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Competition Commission extends private healthcare inquiry timetable
BDlive | 20 October 2015
The Competition Commission has extended the timetable for its private healthcare market inquiry, and now plans to start public hearings on February 1, almost a year after they were originally slated to get underway. The Competition Commission has extended the timetable for its private healthcare market inquiry, and now plans to start public hearings on February 1, almost a year after they were originally slated to get underway. It has also extended the deadline for completing its final...
Health Systems Trust launches the latest editions of the annual South African Health Review and District Health Barometer
Press Release | Health Systems Trust | 20 October 2015
Media Release    (Embargoed until 18h00 on Tuesday 20 October 2015)     Health Systems Trust launches the latest editions of the annual South African Health Review and District Health Barometer   Launch details:   Date: Tuesday 20 October 2015  Venue: Southern Sun Hotel Cnr.
Rising antibiotic resistance increasing risks of routine surgery – study
The Guardian | 16 October 2015
Common procedures and chemotherapy will be virtually impossible if problem is not tackled urgently. Routine surgery and chemotherapy may become all but impossible unless urgent action is taken to halt the waning efficacy of antibiotic drugs, according to research. A paper says rising resistance to antibiotics routinely used to prevent patients getting infections during and after surgery is a disaster. It will mean increased risk for operations such as caesareans, hip replacements and...
Low-cost medical schemes delayed
BDlive | 16 October 2015
The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has withdrawn its guidelines for low-income medical schemes in response to criticism from key stakeholders such as the South African Medical Association, dealing a blow to medical schemes that planned to launch such products early next year. The CMS said on Thursday it planned to publish revised guidelines as soon as possible, but did not specify a deadline. Last month the council approved an exemption framework to the Medical Schemes Act that created...
Palliative care: For all ages and all diseases
WHO | 15 October 2015
Twelve-year-old Godfrey was lonely, angry and depressed when he was admitted to hospital with heart failure and tuberculosis. Godfrey had been living with HIV since birth. His parents died long ago. But at the Sunflower Children’s Hospice in South Africa, health and palliative care providers gave Godfrey the support he needed to improve his quality of life and preserve his dignity up until his tragically early death. 
South African Health Review 2015/16 Call for Chapters
Health Systems Trust | 15 October 2015
Abstract submission for the 2016 edition of the SAHR is now closed.  Information for authors of accepted abstracts can be found below: Deadline for full manuscripts:  12 February 2016 Strict adherence to the author’s guidelines (attached below) is essential. Authors of accepted abstracts are required to e-mail their full manuscripts to editor@hst.org.zano later than Friday, 12 February 2016.  All manuscripts will undergo systematic peer review according to...
Sugar daddies: What's in it for teens
The Mercury | 9 October 2015
Durban - Even where HIV knowledge is high, the benefits of relationships involving young women and “sugar daddies” are seen by the women to outweigh the risks. So says a University of KwaZulu-Natal professor. Speaking during a panel discussion last week, Professor Beverley Haddad said these relationships were not seen by the parties involved to pose any risk. She and Professor Gerald West, along with Bongi Zengele, a PhD candidate, were part of the discussion at the...
South Africans urged to get eyes tested
SABC News | 8 October 2015
National Eye Care Awareness’ Senior Optometrist Rudine Diedericks says eye tests are important in detection of diseases that could lead to blindness. Thursday is World Sight Day, an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October.
China to build 100 hospitals and clinics in Africa
Mail & Guardian | 7 October 2015
Chinese and African health ministers have adopted a declaration to increase access to facilities, medication, health workers and training in Africa. China-Africa co-operation on health strengthened when health ministers from South Africa, China and other African countries adopted a declaration on Tuesday at the conclusion of the second Ministerial Forum of China-Africa Health Development held in Cape Town this week. “One of the offers made by China was to build 100...
Save the Date: Health Systems Trust Conference 2016
Health Systems Trust | 1 October 2015
Health Systems Trust (HST) is hosting a conference from 4-6 May 2016 at the Birchwood Conference Centre, Boksburg, Gauteng.  Under the banner of Strengthened health systems for sustainable development: sharing, supporting, synergising, the event is designed to advance the global public health agenda in improving health outcomes. Click here to visit the HST Conference website.
Development Goals: Utopian dream or plausible plan?
Health-e News | 28 September 2015
For the next 15 years, the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals will guide what donors fund and what countries push – and the world may just take a page from Africa’s playbook as it pursue universal health coverage. Born in Springs on Johannesburg’s East Rand, Matshidiso Moeti grew up watching her doctor parents tend wounds and set bones in nearby KwaThema. The little girl destined for big things learned early that injustice and inequity were their own sorts of...
Beyond the health benefits, what does Family Planning have to do with the SDGs?
Knowledge for Health | 28 September 2015
The international community is abuzz with excitement about the new global development agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Officially being launched this month, the aims laid out are more ambitious and all encompassing than ever before. As such, they’ve generated an expectedly broad, diverse, and loud chorus of suggestions for their implementation. Everyone seems on the hunt for the best new idea or technology to carry the agenda forward. Yet after decades of work and...