New study again proves worth of social grants in South Africa
Daily Maverick | 27 November 2013
Doubters of social grants, hear ye, hear ye: an extensive three-year study by academics from Oxford, Wits, UCT, UKZN and University College London provides more evidence that South Africa’s social grant system is both necessary and effective. In this case, the study’s findings report that child-focused cash transfers can reduce the incidence of HIV by lowering the prevalence of risky sexual behaviour, particularly among adolescent girls. By REBECCA DAVIS.
Automated pharmacy brings relief
The Citizen | 26 November 2013
More than 17 000 patients who receive their Anti-retroviral treatment at Helen Joseph’s Ithemba Lethu Clinic no longer wait in long queues since the installation of an automation pharmacy dispensing unit.
Thanks to the Rowa Automation unit which was a first in a public health facility was installed in October 2012 as a donation from Right To Care through funding from Usaid and in partnership with Helen Joseph Hospital.
According to the Gauteng health department over the past year,...
South Africa gears up to tackle cancer, non-communicable diseases
Health-e News | 26 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 (NDCs) with the introduction of a new national plan.
his is according to Sandhya Singh, the Department of Health’s director of disease, disability and geriatrics. Singh presented government’s plans for its long-awaited National Cancer Prevention and Control Programme (NCPCP) at the AORTIC Cancer...
Child support grant keeps sugar daddies away
Health-e News | 26 November 2013
Child support grant may help protect young women from contracting HIV by keeping sugar daddies away, according to a new study released today.
As part of the study, researchers interviewed 3 515 young people between the ages of ten and 18 years in two urban and two rural health districts in the Western Cape and Mpumalanga, and followed them up a year later.
National Health Insurance pilot district business plans
Health-e News | 25 November 2013
Buisness plans from South Africa's 11 National Health Insurance (NHI) pilot districts outlining proposed activities to be funded by the government-issued NHI conditional grant.
At about 30 pages each, these plans outline the broad performance indicators for each NHI pilot district as well as current progress towards goals. They also provide 2014/15 targets districts will be looking to achieve in the upcoming financial year.
Minister to name health watchdog officials
BDLive | 25 November 2013
Commissioners for the new healthcare watchdog, the Office of Health Standards Compliance, are expected to be appointed this week.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Friday his department had received 93 applications and that officials had made recommendations for him to appoint 12 commissioners for a five-year term.
The Office of Health Standards Compliance is a statutory body established through the amendment of the National Health Act to regulate and monitor compliance with norms...
National Lotteries Board and Health Systems Trust Launch HIV Counselling and Testing Awareness Campaign
Press Release | Health Systems Trust and National Lotteries Board | 22 November 2013
For Immediate Distribution
22 November 2013
The Launch of a National Lotteries Board funded project campaign with Health Systems Trust
Just days before the international community observes World Aids Day, Health Systems Trust, a National Lotteries Board funded beneficiary and leading NGO in the fields of health systems strengthening and research, will launch Phase 2 of a countrywide HIV Counselling and Testing Awareness campaign to encourage South Africans to know their...
State moves on ‘miracle cure’ drugs
BDLive | 22 November 2013
HEALTH Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is tightening the screws on the R8.5bn complementary medicine industry, as he published regulations that require these remedies to meet the same standards as conventional medicines.
The move comes as healthcare company Ascendis lists on the JSE, with a portfolio of 200 complementary medicine products.
It recently spent R300m on acquiring complementary medicine firm Solal Technologies and pet health group Marltons.
CEO Karsten Wellner said Ascendis had...
A Call on African governments to boost the fight against childhood cancer
Desmond Tutu TB Centre, Stellenbosch University | 21 November 2013
Policy experts, specialists and activists have joined together to call for more action to provide treatment, care and support for children with cancer in African countries.Their plea has been echoed by a Sowetan father, who lost his daughter to cancer, and is at the forefront of raising awareness of childhood cancer in South Africa, as well as Ghanaian actor and celebrity,Kwaku Sintim-Misa, also known as "KSM".
They were speaking at theWorld Cancer Leaders Summit in Cape...
Global AIDS response: How are we doing?
UNAIDS | 21 November 2013
New HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths have continued to fall, while record numbers of people in the developing world are on antiretroviral treatment, according to the latest UNAIDS report on the pandemic. But with new HIV infections on the rise in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East and North Africa, more funding is needed.
IRIN brings you the highlights:
New infections and AIDS-related deaths
Wits researchers make major progress with HIV vaccine
City Press | 21 November 2013
Two local researchers have made major progress into research on an HIV vaccine to prevent infection.
Maria Papathanasopoulos and Dr Penny Moore from the Witwatersrand University are due to present a lecture on their ongoing research into an HIV vaccine.
Papathanasopoulos, a pathology professor, says that their two biggest challenges are finding how to make “broadly neutralising antibodies” and to ensure these antibodies will be able to fight all strains of the virus, according...
Not feeling the female condom
Health-e News | 20 November 2013
A National Health Insurance pilot district, Dr Kenneth Kaunda district health office distributes 200 female condoms to every clinic in its Matlosana area. Each woman receives only 15 female condoms, which are only largely available at health facilities – unlike more readily available male condoms.
Jourberton’s Tsholofelo Clinic staff says that despite community education efforts, there remains a lack of demand for female condom among women.