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The 
doctor who 
walked 
away
Mail&Guardian | 30 May 2014
As a young medical student from Soweto, Maria Phalime had high expectations for life as a doctor. Then she started to practise and was confronted with inhuman hours, overflowing emergency rooms and poor resources. Her book Postmortem: The Doctor Who Walked Away exposes the pressures that come with being a doctor in South Africa. This is a condensed, edited extract:   On a number of occasions members of the nursing staff at Site B would come to me requesting I write them a...
International expert says better treatment of TB is urgently needed
Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Stellenbosch University | 29 May 2014
An international expert on tuberculosis has warned about the danger of doctors prescribing incorrect or too little medication for TB.
New X-ray scanners will save hospitals time, money
BDlive | 29 May 2014
Government is expecting savings of at least R8m over the first five years of use of each of the full body X-ray scanners that will be introduced in Gauteng hospitals and forensic pathology units within the next year.   South African company Lodox, whose majority shareholder is the Industrial Development Corporation, has adapted scanner technology that was originally developed in the late 1980s to check whether miners had hidden diamonds on their bodies for medical treatment....
Motsoaledi returns for second term as health minister
BDlive | 26 May 2014
Aaron Motsoaledi comes back for a second term as health minister, with former deputy arts and culture minister Joe Phaahla as his deputy.   A medical doctor by training, the hard-working Dr Motsoaledi has won praise from all sides for his frank acknowledgement of the problems facing South Africa’s health system, and the energy he has devoted to undoing the damage wrought by former health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, who allowed the health system to crumble while she...
Annual Medical Research Council Scientific Merit Awards 2014
SAMRC | 23 May 2014
  The South African Medical Research Council strongly supports excellence in health research and has established a set of medal awards to recognise world-class science. The Awards are among South Africa’s most prestigious and are dedicated to contributions to health research in South Africa.   For more information, click on the below link.
PrePex could cut down on botched circumcision deaths
Mail&Guardian | 19 May 2014
Government is looking to fast track the introduction of a non-surgical medical male circumcision device, PrePex, that officials believe will decrease the number of deaths and injuries caused by unsafe circumcision practices during initiation ceremonies.    PrePex, which was endorsed or ‘prequalified’ by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in May 2013, is expected to be introduced in South Africa by mid-2015, says health department deputy director general for medical...
World Health Statistics 2014: Large gains in life expectancy
WHO | 15 May 2014
People everywhere are living longer, according to the "World Health Statistics 2014" published today by WHO. Based on global averages, a girl who was born in 2012 can expect to live to around 73 years, and a boy to the age of 68. This is six years longer than the average global life expectancy for a child born in 1990.   WHO’s annual statistics report shows that low-income countries have made the greatest progress, with an average increase in life expectancy by 9...
AIDS Health Foundation donates R15 mln to KZN
SABC | 12 May 2014
The KwaZulu-Natal Health Department says a R15 million donation it has received from the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Health Foundation towards building a clinic in Umlazi township, south of Durban, will help give the community access to quality health services.   More than 16 000 human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) patients stand to benefit from the funding.   Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo has highlighted the importance of such projects.   He says they...
Research could point to better treatment for babies with TB
Desmond Tutu TB Centre | 12 May 2014
Researchers at the Desmond Tutu TB Centre at Stellenbosch University have embarked on a potentially groundbreaking study that could lead to better ways to treat tuberculosis (TB) in babies.   The study, which measures safe and effective TB drug therapy for babies, forms part of research conducted by neonatology specialist, Adrie Bekker, who has been awarded three scholarships for her work into prevention and treatment of babies with TB.   The study is monitoring TB drug...
Tygerberg Children's Hospital beats the odds
Tygerburger | 9 May 2014
Against all odds, Tygerberg Children’s Hospital boasts a neonatal survival rate on par with many wealthy countries.   But while the hospital has made big strides, it’s facing major challenges, including a dire shortage of beds for premature babies delivered at the hospital.   “We have 50 000 deliveries a year in our area, yet we only have eight neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) beds.
UNAIDS and UNWTO ST-EP Foundation release a unique new book on HIV for children
UNAIDS | 8 May 2014
GENEVA/ROME, 8 May 2014—UNAIDS and the UN World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty (ST-EP) Foundation have released a new book on HIV for children.   The book, The Bravest Boy I Know, is about two friends, Kendi and Kayla. Kendi is living with HIV. The story is set in Africa and beautifully illustrated by celebrated artist Sujean Rim. It is a heart-warming tale of how the two friends deal with HIV in a positive way.
Public health a major priority in African nations
Pew Research Center | 1 May 2014
Improving hospitals, dealing with HIV/AIDS are top issues   Survey Report   Concerns about public health are widespread in sub-Saharan Africa, and there is considerable support in the region for making public health challenges a top national priority.