Mpumalanga's health is failing - but it won't take it's medicine
Mail & Guardian | 12 February 2016
The Mpumalanga department of health incurred nearly R2-billion in irregular expenditure in the 2014-2015 financial year - making up more than 80% of the province's total irregular expenditure, according to the auditor general's report.
The report, released in November, reveals that the department failed to investigate the irregular expenditure identified in the 2013-2014 financial year.
The department “has [also] been struggling to address a qualification on assets for the...
Home HIV tests no suicide risk
Timeslive | 10 February 2016
The South African Pharmacy Council has relaxed the regulation prohibiting chemists from selling HIV home-testing kits for private use.
So South Africans concerned about their HIV status can now go to their local pharmacy and buy a home HIV test.
In the past, the only way to self test would be to purchase the kit online because the law did not cover websites.
The law changed in May last year but inexplicably has only just been announced by the council.
When testing at home, without...
Concern grows at Catholic church's silence over Zika virus crisis.
The Guardian | 4 February 2016
Critics draw comparison with church view on Aids/HIV as proscription remains on artificial contraception and abortion despite virus's links with birth defects.
The Catholic church has remained silent in the face of the mounting crisis caused by the Zika virus in Latin America, which has led at least four countries to urge women to avoid pregnancy for up to two years.
No rise in SA's ARV resistance
Times Live | 3 February 2016
So said the deputy director of the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, Francois Venter, in response to global reports that resistance to HIV drugs is on the rise in Africa.
According to a study published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases Journal, 60% of 2000 HIV patients in sub-Saharan Africa, tested because they had failed to respond adequately to tenofovir - one of the most commonly used antiretrovirals - had developed resistance to it.
Researchers at University College London...
Forced virginity-testing is unlawful and offensive, and will not prevent HIV-AIDS
Daily Maverick | 2 February 2016
Bathabile Dlamini is South Africa’s Minister of Social development and President of the ANC Women's League.
The print media and social media have been abuzz with the decision by the uThukela District Municipality in Kwazulu-Natal to put in place a bursary scheme for girls provided that they remain virgins.
Nurses leaving SA in droves
Pretoria News | 2 February 2016
Pretoria - More and more South African nurses are taking their skills and knowledge abroad for the promise of more pay and better working conditions.
This has plunged the country’s healthcare sector and nursing profession deep into crisis, the Pretoria News learnt on Monday.
The hardest-hit victims of the exodus are children, the sick, poor and elderly and those who live in areas where healthcare was already scarce, stakeholders said.
Hundreds of thousands of well-trained and...
Newsletter of the HIV, TB, and MNCWH Cluster
National Department of Health | 1 February 2016
In the September newsletter we noted that the United Nations was getting ready to adopt the SDGs It’s now January 2016 and the SDGs have been adopted and its implementation should have commenced. Whilst many of the detailed targets and indicators will only be finalised by April this year, we know what some of the targets are and need to take these into account in all the plans that we develop. In this newsletter we look at both the targets for selected activities and our current...
Motsoaledi does not want NHI to limit choices
South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has distanced himself from a controversial proposal in the White Paper on National Health Insurance (NHI) to slash the benefits offered by medical schemes, saying the state should not limit patients’ choices.
He has also dismissed the paper’s cost projections, saying NHI is a long term-project that should be financed on a programme-by-programme basis.
The White Paper, released by the minister for public comment on December 11,...
WHO Director-General summarizes the outcome of the Emergency Committee on
WHO statement on the first meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee on Zika virus and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations.
I convened an Emergency Committee, under the International Health Regulations, to gather advice on the severity of the health threat associated with the continuing spread of Zika virus disease in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Committee met today by teleconference.
In assessing the level of...
Breast is best for babies, mothers and economy
Breastfeeding saves lives and money in all countries, rich and poor alike," said Cesar Victora from the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil, one of the authors of a research series published by The Lancet medical journal.
"There is a widespread misconception that the benefits of breastfeeding only relate to poor countries. Nothing could be further from the truth," he said in a statement.
The findings were based on analysis of 28 scientific reviews and meta-analyses that...
HPCSA is taking ‘corrective action’
Health-e News | 28 January 2016
The Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) is taking “corrective action” to address its shortcoming, which were identified by the Ministerial Task Team (MTT) set up by Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi. The HPCSA is due to meet the Minister today to update him on progress made since the MTT report was issued last November.
The HPCSA is due to meet the Minister today to update him on progress made since the MTT report was issued last November.
Epidemics on the horizon if threats not addressed - MSF
Mail & Guardian | 26 January 2016
The international aid organisation, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), has warned that without proper investment, epidemics of cholera, malaria, measles and meningitis are likely to pose a significant threat in the year ahead.
“At the same time, the threat posed by emerging and re-emerging virus and parasite-spread diseases – such as dengue fever, Zika, Ebola and kala-azar – needs to be faced,” warned the organisation’s Monica Rull in a statement ahead of the World...