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Department aims to launch new health products watchdog next year
BDlive | 22 January 2016
The Department of Health has set April 1 next year as the target date for establishing the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra), a development that will be closely watched by the pharmaceutical industry. Sahpra will replace the overwhelmed Medicines Control Council (MCC), and will have a much wider mandate that includes the regulation of medical devices and complementary medicines. The MCC cannot cope with the volume of applications it receives for new medicines and...
Health Systems Trust Annual Report 2014/15
HST | 22 January 2016
With another successful year of making good progress on our mandate behind us, HST moves into the next three-year business cycle bolstered by a new strategic plan and with sound financial backing. Unveiled in late 2014, the strategic plan will see us further consolidating our institutional knowledge and expertise in health systems strengthening, and forging new and existing relationships locally, regionally and internationally.
Calls for more private medical schools to address doctor shortages
SABC News | 20 January 2016
The Free Market Foundation has called for the establishment of private medical schools to address the shortage of medical doctors in the country. It was commenting on the National Health Insurance (NHI) White Paper. Last month, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi released the White Paper on NHI which is aimed at providing universal access to healthcare for all South Africans. The country produces about 1 200 doctors a year. The Foundation's Director, Jason Urbach, says the...
Efavirenz-based treatment is safe and effective for young children with HIV exposed to nevirapine for PMTCT
Aidsmap | 19 January 2016
Efavirenz-based treatment is a safe and effective treatment option for children living with HIV previously exposed to nevirapine for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) who achieved viral suppression with a regimen based on ritonavir/lopinavir, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “Switching to efavirenz-based therapy compared with continuing ritonavir-boosted lopinavir-based therapy did not result in significantly...
Healthcare inquiry could lead to further scrutiny
BDlive | 15 January 2016
Even though the market inquiry into the private healthcare sector is not a court process, those with something to hide might not get away scot-free. The Competition Commission has warned stakeholders that it may initiate investigations based on what it hears during the inquiry. Commission spokesman Itumeleng Lesofe said on Thursday the commission could refer a complaint to the Competition Tribunal or initiate an investigation should it find evidence of illegal conduct. "The...
Gogos step up for peace of mind
Mail & Guardian | 15 January 2016
Depression among the elderly is largely overlooked, but exercise can help to counter it.  Left! Clap! Right! Clap!” shouts a young woman dressed in an orange tracksuit. She stands in front of about 30 women, who follow her movements obediently to a regular beat, stepping from side to side with a chorus of echoing claps. “Now go down low!” calls the instructor over the noise in the cramped room. Giggling erupts as some women playfully protest. The instructor, a...
Online database: The National Health Research Database By Health-e News on January 14, 2016
Health-e News | 14 January 2016
The online, searchable portal serves as a repository of health-related past and present research conducted in South Africa. Developed by the National Department of Health and the Health Systems Trust, the website aims to provide the public with a tool to monitor health research. The database also allows researchers and research committees to map geographic areas in which research is being conducted, and provides a snapshot of current and past research priorities.
WHO set to declare end to Ebola epidemic
The Guardian | 13 January 2016
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is expected to declare the Ebola crisis officially over on Thursday, as experts suggest an investment of 40p a year for every person on the planet would make the world far better equipped to deal with similar outbreaks of infectious disease.
Health department should focus on internal efficiency rather than NHI
BDlive | 12 January 2016
The government’s release on December 11 of the long-awaited white paper on National Health Insurance (NHI) was eagerly anticipated, but the event was largely overshadowed by the condemnation of President Jacob Zuma’s axing of Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister in the same week. Subsequent to the hasty reappointment of Pravin Gordhan as finance minister in a bid to stem the rand’s horrifying free fall, the rand has remained weaker than it was before, share values are also...
Nursing SA back to health
Mail & Guardian | 8 January 2016
Sixteen years ago, Thabo Mbeki, then president, shocked the world with his Aids denialism. It has taken the same amount of time for the world Aids conference to return to this country. The health ministry is expected to roll out antiretrovirals (ARVs) for all and the much-vaunted National Health Insurance (NHI) stumbles along. Oh, and Banting-diet guru Tim Noakes is in the dogbox for trying to persuade a mother to put her baby on his low-carb diet. Yes, 2016 has got something for just about...
Long-awaited autonomy in sight for SA's doctors
South African Medical Journal | 8 January 2016
The long-awaited extraction of doctors - and possibly dentists - from the dysfunctional and shockingly administered Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), the defiant leadership of which face the sack, will not lack a helping hand from the country's largest doctor body.
HPCSA ignores recommendations of ministerial task team
Mail & Guardian | 6 January 2016
The "dysfunctional" Health Professions Council of South Africa will not act immediately on recommendations made by Aaron Motsoaledi's task team. The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) says recommendations put forth by a ministerial task team, which would amount to a complete overhaul of the “dysfunctional” organisation, are “advices or proposals and therefore not binding”.   Last year, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi set up a...