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KZN Health’s R452m sick leave bill
Daily News/IoL | 5 May 2016
Durban - An alarming number of state health workers in KwaZulu-Natal are reporting in “too sick to work” - with absenteeism costing the province’s Health Department R452 million in one year alone. This is according to the Health Systems Trust (HST), a respected NGO specialising in monitoring and research, in its annual review of the country’s health systems, released on Wednesday night. It spoke of a crisis of ineffective health management in South Africa, painted...
Many ills of the public health sector
IOL | 5 May 2016
There is a human resource crisis in care that is driven partly by the government's tolerance of incompetent staff, according to the Health Systems Trust’s SA Health Review 2016. Kerry Cullinan reports You are least likely to see a dentist or a doctor in North West’s public sector health facilities, which has the lowest rates of both in the country. While there is a dire shortage of dentists in the public sector with about 1 100 practising throughout South Africa, the...
Report: South African Health Review 2016
Health-e News | 4 May 2016
In a forward by authors, the review notes that its 20 chapters largely reflect current trends in the global health and development agenda, including focuses on universal healthcare as well as good governance. The 369-page report is divided into four themes, namely leadership and governance, human resources for health, service delivery and information.
SAHR Media Release
HST | 4 May 2016
The 19th edition of the SAHR was launched at the HST conference in Gauteng on 4 May 2016 where diverse stakeholders in all tiers of the public and private health sector are gathered to discuss how to improve health outcomes in South Africa, especially in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals. Some of the key findings and conclusions of the Review include:
Final HST Conference programme
HST | 29 April 2016
Please click here to download the final HST conference programme
Press release South Africa’s healthcare system under the spotlight
HST | 29 April 2016
South Africa’s healthcare system under the spotlight
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...