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Big increase in diabetes deaths
Health-E News | 1 March 2017
There has been a significant increase in deaths from diabetes, which is now South Africa’s second biggest killer. Diabetes is the number one killer of women and people living in the Western Cape. This is according to StatsSA, which yesterday (28 Feb) released a report on the causes of death in 2015. Tuberculosis remains the country’s biggest single killer, claiming 7,2% of all deaths followed by diabetes, which was responsible for 5,4% of deaths. In 2013,...
Geographical disparities in HIV prevalence and care among men who have sex with men in Malawi: results from a multisite cross-sectional survey
The Lancet | 27 February 2017
Epidemiological assessment of geographical heterogeneity of HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM) is necessary to inform HIV prevention and care strategies in the more generalised HIV epidemics across sub-Saharan Africa, including Malawi. We aimed to measure the HIV prevalence, risks, and access to HIV care among MSM across multiple localities to better inform HIV programming for MSM in Malawi.
South Africa launches clinical trial to cut heart disease in HIV positive people
The Conversation | 27 February 2017
Scientists are embarking on a massive clinical trial to test a drug to reduce the chances of people living with HIV developing heart diseases and suffering from heart-related illnesses like strokes. The trial is being launched in South Africa but will span four ccntinents and involve 6,500 participants. The Conversation Africa’s health and medicine editor Candice Bailey asked Carl Dieffenbach and Gita Ramjee to explain the significance of the trial. How common is it for...
The inequality gap and its impact on health
Health-E News | 27 February 2017
Social injustice is the biggest threat to global health and a radical change in society is needed if we really want people to live long, healthy lives. “What good does it do to treat people and send them back to the conditions that made them sick?” This is the question Sir Michael Marmot, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London, asks himself repeatedly. An expert in health and inequality, he spoke at Wits University recently about why...
African app cuts medical costs with community "virtual pharmacy"
Times Live | 24 February 2017
A mobile app in Senegal helps families save money and reduce waste through a "virtual pharmacy" where users can exchange leftover medication for new prescriptions. JokkoSante is scaling up after a two-year pilot phase in one Senegalese town and on Friday launched a partnership with its first hospital, said founder Adama Kane. It aims to reach 300,000 families in the West African nation by the end of the year. "Everyone has a box of unused medicine in their cabinet,...
Gordhan outlines initial focus of NHI Fund
Health-E News | 23 February 2017
The Finance Minister announced that a NHI Fund will be set up this year in the next step towards universal health coverage. A National Health Insurance (NHI) Fund will help mentally ill patients among others, announced Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his 2017 budget speech. The initial priorities of the Fund include maternal health, family planning services, the integrated school health programme and improving the services for people with disabilities, the elderly and “...
Service delivery starts with data. See who's been missing from the spreadsheets
Bhekisisa | 22 February 2017
Without accurate data, maginalised groups risk being left behind - again. Tanzania’s most recent national census tells us that about one in 16 people has a disability in the country’s Ruvuma region. But what if the true number was closer to one in five? Data is not just for analysts. When properly used, statistics can make a real difference to people’s lives. They can decide, for instance, where services such as hospitals, schools and voting stations are...
National Health Laboratory Service heads accused of graft
BD Live | 22 February 2017
The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has accused top executives at the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) of corruption and maladministration, prompting the organisation’s board to commission a forensic audit. The investigation, conducted by Grant Thornton, is complete and its recommendations are due to be discussed at a two-day board meeting that begins on Wednesday. Among the NHLS executives fingered by Nehawu are CEO Joyce Mogale, chief...
Media Brief - Launch of the South African National HIV Survey (SABSSM V) 2016/2017
Human Sciences Research Council | 21 February 2017
CATEGORY: HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB DATE: 21 February 2017 Press statement For immediate release Sixty thousand participants will take part in the fifth National HIV and Health Study The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) will visit 60 000 South Africans to request their participation in the country’s fifth HIV and Health study. Professor Leickness Simbayi, Deputy CEO for Research at the HSRC and overall Principal Investigator of the study, says field workers will be...
How should HIV self-testing services be provided?
Aidsmap | 17 February 2017
Chairing a session on HIV self-testing at the 2017 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle this week, Joanne Stekler said that much is alread
No more delays: Accelerating access to medicine
Health-E News | 17 February 2017
Late last month, Heads of State and governments from across the continent gathered in Addis Ababa for the 28th African Union (AU) Summit writes Yolanda Moyo of PATH South Africa. Leaders and policymakers discussed a wide range of issues, but one common thread ran through the meeting—the need to “strengthen the spirit of pan-Africanism and unity” to achieve shared goals.
Unique case of PrEP failure without drug resistance reported from Amsterdam
Aidsmap | 17 February 2017
HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) appears to be nearly 100% effective if taken