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NHS to scrap single database of patients' medical details Care.data scheme to close after Fiona Caldicott review calls for tougher measures to keep information confidential
The Guardian | 6 July 2016
The government's scheme to store patients' medical information in a single database, which ran into massive problems over confidentiality, is to be scrapped, NHS England has said. The decision to axe the scheme, care.data, follows the publication of two reports that support far greater transparency over what happens to the information, and opt-outs for patients who want their data seen only by those directly caring for them. A review by the national data guardian, Dame Fiona...
Girls and Young Women Campaign and Competition
National Department of Health | 1 July 2016
The National Campaign for Young Women and Girls, is a coordinated campaign to intensify efforts to enable adolescent girls and young women to reach their potential and maximize their contribution to a democractic South Africa. The Campaign is born out of evidence which suggests a disproportionate burden of HIV among 15-24 year old adolescent girls and young women in South Africa. UNAIDS estimates that there are1 975 new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women aged 15-24 years...
Pooling of resources for NHI could lower cost of universal access
Health-e News | 30 June 2016
On Tuesday, Motsoaledi addressed the media along with members of the Board of Healthcare Funders following his article on the Sunday Times this weekend. As the debate on National Health Insurance (NHI) funding continues, the minister of health has come out in response to the criticism over the high cost associated with rolling out universal health care in South Africa. On Tuesday, Motsoaledi addressed the media along with members of the Board of As the debate on National Health Insurance (...
Second Durban Declaration
International AIDS Society | 30 June 2016
There has been remarkable progress in our response to AIDS since the global HIV community last convened in Durban in 2000. Curbing the spread of HIV was the first step . Accelerating investment and action on a robust human rights and social justice agenda is the next.
Medical aid board says SA has no choice but to back NHI
Bhekisisa | 28 June 2016
The industry body says the dwindling number of medical aid members means the government must act. South Africa's healthcare system is not merely unviable or unsustainable, "it is at the brink of collapse" if the government does not intervene, says the Board of Healthcare Funders, which represents most medical aid schemes in the country. "People are paying contributions to their medical schemes that are higher than inflation," Humphrey Zokufa, who heads the board,...
South Africa launches national HIV prevention campaign for young women and adolescent girls
UNAIDS | 24 June 2016
The Deputy President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, launched an ambitious national campaign to prevent HIV among young women and adolescent girls on 24 June in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. The campaign will respond to the unacceptably high rate of new HIV infections among young women and adolescent girls in the country.
The 2016 Young Physician Leaders programme -Call for nominations
iamp | 20 June 2016
The 2016 Young Physician Leaders programme(YPL)  call for nominations is now online and once more we look forward to receiving excellent candidates from South Africa . This year we are pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached  with the Berlin-based  European School of Management Technology (ESMT) which will be involved with us in coordinating the leadership training and we look forward to a very exciting programme.
Cancer doctors leading campaign to boost use of HPV vaccine
Washington Post | 19 June 2016
The nation’s leading cancer doctors are pushing pediatricians and other providers to help increase use of the HPV vaccine, which studies show could help avert tens of thousands of cancer cases during young Americans’ lives. Yet a decade after its controversial introduction, the vaccine remains stubbornly underused even as some of those diseases surge.
The World Could End AIDS if It Tried
New York Times | 13 June 2016
The world has made so much progress in reducing the spread of AIDS and treating people with H.I.V. that the epidemic has receded from the public spotlight. Yet by any measure the disease remains a major threat — 1.1 million people died last year from AIDS-related causes, and 2.1 million people were infected with the virus. And while deaths are down over the last five years, the number of new infections has essentially reached a plateau.
Billions of rand short for NHI to work
Financial Mail | 10 June 2016
Finally, we have confirmation: even government’s own numbers for National Health Insurance (NHI) just don’t add up. Government’s policy document — four years in the making, and finally gazetted last December — admits there’s a shortage of billions of rand if we want to make it work. Conveniently, that white paper doesn’t say exactly how much NHI will cost, or where the money is expected to come from. Nor do the numbers add up elsewhere: by the...
WHO: People in Zika-affected regions should consider delaying pregnancy
Washington Post | 9 June 2016
In a move with enormous social implications in countries hardest hit by Zika, the World Health Organization is recommending that millions of people in areas where the mosquito-borne virus is spreading now consider delaying pregnancy to avoid risking a baby born with serious brain damage.
WHO validates countries' elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis
WHO | 8 June 2016
The World Health Organization congratulates Thailand and Belarus for eliminating mother-to-child transmission of both HIV and syphilis. WHO also applauds Armenia and the Republic of Moldova for eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and syphilis, respectively. “To ensure children are born healthy is to give them the best possible start in life. It is immensely encouraging to see countries succeed in eliminating mother-to-child transmission of these 2 infections,” said...