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Development Goals: Utopian dream or plausible plan?
Health-e News | 28 September 2015
For the next 15 years, the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals will guide what donors fund and what countries push – and the world may just take a page from Africa’s playbook as it pursue universal health coverage. Born in Springs on Johannesburg’s East Rand, Matshidiso Moeti grew up watching her doctor parents tend wounds and set bones in nearby KwaThema. The little girl destined for big things learned early that injustice and inequity were their own sorts of...
Beyond the health benefits, what does Family Planning have to do with the SDGs?
Knowledge for Health | 28 September 2015
The international community is abuzz with excitement about the new global development agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Officially being launched this month, the aims laid out are more ambitious and all encompassing than ever before. As such, they’ve generated an expectedly broad, diverse, and loud chorus of suggestions for their implementation. Everyone seems on the hunt for the best new idea or technology to carry the agenda forward. Yet after decades of work and...
Maternal mortality: Breaking avoidable barriers to healthcare
Daily Maverick | 25 September 2015
Last week, Amnesty International presented the sobering outcome of 18 months of fieldwork in the area of maternal healthcare to the Third World Social Sciences Forum in Durban. Lack of access, lack of privacy and lack of knowledge remain the great barriers to maternal and child health, and as a result, thousands of preventable deaths occur each year. But there is some light at the end of the tunnel.   Amnesty International researcher Louise Carmody, asked which stories stick out for...
Motsoaledi takes new jab at regulating medics’ placement
BDlive | 22 September 2015
The Health Department’s controversial plan to use a "certificate of need" to regulate where doctors work was among proposals contained in the White Paper on National Health Insurance, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi told delegates to the annual Hospital Association of SA conference on Monday.   The department has for years tried to introduce a policy that directs healthcare resources to where they are most needed, but has repeatedly run into obstacles.   In...
NHI to reduce cost of healthcare
Mail&Guardian | 22 August 2015
SA is working towards reducing the high cost of private healthcare and ensuring public healthcare is of quality.
Minister says long-awaited NHI white paper about to enter cabinet process
BDlive | 21 August 2015
The long-awaited white paper on National Health Insurance (NHI) and a linked discussion document on financing options are about to enter the cabinet process, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Friday told Parliament, repeating the refrain offered by the government for more than a year.   NHI has been high on the African National Congress (ANC)-led government’s political agenda since the party’s 2007 elective conference in Polokwane, but progress has so far been slow.
Pathology wage deal averts disruption
BDlive | 20 August 2015
The National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) and the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) have struck a one-year wage agreement, ensuring uninterrupted diagnostic pathology services for patients.   On Monday, parties agreed to a 7% wage increase, the phasing in of new salary scales and an end to any disciplinary action related to the nearly seven months of negotiations, NHLS board chairman Barry Schoub said on Wednesday.   The agreement has ended the...
Vaccine hesitancy: A growing challenge for immunization programmes
WHO | 18 August 2015
18 AUGUST 2015 | GENEVA - People who delay or refuse vaccines for themselves or their children are presenting a growing challenge for countries seeking to close the immunization gap. Globally, 1 in 5 children still do not receive routine life-saving immunizations, and an estimated 1.5 million children still die each year of diseases that could be prevented by vaccines that already exist, according to WHO.   In a special issue of the journal Vaccine, guest-edited by WHO and published...
Men equally at risk of HPV infection
Mail&Guardian | 11 August 2015
Boys should also be vaccinated for the Human Papillomavirus, which is the leading cause of cervical cancer, according to a report.   Experts argue that vaccinating boys as well as girls for the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) would have a dual advantage as it would protect both men and their female partners from infection. HPV is largely transmitted through sexual contact.   According to the South African Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, HPV is the most common...
Private healthcare sector capable of serving twice as many patients
BDlive | 29 July 2015
THE private healthcare sector could serve twice as many patients as it currently does if it provided better primary care services and admitted fewer patients to hospital, PPO Serve CEO Brian Ruff on Monday told delegates to the annual Board of Healthcare Funders conference. SA currently had approximately four private hospital beds per 1,000 insured lives, compared to developed countries which had closer to two private hospital beds per 1,000 insured lives, he said.
Basic medical aid could soon be within reach of the poor
BDlive | 29 July 2015
THE Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) could allow medical schemes to launch cheap products for low-income workers as early as next year, it emerged on Tuesday at the annual Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) conference. The CMS is a statutory body charged with regulating the medical schemes industry, while the BHF is an industry association for medical schemes and administrators. The CMS is hoping that low-cost benefit options will bring new members into the medical scheme market, which...
Private healthcare is 'wasteful'
Health-e News | 28 July 2015
Private healthcare is wasteful and over-dependent on hospitals, which makes it too expensive for a large group of working people to join medical schemes. As a result, scheme membership has stagnated at around 8,5 million people and is skewed towards older, sicker members. This was the assessment of healthcare consultant Dr Brian Ruff, speaking yesterday at the opening day of the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF), the group that represents medical schemes and administrators. Ruff said...