report questionnaires were completed by adolescents...
Transmission of Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis in South Africa
The New England Journal of Medicine | 19 January 2017
N. Sarita Shah, Sara C. Auld, James C.M. Brust, Barun Mathema, Nazir Ismail, Pravi Moodley, Koleka Mlisana, Salim Allana, M. et al. Drug-resistant tuberculosis threatens recent gains in the treatment of tuberculosis and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection worldwide. A widespread epidemic of extensively drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis is occurring in South Africa, where cases have increased substantially since 2002. The factors driving this rapid increase have not been fully...
ADVANCE HIV study set to save SA billions
Health-E News | 17 January 2017
A new HIV drug combination could save SA billions of rands – plus it would be easier and safer for patients to take.
Personal contact with HIV-positive persons is associated with reduced HIV-related stigma: cross-sectional analysis of general population surveys from 26 countries in sub-Saharan Africa
Journal of the International AIDS Society | 10 January 2017
Brian T Chan, Alexander C Tsai HIV-related stigma hampers treatment and prevention efforts worldwide. Effective interventions to counter HIV-related stigma are greatly needed. Although the “contact hypothesis” suggests that personal contact with persons living with HIV (PLHIV) may reduce stigmatizing attitudes in the general population, empirical evidence in support of this hypothesis is lacking. Our aim was to estimate the association between personal contact with PLHIV and HIV...