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SA has capacity and experience to contain Ebola
BDlive | 2 December 2014
SA has the capacity to contain Ebola should a case be imported into the country, says Peter Piot, one of the scientists who discovered the deadly virus almost 40 years ago.   Prof Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said SA was better placed than any other country on the continent to handle Ebola because it had better health infrastructure and more doctors and nurses than any of its peers.   It also had experience treating patients with...
Protection of health-care workers essential for well-functioning health systems
UNAIDS | 1 December 2014
When looking after people in health-care settings, health-care workers can be exposed to a broad range of infections, including HIV. Accidental exposure to HIV in health-care settings can largely be prevented by countries creating an enabling environment and providing the services that allow health-care workers to protect themselves and others from the risk of HIV infection. However, the use of criminal law can lead to miscarriages of justice.   In Uganda, the High Court of Kampala...
HIV epidemic will spring back without near-universal diagnosis and treatment, says UNAIDS
aidsmap | 1 December 2014
Usual World AIDS Day report replaced with call for three-quarter cut in new infections by 2020, and 73% viral suppression   “Without scale-up, the AIDS epidemic will continue to outrun the response, increasing the long-term need for HIV treatment and increasing future costs.” These are among the opening words of the 2014 “Fast Track” report issued by UNAIDS, the Joint UN Programme on HIV and AIDS, explaining the thinking behind their campaign for an ambitious...
Postgraduate programme in health management
Stellenbosch University | 1 December 2014
The Centre for Health Systems and Services Research and Development, Division of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, invites you to apply for the following postgraduate programme:   Postgraduate Diploma in Health Care Management: A new programme offered in partnership with the USB and SPL, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences. Subject to final HEQC approval.   This two-year part-time programme is designed to develop knowledge, skills and...
World Aids Day: Less than half of infected people know
Mail&Guardian | 30 November 2014
Although 65% of South Africans reportedly have been tested for HIV at least once, annual testing figures are much lower.   Less than a third of South Africa’s 35-million sexually active people get tested for HIV annually, according to health department figures. But the South African National Aids Council (Sanac) says 65% of South Africans have tested for HIV at least once. According to Sanac the country has among the “highest population-level HIV testing in the world...
Limpopo concerned about pharmacist shortage
Health-e News | 28 November 2014
Limpopo’s Department of Health and Social Development is urging students to study pharmacy to address the shortage of professionals hard felt by rural communities.   According to department spokesperson Macks Lesufi, the province is very concerned about the shortage of pharmacists in provincial clinics and hospitals.
Why a gender-conscious response to HIV is still necessary: Women, girls and HIV – 10 years on
Health Systems Trust | 26 November 2014
World AIDS Day focuses on remembrance of those lost to the epidemic and mobilisation of resources to advocate for people who are vulnerable to and living with HIV, and 2014 marks a decade since the World AIDS Day theme was ‘Women, Girls, HIV and AIDS’.
State clinics in for major overhaul
BDlive | 19 November 2014
State-run clinics throughout SA will cut patient waiting time in half and provide world class primary healthcare by 2018, if President Jacob Zuma has his way.   But it will be no overnight task, according to the team of experts Mr Zuma put together to implement the clinic improvement programme, known as Operation Phakisa Phase Two.   This phase of Operation Phakisa — the government’s service delivery acceleration programme — is aimed at improving services...
Global AIDS fight at pivotal point
BDlive | 19 November 2014
THE world has a "small window of opportunity" to break the AIDS epidemic for good, the United Nations AIDS programme (UNAIDS) said on Tuesday.   In a report released ahead of World AIDS Day on December 1, UNAIDS said the global AIDS epidemic could be ended by 2030 if the world met a set of ambitious "fast-track" targets within the next five years.
Gauteng urges partnership in HIV/AIDS fight
SABC | 19 November 2014
Gauteng Department of Health has rolled out a radical campaign themed Pasop to influence people’s behaviour and attitude around diseases.

   This campaign forms part of the government's concerted effort to strengthen the awareness on HIV/Aids and TB,

   The campaign Pasop which stands for Prevent, Avoid, Stop, Overcome and Protect forms the integral part of the on-going implementation of the Gauteng Strategic Plan on the fight against HIV/Aids and TB....
Mental illness in pregnant women a big concern
BDlive | 18 November 2014
Pregnant women and new parents who have mental health issues can affect their children for years to come, but many effective treatments exist to help them cope, scientists say.   Mental illness during pregnancy or after birth occurs in more than 10% of women in high-income countries, and the rate is likely to be higher in poorer countries, the scientists said in a series of studies published in the Lancet on Friday.   Associate professor at the University of the...
Stellenbosch and Mediclinic join forces to train doctors
BDlive | 18 November 2014
Private hospital group Mediclinic Southern Africa and Stellenbosch University’s medical school on Monday announced a partnership for training undergraduate doctors, a development they say will help increase the number of doctors who can be produced in SA.   Demand for the limited places at SA’s medical school far exceeds supply, and the schools turn out far fewer doctors than SA needs.   About 1,200 doctors graduate from SA’s medical schools each year, and...