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Standerton Hospital opens wellness clinic
Health-e News | 25 June 2015
Mpumalanga’s Standerton Hospital opened a new wellness clinic to improve services and shorten wait times this week.   The R6.8 million-wellness clinic includes rooms for social workers, dieticians and tuberculosis treatment. Opened this week, the clinic also houses a satellite pharmacy dedicated to dispensing chronic medication including HIV treatment. The pharmacy is expected to help decongest the hospital’s existing pharmacy and decrease waiting times.   At the...
Call for submissions – Emerging Public Health Practitioner Award
Health Systems Trust | 25 June 2015
The South African Health Review Emerging Public Health Practitioner Award is offered to South African candidates under the age of 35 to submit a chapter dealing with public health or policy in South Africa for publication in the South African Health Review. To apply for the Emerging Public Health Practitioner Award, please submit your complete chapter to editor@hst.org.za no later than 26 June 2015.  Click on the below links for further details.
Showdown over what medicals schemes must cover
GroundUp | 19 June 2015
A high-profile court showdown is looming between a medical scheme and the patient activist group, Treatment Action Campaign, as well as about a dozen other organisations. Its outcome will have significant repercussions for what schemes offer their members.   About 9 million people - about one in six South Africans - are members of medical schemes. Currently, medical schemes have to pay in full for the diagnosis, treatment and care of certain diseases. Regardless of what benefit...
MERS’s best friend is ignorance, so it’s time to wise up
IRIN | 16 June 2015
TORONTO, 16 June 2015 (IRIN) - The full story of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is yet to be told. Would South Korea now be in the grip of one of the disease’s largest ever outbreaks if more had been done sooner to unravel its mysteries?   A key point about MERS was that it gave some warning of its arrival. This was not the case with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which struck in early 2003 after an infected Chinese doctor and travellers from Vietnam, Singapore and...
New AHRQ-funded centers to study health systems and their efforts to disseminate patient-centered outcomes research
PR Newswire | 15 June 2015
ROCKVILLE, Md., June 15, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaking today at AcademyHealth's Annual Research Meeting in Minneapolis, Richard Kronick, Ph.D., director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), announced plans to fund three Centers of Excellence to study how high-performing health care systems promote evidence-based practices in delivering care.
Central repository for safety reports - one year to go before mandatory use EMA Management Board confirms that repository is fit for use across EU
European Medicines Agency | 12 June 2015
EMA Management Board confirms that repository is fit for use across EU   The European Medicines Agency (EMA) Management Board today gave its green light for the central repository for periodic safety update reports (PSURs) for medicines authorised in the European Union (EU). In one year’s time, on 13 June 2016, the central repository will become the single, central platform for these reports to be used by all regulatory authorities and pharmaceutical companies in the EU to...
Private sector has medicines but not TB, chickenpox vaccines
BDlive | 12 June 2015
SA’s three biggest private hospital groups say they are able to manage the majority of medicine shortages they currently face as there are readily available alternatives for most patients.   However, they say global shortages of vaccines for tuberculosis and chicken pox are a concern.   Their position stands in sharp contrast to public sector hospitals, which face bigger challenges sourcing drugs because they have access to a smaller selection of products and are bound...
Crisis? What crisis? Africa Check tests Free State health claims
Mail&Guardian | 12 June 2015
With last year's provincial medical services data now available, Africa Check questions the Free State health's assertions of "significant progress".   When doctors working in Free State government hospitals went public with a damning whistle-blower’s account in February, the provincial government’s spokesperson, Mondli Mvambi, responded by saying that the health system was “not collapsing”.   In a statement issued by Mvambi –...
Resource: HIV Clinical Guidelines app
Health-e News | 12 June 2015
Launched by the Department of Health yesterday, this free app puts South Africa’s HIV guidelines at the fingertips of health workers and patients.   Made by The Open Medicine Project, the free app allows health workers and patients to access the latest national HIV guidelines via smart phones or tablets.
Media Statement: Medicines Control Council to fast-track sourcing of active pharmaceutical ingredients pre-qualified by the World Health Organization, for the relevant medicines
GCIS | 10 June 2015
During the meeting held with executives from a number of pharmaceutical companies on Friday 5 June 2015, the Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi was informed that the pharmaceutical industry are experiencing problems supplying various medicines to both the private and public sectors.    The Department of Health is putting alternative measures in place to address this issue, with the assistance of the Medicines Control Council (MCC).   One of the reasons cited by the...
Emergency medicines flown in to plug gap
BDlive | 8 June 2015
The Department of Health is set to fly in an emergency stock of 20 key medicines from global suppliers to fill the gap while pharmaceutical manufacturers, unable to fulfil contracts, resolve their issues, it emerged on Sunday.   The department inadvertently prompted an outcry last month after it published a list of medicines that were out of stock on its website. Although this is common practice in other countries, to alert doctors and suggest alternative products, publication of the...
Africa’s health system remains weak
SABC | 5 June 2015
A panel of Ebola experts at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town have warned that the continent's health system remains weak and vulnerable to the pandemic.     This incurable disease killed thousands of people mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in an epidemic that began in 2014.   It has also wiped out families and had a huge economic impact on West Africa.   Secretary-General in Mali's Presidency Moustapha Ben Barak shared what Mali...