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4 things South Africa is doing to safeguard medicines
Health-e News | 23 November 2015
4 things South Africa is doing to safeguard medicines In an effort to combat medicine shortages, South Africa will roll out a first of its kind early warning system to identify drug stock outs before they happen. See what else the country is doing to keep pills in patients’ hands.
Speak up for affordable medicine
IOL | 19 November 2015
US and European pharmaceutical industries see South Africa as “ground zero” for keeping their large profit margins, say Julia Hill and Catherine Tomlinson. Cape Town - Imagine that a diagnosis has turned your life upside down. Perhaps it is HIV and you must now take daily treatment for the rest of your life to remain healthy – but sometimes the pills are not available in the clinic because the single company supplying the medicine could not deliver enough. Or you could...
Dreams initiative for adolescent girls and young women in South Africa
UNAIDS | 17 November 2015
Adolescent girls and young women must be empowered to provide the leadership that is needed to reduce new HIV infections in the highest burden countries in eastern and southern Africa. This is the message that Luiz Loures, UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director, shared during the launch of an international initiative in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 17 November that aims to keep adolescent girls and young women free from HIV.
WHO calls on countries to protect health from climate change
WHO | 17 November 2015
Climate change is the defining issue for the 21st century.   According to WHO estimates, climate change is already causing tens of thousands of deaths every year - from shifting patterns of disease, from extreme weather events, such as heat-waves and floods, and from the degradation of air quality, food and water supplies, and sanitation.   The upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP-21) in Paris offers the world an important opportunity to not only reach a...
South African civil society for women's, adolescents and children' health
Department of Health | 16 November 2015
PRESS STATEMENT AND INVITATION: SOUTH AFRICAN CIVIL SOCIETY FOR WOMEN’S, ADOLESCENTS’ AND CHILDREN’S HEALTH (SACSoWACH) IN PROUD ASSOCIATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO COMMEMORATE WORLD PREMATURITY DAY ON THE 16TH OF NOVEMBER 2015   Preterm birth is the world's largest killer of babies, causing more than 1 million deaths each year, yet 75 percent could be saved without high technology care.
SA still battling to reduce rates of HIV
Times Live | 15 November 2015
SA still battling to reduce rates of HIV transmission   South Africa is still battling to reduce rates of HIV transmission‚ particularly among young women‚ says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Opening the plenary session of the South African Aids Council in Kempton Park on the East Rand‚ Ramaphosa said important progress had been made in several areas in the battle to curb AIDS. “We have continued to expand our HIV treatment programme‚ with over...
Report finds Free State health services 'ineffective'
Mail & Guardian | 10 November 2015
A commission of inquiry into the Free State's healthcare has found that the province's lack of services endanger the lives of vulnerable people. The South African government, in particular the provincial Free State government, are failing to assume their responsibility to protect access to healthcare services, especially for the poor. This is the main finding of the People’s Commission of Inquiry into the Free State healthcare system, which released its report on Tuesday.
Motsoaledi finds HPCSA in state of 'dysfunction'
Mail & Guardian | 6 November 2015
A task team set up by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has found the HPCSA has failed to function effectively. A ministerial task team has found the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) to be “in a state of multi-system organisational dysfunction” which has resulted in the body’s failure to function effectively.  The team has recommended that an interim executive management team be appointed. The HPCSA regulates the education, training, registration...
Hormonal contraception safe for women with HIV and may have important health benefits
aidsmap | 6 November 2015
HIV-positive women can safely use hormonal contraception, according to research published in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. Hormonal implants and injectable contraceptives were associated with a reduced mortality risk, and use of injectables delayed the need for antiretroviral therapy (ART). Pregnancy did not increase the risk of death or the need to start ART, while breastfeeding was protective against both these outcomes. The study was conducted...
HST Conference 2016 update
Health Systems Trust | 6 November 2015
View our video on the objectives, topics and participation in the HST Conference taking place from 4-6 May 2016 at the Birchwood Conference Centre, Boksburg, Gauteng. Click here.
NHI work founders on slow spending
Times Live | 4 November 2015
The Department of Health spent only 21% of a conditional grant for National Health Insurance pilot districts. Last week the parliamentary portfolio committee on health, discussing how the Department of Health had spent its budget in the 2014-2015 financial year, said it spent 83% of a R76- million grant aimed at improving medicine supply and providing primary health care. It also spent only 21% of a second grant of R388-million. The 2014-2015 under-expenditure equalled R305-million - up...
Estimated number of TB cases in children double, but better reporting may lead to advances
Stellenbosch University | 4 November 2015
Progress made in the fight against childhood TB although many children still die of TB, says Stellenbosch University   The World Health Organization (WHO) has released its 2015 Global TB report, revealing a million cases of TB among children worldwide, with 140 000 children dying from tuberculosis in 2014.     While this is double the estimate of childhood TB deaths compared to last year’s WHO report, the Desmond Tutu TB Centre (DTTC) at Stellenbosch University...