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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...
Significant attrition at each stage of HIV care cascade in South Africa - Over half of HIV-infected men undiagnosed
AIDSmap | 6 June 2016
There is significant attrition at each stage of the HIV care continuum in South Africa, according to a study published in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. The population-based research was conducted in North West Province and revealed that of those with HIV, only 48% of men and 76% of women were aware they were infected. Patients were then lost at each stage in the cascade of HIV care. Overall, just 22% of HIV-positive men and 56% of HIV-positive...
Second Durban Declaration
International AIDS Society | 1 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.
NHI: More pragmatism and less ideology
Health-e News | 30 May 2016
Just as the apartheid regime fed it’s supporters with horror stories about marauding ‘Reds’ out to confiscate everything privately owned, so some post-apartheid ANC leaders have made the private sector synonymous with everything that is greedy and selfish. Like most things, the truth is often found somewhere in between, which is why the “triple Ps” – public-private partnerships – can be effective in delivering services by harnessing the public...
Virtual GPs' weak pulse
Times Live | 26 May 2016
South Africans love their mobile phones, but not when they replace a doctor. Unlike the Chinese, South Africans have not taken to mobile consultations with GPs. In January Discovery launched a service that allows members to use a smartphone app to discuss symptoms with a GP over a video call. But, according to CEO Jonathan Broomberg, the South African uptake has been weak, although it has taken off in China. According to Broomberg, Discovery's business partner in China has a call...