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Concern over NHI’s failure to woo doctors
BDlive | 16 March 2015
Four years into implementing National Health Insurance (NHI), the Department of Health has failed to persuade significant numbers of private sector general practitioners (GPs) to work in its facilities, raising doubts about its feasibility.   So far only 175 doctors have been contracted to work in state clinics in 10 of the 11 NHI pilot districts, a far cry from the target of 900 the department had hoped to reach by the end of this month.
New scheme to help patients in Province
Diamond Fields Advertiser | 13 March 2015
Patients in the Pixley ka Seme District who are on chronic medication now have more options to choose from when it comes to collecting their medication.   The Central Chronic Medicine Distribution and Dispensing Programme (CCMDDP) is a joint initiative between Health Systems Trust (HST) and the Department of Health, funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Pharmaceutical Public Health short courses
University of the Western Cape | 13 March 2015
Rational Medicines Use Course: 29 June - 3 July 2015 Medicines Supply Management Course: 6 - 10 July 2015   Two, 1-week short courses on medicines use and management will be offered during the School of Public Health (SOPH) Winter School at the University of the Western Cape (UWC).
Health professionals council probed
BDlive | 11 March 2015
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has launched an independent investigation of allegations against the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA), including maladministration and fitness of its managers to lead it.   The HPCSA is a statutory body established in terms of the Health Professions Act. Its responsibilities include dealing with complaints from the public about medical practitioners, and accreditation of doctors and training institutions.
MLAC aims to reduce AIDS prevalence in Mpumalanga
SABC | 10 March 2015
The Mbombela Local Municipality has launched the Mbombela Local Aids Council (MLAC). The Council is aimed at supporting local people infected with HIV/AIDS by offering counselling and provision of medication if necessary.    This will be done through the involved stakeholders who offer different kinds of expertise and are part of the Council. South Africa has the highest HIV prevalence in the whole world second to India.   Mpumalanga comes second after KwaZulu-Natal...
Call for nominations: National Planning Commission
Health-e News | 10 March 2015
The minister of planning, monitoring and evaluation and National Planning Commission chairperson have launched a call for nominations of individuals to serve on the National Planning Commission. The deadline for submissions is 10 April.   The first National Planning Commission was appointed by President Jacob Zuma in 2010 for a period of five years. The term of office of the current commissioners will expire in May 2015. The president intends to appoint commissioners for a further...
SA to get medical ombudsman
health24 | 10 March 2015
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has announced that the Department of Health in South Africa will be advertising a position for their first ombudsman.   Medical negligence claims   Speaking yesterday at the Medico Legal Summit in Centurion on the topic of medical negligence, Motsoaledi indicated that the role of the ombudsman would be to address the “challenges” in both private and public healthcare.   According to the City Press, Motsoaledi has warned...
Doctors under siege: Motsoaledi
Cape Times | 9 March 2015
Unprecedented levels of litigation for alleged malpractice by doctors have crippled South Africa’s health system, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said.   Speaking at a two-day medico-legal summit in Pretoria, Motsoaledi said student doctors were now reluctant to study obstetrics, gynaecology, neurosurgery, neonatology and orthopaedics.   “In our country, the cost of indemnity insurance for private specialists in neurosurgery increased by a whopping 573 percent...
Does Depo-Provera increase the risk of HIV transmission? What the data really says
PSI Impact | 3 March 2015
With all the controversy swirling around Depo-Provera and HIV risk — the alarmist headlines and counter-arguments about the assumed relationship and the need for future studies— one might want to reconsider the injectable hormonal contraceptive, right? Well, not so fast, says Dr. Paul Blumenthal, Stanford professor and global medical director of PSI.   A few studies have suggested that the injectable hormonal contraception Depo-Provera is associated with a higher risk of...
Most doctors give in to requests by parents to alter vaccine schedules
The New York Times | 2 March 2015
A wide majority of pediatricians and family physicians acquiesce to parents who wish to delay vaccinating their children, even though the doctors feel these decisions put children at risk for measles, whooping cough and other ailments, a new survey has found.   Physicians who reluctantly agreed said they did so to build trust with families and to avoid losing them as patients.   The survey, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, asked a nationally representative sample...
A minister with an HPV mission
Independent Online | 2 March 2015
Pretoria – Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi remembers the moment he committed himself to changing the future of girls in South Africa.   A medical doctor working in the public health system, he was having to admit mothers, wives, sisters and daughters to hospital to die of cervical cancer.   He saw the debilitating effect their condition had on them, their families – and also on doctors like him, and the nurses and medical students working around him....
E-procurement in support of universal health coverage
WHO | 2 March 2015
Kenya is gearing up for digital bidding on essential medicines’ contracts, part of a wave of African countries looking at procurement to improve transparency, bring down costs and support universal health coverage. Gary Humphreys reports.   Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2015;93:138-139. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2471/BLT.15.020315   John Kabuchi, procurement manager for the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority, can feel it coming.