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Transforming the health system, one kunjani at a time
Health Systems Trust | 30 April 2015
Sarah Davids believes that the use of a simple word, “kunjani”, has the power to transform lives. Kunjani means “how are you” in the Nguni languages, which are widely spoken in southern Africa.   As the manager of HST’s Wellness for Effective Leadership Programme (WEL), Davids says spending a few minutes in the morning to “check in” with your colleagues, can change the way in which they work. The Wellness for Effective Leadership programme...
Global vaccination targets ‘off-track’ warns WHO
WHO | 22 April 2015
22 APRIL 2015 | GENEVA – Progress towards global vaccination targets for 2015 is far off-track with 1 in 5 children still missing out on routine life-saving immunizations that could avert 1.5 million deaths each year from preventable diseases. In the lead-up to World Immunization Week 2015 (24–30 April), WHO is calling for renewed efforts to get progress back on course. In 2013 nearly 22 million infants missed out on the required three doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis-...
SA joins new Global TB Vaccine Research Partnership
SABC | 22 April 2015
The year 2015 will see the development of a new Global TB Vaccine Partnership (GTBV) in a quest to advance clinical candidates for further research and development to prevent and treat Tuberculosis. Established at the 4th Global TB Vaccines Forum currently taking place in Shanghai China, South Africa has now joined forces with the European Investment bank, European Commission, the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation and the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (...
DJs for a day
Press Release | Health Systems Trust | 17 April 2015
HST staff recently felt like DJs for a day, when they recorded radio adverts for a new project in the Northern Cape and Limpopo.   Andile Masilela, Roger Tevan and Melton Mashudu Mbedzi were asked to be the voice artists for the Power of Knowing project currently underway in the Northern Cape and Limpopo.   The project, funded by KfW (the German Development Bank) through the Development Bank of Southern Africa, will provide free HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) services...
Easy access to chronic medication in NHI districts
Health Systems Trust | 17 April 2015
Once every month, the elderly Maggie Mogati used to jump out of bed before five, to catch a taxi from her home in Tshing township to the local clinic in Ventersdorp in the North West Province. Just a few minutes’ delay could make the difference between getting a good place in the queue, or sitting there for the better part of the day.   However, all that has changed since she joined the Central Chronic Medicine Distribution and Dispensing Programme (CCMDDP).   These...
Caesarean births can be dangerous - report
Independent Online | 14 April 2015
C-sections are generally regarded as a safer method of delivery, with many birth experts opting for them in emergency situations as an attempt to save the lives of mothers and babies.   Cape Town A new investigation into Caesarean-section deaths shows that this method is dogged by problems and could be riskier than natural birth.   The latest research on maternal deaths in the country by Stellenbosch University, UCT, Mowbray Maternity Hospital and the University of KwaZulu-...
Lowest weekly Ebola figure in nearly a year: WHO
SABC | 9 April 2015
Thirty confirmed cases of Ebola were reported in West Africa in the past week, the smallest number in nearly a year of the worst-ever outbreak of the deadly fever, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday.   "This is the lowest weekly total since the third week of May 2014," the WHO said in its latest update.   The virus is receding in Liberia, which reported no cases in the week to April 5, and in Sierra Leone, which reported nine, its fifth...
TB: Taxis’ deadly passenger
Health-e News | 9 April 2015
Millions of South Africans rely on minibus taxis daily, but South Africa’s most widely used mode of public transport could also be ferrying a deadly passenger.   About a 100 members of the AIDS lobby group the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) recently took to some of Johannesburg’s busiest taxi ranks to spread awareness about tuberculosis (TB).
Multi-organization call to action identifies and addresses safety concerns in labor and delivery
EurekAlert! | 8 April 2015
The four collaborating organizations are the American College of Nurse-Midwives; the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses; and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Additionally, these organizations partnered with VitalSmarts, a research and training organization.   The report, "Transforming Communication and Safety Culture in Intrapartum Care: A Multi-organization Blueprint," follows...
HIV: New approach against virus 'holds promise'
BBC | 8 April 2015
The first human trial of a new type of HIV therapy suggests it could be a promising weapon in the fight against the virus.   Reports in the journal Nature show infusions of so-called broadly neutralising antibodies could suppress the amount of HIV in a patient's blood.   The approach uses clones of immune proteins taken from a rare individual who has natural control of the disease.   Scientists hope with further work this could bolster current treatments....
Checkpoint: Clinic patient cards out HIV positive parents
eNCA | 31 March 2015
JOHANNESBURG - Driving from Johannesburg to Mthatha with cameraman Clive Mtshali to do this story gave me plenty of time to think. "How come whenever I come to my province to do a story, somewhere at the root of it lurks under-development, incompetence, or insensitive officialdom?" The last time I was in the Eastern Cape to do a story for Checkpoint was in 2014, when I told the story of Luyiso High School in PE and how promising young rugby players were simply unable to...
Dispute declared in public sector pay talks
Moneyweb | 29 March 2015
Public service unions and the government have failed to reach an agreement on workers’ pay.   South African public service unions and the government have failed to reach an agreement on workers’ pay, a government official confirmed on Saturday, raising the prospect of a major strike in Africa’s most advanced economy.   Any strike action by the 1.3 million nurses, teachers and police officers will hurt investor sentiment and hit economic growth, forecast at...