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US retracts plan to cut HIV/AIDS funds for SA
BDlive | 12 July 2016
The US government said on Monday that it would provide $410m to SA's HIV/AIDS programmes for the fiscal year starting October 1, highlighting how it still provides support to SA despite plans to slash funding. In 2012 it emerged that the US President’s Emergency Programme for Aids Relief (Pepfar) intended to cut its financial assistance to SA by 50% or more over five years. Strong lobbying by the Department of Health ensured it never cut back on the scale initially envisaged,...
“Better off knowing” campaign aims to mobilise communities to test for HIV
Press Release | | 8 July 2016
This month, leading public health NGO Health Systems Trust (HST) launches its “Better off knowing” campaign, motivating South Africans from all walks of life to get tested for HIV so that they know their status, receive treatment and live longer. The high-profile campaign forms part of South Africa’s response to the ambitiousUNAIDS ‘Fast-Track’ 90-90-90global targetsfor combatting HIV in communities and achieving an AIDS-free generation by 2030. Launched in...
Better off knowing” campaign aims to mobilise communities to test for HIV
Heath System Trust | 8 July 2016
This month, leading public health NGO Health Systems Trust (HST) launches its “Better off knowing” campaign, motivating South Africans from all walks of life to get tested for HIV so that they know their status, receive treatment and live longer. The high-profile campaign forms part of South Africa’s response to the ambitiousUNAIDS ‘Fast-Track’ 90-90-90global targetsfor combatting HIV in communities and achieving an AIDS-free generation by 2030. Launched in...
Health Systems Global Strategic Plan 2016-2020
Health Systems Global | 7 July 2016
The purpose of this strategic plan is to guide Health Systems Global through a phase of consolidation and intensification of activities, following the incipient period (2014-2016) when Health Systems Global was established and forged its identity.
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.