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New system ‘causing delays’ at Natalspruit hospital
BDlive | 8 January 2015
The newly built Natalspruit Hospital in Ekurhuleni is experiencing technical glitches, with the paperless electronic system raising fears that the wellbeing of patients could be compromised.   The provincial health department downplayed the seriousness of the matter raised by the DA MPL Jack Bloom, who said the hospital management needed to improve soon so that patients could get decent care without lengthy delays.   "This is a major flaw that I had hoped would be fixed...
SA secures ‘world’s lowest prices’ for HIV drugs
BDlive | 6 January 2015
The Department of Health will be paying the lowest prices in the world in its next HIV/AIDS drug tender, despite not pushing prices down as far as it had hoped, it said on Monday.   The tender will run for three years from April 1 and is worth an estimated R14bn, according to local generic drugs maker Aspen Pharmacare.   Before the department called for bids last year, it published a reference price list detailing how much it was prepared to pay for various HIV/AIDS drugs.
Measles Outbreak Alert: South Africa
NICD | 19 December 2014
Over the past few months, there has been an increase in laboratory-confirmed (IgM positive) measles cases in five provinces (Gauteng, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Cape and Western Cape). Sporadic laboratory-confirmed measles cases have been noted in two additional provinces (Eastern Cape and Free State). No laboratory-confirmed measles cases have been reported from Limpopo and Northwest provinces during 2014 to date.   As at 4 December 2014, a cumulative total of 49 laboratory...
Comment: Good health without the fear of ruin
Mail&Guardian | 12 December 2014
Twenty years after the genocide, Rwanda’s health system is showing drastic improvements.   When I served as a paediatrician in Rwanda’s public hospitals, I devoted myself to building a future where children could reach their full potential without fear of disease.   Today, as Rwanda’s minister of health, I can attest to the great progress our country has made to improve the health of everyone living in the “land of a thousand hills”.  ...
BRICS health ministers adopt the UNAIDS Fast-Track strategy to end the AIDS epidemic
UNAIDS | 10 December 2014
Health ministers from Brazil, Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) have committed to adopting the UNAIDS Fast-Track strategy to end the AIDS epidemic as a global health threat by 2030.   The decision was announced at a meeting of the ministers of health of the BRICS countries, held in Brasilia, Brazil, from 4 to 5 December. The ministers agreed to endeavour to achieve the 90–90–90 HIV treatment target by 2020, which is to rapidly reduce new HIV...
Unions should rescue TAC, says Achmat
GroundUp | 10 December 2014
Former Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) leader, Zackie Achmat, has called on the trade unions to come to the rescue of TAC which has been mired in financial difficulties.   Sixteen years after its launch on 10 December 1998, TAC is the victim of its own success, as major donors re-assess the need to support the fight against HIV in the light of much improved treatment and falling death rates.   TAC’s insistence on the need to keep monitoring treatment and its...
By the numbers: National Health Insurance in Mpumalanga
Health-e News | 9 December 2014
It has been two years since Mpumalanga started its National Health Insurance (NHI) pilot site.
SA medical staff sought to treat Ebola in Sierra Leone
News24 | 8 December 2014
As part of South Africa’s response to the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, Right to Care is seeking healthcare professionals willing to work for three months in Sierra Leone.

   Skills in treating the condition   The recruitment process is part of the Department of Health’s Ebola Emergency Response and is currently underway. Applicants, who will ideally have ICU experience, are being offered full training, flights, transfers, salary, per diems,...
HIV/AIDS plan cited as fatalities fall
BDlive | 3 December 2014
The number of deaths registered in SA has fallen to its lowest level in more than a decade, providing clear evidence of the effect of the government’s very large HIV/AIDS treatment plan, which now reaches 2.7-million people.   The latest mortality report from Statistics SA, released on Tuesday, shows that 458,933 people died in SA last year, 6.5% less than in 2012 (491,100). It is the lowest number of deaths since 2002, when 502,797 deaths were registered.
Human rights commission probes Free State health department
City Press | 3 December 2014
The South African Human Rights Commission has launched an investigation into the Free State health department following several complaints over access to healthcare services.   “The commission’s investigation seeks to examine a number of factors, including the availability of healthcare, financial aspects, human resources, physical infrastructure and equipment, and drugs in the Free State,” commission spokesperson Isaac Mangena said today.   “It will...
SA has capacity and experience to contain Ebola
BDlive | 2 December 2014
SA has the capacity to contain Ebola should a case be imported into the country, says Peter Piot, one of the scientists who discovered the deadly virus almost 40 years ago.   Prof Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said SA was better placed than any other country on the continent to handle Ebola because it had better health infrastructure and more doctors and nurses than any of its peers.   It also had experience treating patients with...
Protection of health-care workers essential for well-functioning health systems
UNAIDS | 1 December 2014
When looking after people in health-care settings, health-care workers can be exposed to a broad range of infections, including HIV. Accidental exposure to HIV in health-care settings can largely be prevented by countries creating an enabling environment and providing the services that allow health-care workers to protect themselves and others from the risk of HIV infection. However, the use of criminal law can lead to miscarriages of justice.   In Uganda, the High Court of Kampala...