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South African Field Epidemiology Training Programme
National Institute for Communicable Diseases | 15 April 2016
The South African Field Epidemiology Training Programme (SAFETP) is requesting applications for the incoming 2017 class from qualified health professionals with an interest in public health and commitment to public service.
Johannesburg to launch citywide diabetes campaign
Health-e News | 14 April 2016
In search of jobs and a better life, droves of South Africans are flocking to the country’s cities but a switch to city living could come at a deadly price.  Poor patients without access to a refrigerator may struggle to store life-saving insulin injections at the right temperature, says City of Johannesburg's Executive Director of Public Health Dr Refik Bismilla. Globally, rising rates of urbanisation are blamed for fuelling increases in obesity and sedentary lifestyles...
Activists lead fight for the right to cheaper drugs
Bhekisisa | 12 April 2016
There is a big move afoot to alert SADC members to the concessions on intellectual property rights that they can take advantage of. The agreement on Trade-Related Aspects on Intellectual Property Rights (Trips) has disadvantaged many developing countries because it compelled them to grant patents on pharmaceutical products, according to Celestine Kumire from the Southern African Regional Programme of Access to Medicines and Diagnostics (Sarpam). Trips is an international contract that...
Two health groups to pay record R10m fine for
BDlive | 8 April 2016
JSE-listed private hospital group Life Healthcare and Joint Medical Holdings (JMH) have agreed to pay the competition authorities a record R10m fine for failing to notify the Competition Commission of their merger. Life Healthcare owns 50 hospitals across the country, as well as renal dialysis, mental health and rehabilitation facilities, while JMH owns five hospitals in Durban.
Mpumalanga school health programme battles parents
Health-e News | 7 April 2016
The Mpumalanga Department of Health is looking to take school health services to more of the province's children, but parents and budgets may stand in its way. Nontobeko Buthelezi is a working mom, which means it is hard to take time off to queue at the local clinic to ensure her daughter gets regular check ups. For Buthelezi, the roll out of the province’s school health programme has been a welcomed relief to the pressures of trying to balance work and check ups.
Banned chemical still used in hospital IVs is linked to attention deficit disorder
Washington Post | 6 April 2016
A chemical used to make plastic IV tubes and catheters has been linked to attention deficit disorder in children who received treatment for a serious illness, according to a new study. The tubing and catheters contain plastic-softening chemicals, called phthalates, which have been banned from children's toys and products such as teething rings and soft books because of their potential toxic effects. The chemicals are known to disrupt hormones and have been implicated in everything from...
Finance commission seeks clarity on NHI fiscal effects across government levels
BDlive | 6 April 2016
The Finance and Fiscal Commission (FFC) told Parliament on Wednesday that it expects to meet Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi shortly to discuss the effect of the National Health Insurance (NHI) white paper on intergovernmental fiscal relations. The FFC is a constitutional body charged with overseeing the financial arrangements between different spheres of government. In terms of the constitution, the responsibility for delivering health services is shared between the different spheres of...
Statement: Registration of Unqualified but Experienced Dental Assistants
Health-e News | 31 March 2016
The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has submitted recommendations to Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi regarding the registration of dental assistants. According to the HPCSA statement, the health professionals body has recommended that experienced, unqualified dental hygienists be allowed to register over a two-year period during which they must complete a professional board examination. The body further states that these examinations will be offered four times...
Delamanid clinical access programme expected
Health-e News | 29 March 2016
The South African National Department of Health is expected to roll out a clinical access programme to allow drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) patients access to the new drug Delamanid. According to Director of the Department of Health’s DR-TB, TB and HIV division Dr Norbert Ndjeka, the department is currently in talks with Japanese drug maker Otsuka Pharmaceutical to negotiate access to Otsuka’s DR-TB drug delamanid for what will initially be a small number of patients as...
Conference Delegates' Sponsorship and Conference Day Rate
HST | 29 March 2016
HST is pleased to make available a limited number of bursaries to qualifying applicants to attend the HST Conference, as well as a day rate for self-funding delegates who wish to attend for one day only. Following feedback from some prospective delegates, HST is pleased to make available the following two options to enable as many delegates as possible to participate in this exciting event. 1. Bursaries
In Good Faith: Is this healthy competition?
Financial Mail | 24 March 2016
While SA tries to find the best way of handling medical costs for its people, a major dispute on medical aid fees has been thrashed out in court in neighbouring Namibia, which faces a similar problem. That country's high court has handed down a judgment that could result in big changes to the way medical aid funds work. The decision is part of a long-running dispute between Namibia's medical aid funds (Namaf) and the Namibian competition commission After an investigation lasting a...
Inquiry hears of huge gaps in healthcare regulation
BDlive | 22 March 2016
Barely a month into public hearings, the Competition Commission's Healthcare Market Inquiry has revealed gaping holes in the regulation of private healthcare, raising tough questions about the Department of Health's capacity to create an enabling environment for business while protecting consumers' rights. The inquiry was established to determine why private healthcare price rises consistently exceed inflation, and to assess whether there are barriers to competition and patient...