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Takalani Sesame: New project to combat child mortality
E-Health News | 23 August 2016
A new programme aimed at addressing the high mortality rate of children under five years old has been launched in the Eastern Cape – using puppets and educational play to teach small children basic healthcare that could save their lives. This latest project takes the form of multimedia resources developed by Sesame Workshop – the education arm of the popular children’s programme Takalani Sesame, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson. An educational app named Healthy...
‘Better Off Knowing’ campaign aims to encourage people living with HIV to access ARVs
Press Release | | 19 August 2016
In June, leading public health NGO Health Systems Trust (HST) launched its ‘Better Off Knowing’ campaign, motivating South Africans from all walks of life to get tested for HIV so that they know their status‒ and if HIV-positive, receive treatment and live longer. The high-profile campaign forms part of South Africa’s contribution to the ambitiousUNAIDS ‘Fast-Track’ 90-90-90global targetsfor combatting HIV in communities and achieving an AIDS-free generation by...
Heath System Trust | 19 August 2016
‘Better Off Knowing’ campaign aims to encouragepeople living with HIV to access ARVs In June, leading public health NGO Health Systems Trust (HST) launched its ‘Better Off Knowing’ campaign, motivating South Africans from all walks of life to get tested for HIV so that they know their status‒ and if HIV-positive, receive treatment and live longer.
Malnutrition is a leading cause of death in under-fives, but there’s a simple - and free - solution that could save lives
Bhekisisa | 18 August 2016
The African continent has the ignominious distinction of housing the seven countries in which the highest number of children die before their fifth birthday, according to the United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation. These countries — Angola, the Central African Republic, Chad, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Somalia — all have an under-five mortality rate above 100 deaths per 1 000 live births.
Healthcare report delayed in wait for more data
DBlive | 18 August 2016
The Competition Commission’s healthcare market inquiry has postponed the publication of its interim report, due for release last week, citing delays in obtaining key data from medical schemes and private hospitals. The inquiry was established to probe the nature of the private healthcare market, and determine whether there were barriers to effective competition and patient access. It was due to publish its interim report on August 5, with a final report and recommendations due on...
Funding sought for community healthcare worker policy
DBlive | 16 August 2016
The national Health Department is in talks with the National Treasury about funding community healthcare workers, Parliament heard on Tuesday. The Health Department’s deputy director-general for primary healthcare services Jeanette Hunter told the portfolio committee on health that a community healthcare worker policy had been drafted, but that it needed to be funded before it could be implemented. The policy covers pay, conditions of services, and how community healthcare workers...
SAHR 2017 call for chapters
| 16 August 2016
The South African Health Review (SAHR), published annually by Health Systems Trust (HST), is an accredited peer-reviewed journal that is widely respected as an authoritative source of research, analysis and reflection on health systems. 2017 marks the 20th edition of the SAHR. To commemorate the occasion, chapters that give consideration to advances made in the health system over the past 20 years, or reflect on what the next 20 years may bring, are actively being sought.
Hormonal contraception and the risk of HIV acquisition
WHO | 9 August 2016
The expert review group will assess whether current WHO guidance needs to change in the light of a new review of data, published in AIDS on 9 August 2016, which was commissioned by WHO. For the past 25 years, there has been mixed evidence as to whether use of hormonal contraceptive methods (particularly depot medroxyprogesterone acetate [DMPA]) is associated with a woman’s risk of acquiring HIV. WHO is committed to engaging with stakeholders and has been continuously monitoring and...
Ebola, Zika & Zoonotic Disease Threats in Africa
The Brenthurst Foundation | 4 August 2016
Professor Janusz Paweska of the National Institute of Communicable Diseases will present the main findings of the Brenthurst Foundation Special Report “Unnecessary Ebola-Related Deaths” by Helen Epstein) and especially the aspects on the West African Ebola outbreak response in which he was directly involved. He will provide an update of how Sierra Leone and Liberia are dealing with the aftermath of the Ebola epidemic. He will also share with the audience where we are with the Zika...
Family planning is a key development goal that needs greater investment
The Guardian | 1 August 2016
Family planning is much more than a vital health and human rights intervention (Critical moment for family planning as funds come under pressure, 28 July). Investments in voluntary family planning are also investments in sustainable development, and therefore should be of as much of concern to ministers of finance as to ministers of health.
Aids research: High risk, top science
Financial Mail | 29 July 2016
SA is at the epicentre of the global HIV/Aids epidemic, and its scientists are at the very heart of the quest to stop it in its tracks. No other high-burden country has the same scientific capacity, placing SA in a unique position to contribute to game-changing research, says Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy & Infectious Diseases at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). “SA is truly unique in this respect. There are some other countries in...
Next HIV plan needs to be based on latest evidence
Health-e News | 29 July 2016
We are on the brink of getting a new National Strategic Plan (NSP) for HIV, TB and STIs, and it is vital that the new plan avoids the mistakes of the past At the end of this year South Africa’s big plan to fight HIV and tuberculosis (TB) comes to an end. The National Strategic Plan (NSP) for HIV, TB and STIs 2012 – 2016 will be replaced by the 2017 – 2021 NSP. It is vital that the new NSP avoids the mistakes of the past and fully incorporates new scientific evidence. It is...