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Nurses at forefront of HIV fight
TimesLive | 2 December 2013
That's how Dr Mohayabo Mabitsi, of the NGO Anova Health, described the Gauteng health department's success in bringing HIV treatment to thousands of people. On World Aids Day in 2010, President Jacob Zuma announced that adults with a CD4 count of less than 350, and all infected babies under 12 months, would be treated with anti-retrovirals. The only way South Africa could make its ARV-treatment programme the world's biggest was to use nurses instead of doctors to treat and...
Private health inquiry will take two years
IOL | 2 December 2013
The Competition Commission is hoping to announce the members of the panel who will preside over the inquiry into the private health-care sector by the end of this month. The inquiry will be launched on January 6 and completed by November 2015. Deputy commissioner Trudi Makhaya emphasised that the integrity of the process was critical to the outcome of the inquiry and that the panel would play a crucial role in the inquiry. She was commenting after Friday’s release of the terms of...
Trailblazing move to take HIV treatment out of clinics
Health-e News | 2 December 2013
Some of South Africa’s 2.4 million HIV patients will be able to get antiretroviral (ARV) outside of health clinics in a move the Department of Health hopes will help address stock outs.
Medicines go missing – and so do budgets
Health-e News | 29 November 2013
Budget cuts and poor financial management may be some of the culprits driving the country’s medicine stockouts. More than half of the Free State’s health centres went without HIV and tuberculosis (TB) medicines in the past few months, while Limpopo and  Mpumalanga have also struggled to ensure a regular supply of medicines, according to a new report. Despite a significant HIV positive population and the growing need for ARVs, the Free State’s health budget for the...
There’s a hole in the middle of our AIDS programme
Health-e News | 29 November 2013
There is a big hole in the middle of South Africa’s HIV treatment programme that is undermining government’s remarkable achievements since 2009, when AIDS denialist President Thabo Mbeki was kicked out. This hole is called medicine stock-outs. It is caused mainly by poor management, and no matter how good our national programme and health minister are, unless the implementers – the provinces – can improve health service delivery, we will not only fail to overcome HIV...
Villagers flock to take HIV tests
Mail&Guardian | 29 November 2013
An NGO in the Eastern Cape is using incentives to encourage people to check their status. Using a blue pen, Sityhilelo Mandlingana enters a client's name, sex and age into a register next to the date and time that he saw her. He removes a new HIV test kit from a box behind his consulting table under a baby-blue awning in the middle of a field in the rural Eastern Cape and takes a deep breath. "Next!" he shouts.  He is ready for the 39th villager from Magweni, near...
Motsoaledi warns opportunists NHI will not be ‘a pot of gold’
BDLive | 29 November 2013
HEALTH Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Thursday that National Health Insurance (NHI) was not "a pot of gold", and urged caution over the role of business in what is meant to provide universal access across South Africa to healthcare. The government is hoping NHI will help overcome inequities in access to health, but it has yet to clarify what form this will take, or how it will be paid for. Eleven districts across each of South Africa’s nine provinces are piloting the...
Health Systems Trust launches its HIV Counselling and Testing Media Campaign
Health Systems Trust | 29 November 2013
Already known for its flagship publications, Health Systems Trust (HST) this week ventured into the broadcast arena with the launch of its HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) radio campaign. Radio adverts encouraging people to get tested, in several languages, were unveiled at a high profile event in Pretoria on Wednesday, November 27th. The adverts which centre on Sindy and her HIV positive brother, Jabu, were greeted with much applause at the event and also received the firm approval of...
One-day cervical cancer test could soon be available in South Africa
Health-e News | 28 November 2013
A low-cost, point-of-care test to detect cervical cancer may be available in South Africa by 2018. Cervical cancer kills more South African women than any other type of cancer and one in every 39 women in the country will be diagnosed with it in her lifetime.
Report suggests ARV and TB drug supply woes a 'national crisis'
Mail & Guardian | 28 November 2013
At least in one in every five public health facilities in the country has run out of HIV and/or TB drugs in the last two months, says a report. At least in one in every five public health facilities has run out of HIV and/or tuberculosis (TB) drugs in  the last two months, with medicine shortages in the country being "far beyond previous estimations", according to pressure group Stop Stock Outs Project’s latest report, which was released on Thursday.  During...
Medicine falls back in funding queue for private money
BDLive | 28 November 2013
THE head of the Medical Research Council, once South Africa’s most prestigious medical research institution, is battling to attract private money to supplement state funding as local companies focus their social responsibility budgets on creating jobs and improving education. "Is there a tradition of philanthropy funding science in South Africa? No, very little," says Prof Salim Abdool Karim, appointed interim president of the Medical Research Council (MRC) by Health...
State unveils cancer control plan
IOL | 27 November 2013
For years HIV and tuberculosis have dominated South Africa’s health-care programmes, but the country is looking to pay more attention to cancer and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) with the introduction of a new national plan. This is according to Sandhya Singh, the Department of Health’s director of disease, disability and geriatrics. Singh presented the government’s plans for its long-awaited National Cancer Prevention and Control Programme (NCPCP) at the Aortic...