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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...
Nurse training on contraceptives needed
Health-E News | 30 December 2016
Lack of proper training on Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC) leads to a high rate of accidental pregnancies within the first year of use. In South Africa as many as 600 000 women experience unwanted pregnancies due to contraceptive failure. Globally the rate of accidental pregnancies is 40%. This should not have to be.  Follow source URL to continue reading
The South African Health Review’s Emerging Public Health Practitioner Award (EPHPA) 2017
| 22 December 2016
The South African Health Review’s Emerging Public Health Practitioner Award (EPHPA) is open to young public health practitioners or student researchers in the fields health sciences, medicine or public health who are currently studying for their Masters or Honours degree, or are in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree. Individuals seeking to publish a paper dealing with public health policy development or implementation in a respected and widely read South African peer-...
Information for authors: South African Health Review 2017
| 17 November 2016
2017 edition of the South African Health Review (SAHR) Information for contributing authors Abstract submission for the 2017 edition of the SAHR is now closed. The South African Health Review (SAHR), published annually by Health Systems Trust (HST), is an accredited peer-reviewed journal that is widely respected as an authoritative source of research, analysis and reflection on health systems. 2017 marks the 20th edition of the SAHR.  Successful candidates must send their full...
Vaccinate to protect against rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs
R News | 14 November 2016
In the wake of National Antibiotics Awareness Week (14 to 20 November), the spotlight will fall on the critical role that vaccines are likely to play in curbing anti-microbial resistance (AMR) - at least in the foreseeable future until a new stream of antiobiotics are brought to market, which according to experts may still be a long way off. Click on source URL to read more.
Law plays critical role in advancing public health
LexisNexis | 11 November 2016
 [Johannesburg, 11 November 2016] HIV is a daily reality for over 6 million South Africans, therefore, law professionals can – and must – play an active role in the fight against the epidemic by advising those that are infected and affected with HIV/AIDS. This is according to respected law, public health and human rights consultant, Amelia Vukeya Motsepe, who spoke at the Johannesburg launch on 10 November of a seminal, new publication dissecting South African...