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State clinches public sector wage agreement
BDlive | 19 May 2015
The government and 1.3-million of its employees on Tuesday reached a three-year wage agreement.   The deal avoids the prospect of a damaging strike in the public service.
Comment: Mother and child health must improve
Mail&Guardian | 15 May 2015
As a young journalist in Johannesburg in the early 1990s, I wrote a story about South Africa’s looming HIV crisis, citing predictions from epidemiologists that, without urgent action, cases could top five million by 2000. That seemed an impossibly large number at the time, but unfortunately those predictions came true.   A combination of government neglect, lack of international preparedness and ground-level stigma allowed Aids to gain a devastating foothold in South Africa. As...
SA hosts world’s first study into better XDR-TB treatment
Health-e News | 14 May 2015
South African scientists are spearheading the world’s first trial into shorter and better treatment for tuberculosis (XDR-TB), which kills about half of all those diagnosed with the condition in South Africa.   Dr Thato Mosidi contracted XDR-TB while working in the public sector. Dr Francesca Conradie helped enroll Mosidi in the bedaquiline clinical access programme.   Global TB research organisation TB Alliance announced the 200-person trial today. The “Nix TB...
In Namibia, reaching rural communities with good health practices
UNICEF | 14 May 2015
A Health Extension Worker in Namibia, recently graduated from a UNICEF-supported programme, helps to provide much-needed health support and advice to families with little access to medical care.     Oshana, Namibia, 14 May 2015 – Neither the loud music nor the sight of his peers catching up on gossip can detract Abner Shivute from his daily mission.
SA joins world to celebrate Nurses' Day
SABC | 12 May 2015
The world is celebrating International Nurses' Day Tuesday in recognition of the hard work that nurses do on a daily basis.   This year's theme is "Nurses; A Force for Change: Care Effective, Cost Effective".   Assistant Manager for Trauma at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital, Joleen Mfenyana, says that being a nurse is a calling.   She says that being a nurse is a fulfilling profession because you get to help people feel better.  ...
Why we should keep an eye on Apple’s ResearchKit
BioMed Central | 7 May 2015
Patients are being recruited for medical studies straight from their phones, and the deluge of information deriving from these studies could be quickly analyzed by the IT giants. But what does this mean for the health care industry?   Being passionate about technology and with my work focused on health sciences, I’ve been following with interest the fast developments of mHealth (mobile health) and the potential this field has to boost patient engagement, and even shape the...
Roundtable discussion on the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research: Why prioritise talk over aid in the midst of the Ebola crisis?
BMC Health Services Research | 7 May 2015
Health systems experts from around the world discuss why they were we meeting at the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research while real people were dying of Ebola in West Africa.
Department of Health announces new youth health app
Health-e News | 7 May 2015
The Department of Health is launching a new, cell phone app to take health messaging to the country’s young people – and asking youth to help.   Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi announced the new application yesterday (6 May) at the African regional consultation on the United Nations’ new Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health.   Using the instant messaging application Mxit, the department will deliver health...
WHO ‘cannot continue as is’
Health-e News | 6 May 2015
SEATTLE – The World Health Organisation (WHO) was at the receiving end of harsh criticism for its weak response to Ebola at the Gates Foundation’s Global Partners Forum yesterday.   Professor Peter Piot, former head of UNAIDS, said that while the world needed a WHO, “it cannot continue the way it has been”.   Meanwhile, Senegal’s Health Minister, Awa Marie Coll Seck, described the WHO’s response to Ebola as a “humiliation for global...
Motsoaledi hails vaccines and bewails lack of interest in department’s successes
BDlive | 5 May 2015
THE government’s recent introduction of two new childhood vaccines has slashed the number of cases of life-threatening pneumonia and rotavirus, yet these successes have been barely acknowledged, says Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi.   Delivering his budget speech to Parliament on Tuesday, Mr Motsoaledi said there had been a 70% decline in potentially deadly pneumonia in children under the age of five, and a 66% decline in children under the age of two admitted to hospital...
Minister Aaron Motsoaledi: Health Dept Budget Vote 2015/16
National Department of Health | 5 May 2015
Madam Speaker/Deputy Speaker/House Chairperson My Colleague Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Joe Phaahla My Colleagues Ministers and Deputy Ministers present Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Health, Honourable Dunjwa Honourable Members of the Portfolio Committee on Health Honourable Members of the House Distinguished Guests   Good afternoon!   It is my honour and pleasure to present to this Honourable House the 2015/16 Budget Policy Statement of the...
Community health workers close clinics in Khayelitsha
GroundUp | 5 May 2015
On Tuesday, striking health workers led by the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) closed six clinics in Khayelitsha, including Zakhele, Kuyasa, Youth, Mayenzeke, Matthew Goniwe and Luvuyo clinic. They will march to the Civic Centre in Cape Town tomorrow.   Patients at Kuyasa Clinic, Khayelitsha, said they were attacked by the striking community health workers.   “I have the flu,” said patient Gladies Ntabo. “No questions were asked, they started...