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Crisis? What crisis? Africa Check tests Free State health claims
Mail&Guardian | 12 June 2015
With last year's provincial medical services data now available, Africa Check questions the Free State health's assertions of "significant progress".   When doctors working in Free State government hospitals went public with a damning whistle-blower’s account in February, the provincial government’s spokesperson, Mondli Mvambi, responded by saying that the health system was “not collapsing”.   In a statement issued by Mvambi –...
Resource: HIV Clinical Guidelines app
Health-e News | 12 June 2015
Launched by the Department of Health yesterday, this free app puts South Africa’s HIV guidelines at the fingertips of health workers and patients.   Made by The Open Medicine Project, the free app allows health workers and patients to access the latest national HIV guidelines via smart phones or tablets.
Media Statement: Medicines Control Council to fast-track sourcing of active pharmaceutical ingredients pre-qualified by the World Health Organization, for the relevant medicines
GCIS | 10 June 2015
During the meeting held with executives from a number of pharmaceutical companies on Friday 5 June 2015, the Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi was informed that the pharmaceutical industry are experiencing problems supplying various medicines to both the private and public sectors.    The Department of Health is putting alternative measures in place to address this issue, with the assistance of the Medicines Control Council (MCC).   One of the reasons cited by the...
Emergency medicines flown in to plug gap
BDlive | 8 June 2015
The Department of Health is set to fly in an emergency stock of 20 key medicines from global suppliers to fill the gap while pharmaceutical manufacturers, unable to fulfil contracts, resolve their issues, it emerged on Sunday.   The department inadvertently prompted an outcry last month after it published a list of medicines that were out of stock on its website. Although this is common practice in other countries, to alert doctors and suggest alternative products, publication of the...
Africa’s health system remains weak
SABC | 5 June 2015
A panel of Ebola experts at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town have warned that the continent's health system remains weak and vulnerable to the pandemic.     This incurable disease killed thousands of people mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in an epidemic that began in 2014.   It has also wiped out families and had a huge economic impact on West Africa.   Secretary-General in Mali's Presidency Moustapha Ben Barak shared what Mali...
Teens trust Dr. Google and go online to seek health information
TECH TIMES | 3 June 2015
A new study shows that 84 percent of American teenagers consult the Internet for information regarding health, fitness and overall physical and mental behavior.   The nationwide survey is the first initiative after more than 10 years to tackle how media tools are being put to use by young people, said Ellen Wartella, lead author and communications professor at Northwestern University. The study is the only one of its kind that used new health information systems such as social media...
450 South African nurses to undergo diabetes training as epidemic mounts
News24 | 2 June 2015
Over the next three years, 450 South African nurses will receive diabetes training to better identify symptoms and to educate patients about diabetes management.   Nurses have an important role to play in public health at every level of the healthcare system. In South Africa where diabetes is quickly becoming an epidemic, the role of our nurses is even more critical.   This sentiment is shared by Deputy Minister of Health, Dr.
NHI: New system lets patients pick up medicine from shops
Health-e News | 1 June 2015
Patients in rural KwaZulu-Natal are able to pick up their medicine from a wide range of local pick-up points, in a national experiment aimed at cutting the long queues at hospital pharmacies.   The system is for stable patients in the Umzinyathi district who have been on medication – including antiretroviral drugs – for at least six months.   Patients can chose to collect their medicine from various private pick-up points, including factories, shops, schools,...
NHI far from reality but progress made in improving public health
Health-e News | 1 June 2015
One common medical aid for all South Africans, as envisaged by government’s proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, is many years away, but many of the country’s 10 pilot sites are making progress.   But most of the 10 NHI pilot districts – with the exception of OR Tambo in the Eastern Cape – are making reasonable progress to improve the public health, according to a Health-e News investigation.   The most immediate success is the school...
Many South African women become infected with HIV during pregnancy posing high risk of transmission to their infants
aidsmap | 1 June 2015
There is a high risk of HIV seroconversion during pregnancy for women in South Africa, investigators report in the online journal PLOS One. The study involved approximately 10,000 mother and infant pairs and found that 3% of mothers became infected with HIV during pregnancy, accounting for over a quarter of all cases of mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV.   The authors believe their findings have important implications for prevention of mother-to-child transmission programmes...
‘Don’t send us to the bush’ say nurses
News24 | 1 June 2015
If you live in a predominantly urban province such as Gauteng or areas of the Western Cape, you are less likely to stand in long queues to get help from a nurse – unlike those people living in largely rural provinces such as the Eastern Cape.   This is because of a skewed distribution of nurses in favour of metropolitan areas.   Apart from this, figures show that at least half of the country’s 270 000 nurses work in the private sector, which services only 16% of...
A nurse and a family kit help save children’s lives
UNICEF | 29 May 2015
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a UNICEF-supported programme providing families with medicine and advice at home is a positive step towards reducing child mortality.   Mbanza Ngungu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 29 May 2015 – Charlotte Disukini is a busy bee, to say the least. A mother of five and grandmother in her forties, Charlotte lives in a suburb of Mbanza Ngungu, four hours from Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  ...