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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...
Diabetes: Risk factors and lifestyle interventions
BioMed Central | 14 November 2014
Today is World Diabetes Day and this year it is centred on the theme of healthy living and diabetes. To mark this, we take a look at some of the recent research and discussions on risk factors and lifestyle interventions associated with type 2 diabetes*.   The rise in the global burden of diabetes is expected to challenge healthcare systems. Already, it is estimated that 29.1 million people in the US have the condition. Diabetes is one of the four main non-communicable diseases and...
SA short of psychologists
Independent Online | 13 November 2014
Johannesburg - The Health Department is not doing quite as well as it thinks when it comes to mental health professionals.   The ministry thinks it’s doing 10 times better than it actually is.   Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi recently told Parliament there were 0.32 psychiatrists employed by his department per 10 000 people in and 0.7 clinical psychologists per 10 000 people.   He was replying to a question by DA MP Dr Heinrich Volmink.  ...
Vaccine lowers child pneumonia and meningitis by 70%
Mail&Guardian | 12 November 2014
South Africa was the first African country to introduce the expensive but effective pneumococcal vaccine, Prevenar, into its immunisation programme.   A pneumococcal vaccine introduced into the government’s immunisation programme in 2009 has reduced the incidence of pneumococcal disease, usually pneumonia or meningitis, in South African children under the age of two by almost 70%, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Tuesday.   The...
What are the barriers that could stop HIV treatment becoming HIV prevention?
aidsmap | 12 November 2014
One of the key strategies involved in trying to bring an end to the HIV epidemic is to increase the proportion of HIV-positive people on antiretroviral therapy (ART), to the point where suppressing their viral load starts to reduce onward infection.   What is usually called ‘treatment as prevention’ lies behind the ambitious new target announced by UNAIDS earlier this year to diagnose 90% of people with HIV worldwide, treat 90% of them, and supress HIV below detectability...
2013/14 SAHR, 2013/14 DHB and NHRD launch event in Pretoria on 29 October 2014
Health Systems Trust | 4 November 2014
Health Systems Trust hosted a combined launch of the 2013/14 South African Health Review (SAHR), the 2013/14 District Health Barometer (DHB) and the National Health Research Database (NHRD) at a high profile function on Wednesday 29 October 2014 in Pretoria.
More gymslip mothers
TimesLIVE | 30 October 2014
Teenage pregnancies are on the rise.   According to The Health Systems Trust's latest District Health Barometer, 1166 more teenage girls fell pregnant last year than in the previous year.   Just over 7.8% of all expectant mothers last year were teenagers, a total of 74070, the trust's 600-page report stated.   Ten percent of all births in Northern Cape and Eastern Cape were to teenage mothers.
Experts mull ways to fund, manage National Health Insurance
Health-e News | 30 October 2014
The National Health Insurance (NHI) is likely to revolutionise health funding. This could include new, business-like approaches to health and new roles for medical aids in the post-NHI world, according to latest South African Health Review released last night.   To implement the NHI, South Africa will need to increase government spending on health to about five percent of the country’s gross domestic product – or economic output, according to the review.
New barometer reveals the haves and the have nots
Health-e News | 30 October 2014
Life is hardest for people living in the Eastern Cape’s Alfred Nzo district, where fewer than six out of 100 households have inside taps.   This is according to the latest District Health Barometer (DHB) 2013/14, produced annually by Health Systems Trust.   While Cape Town, Johannesburg and Tshwane residents have the best standard of living out of the countries’ 52 districts, the bottom eight districts are all in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.  ...
'Unnecessarily high' Caesarean section rate is cause for concern
Mail&Guardian | 29 October 2014
More women are having C-section births in SA, but authors of the 2013/14 District Health Barometer warn that this increase is "a matter of concern".   The inability of labour ward staff to interpret medical technology used to monitor the foetal heart beat during child birth, and the lack of skilled midwives who can perform assisted deliveries have led to South Africa’s cesarean section (C-section) rate having doubled since 2000/2001.   That’s according...