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New barometer reveals the haves and the have nots
Health-e News | 30 October 2014
Life is hardest for people living in the Eastern Cape’s Alfred Nzo district, where fewer than six out of 100 households have inside taps.   This is according to the latest District Health Barometer (DHB) 2013/14, produced annually by Health Systems Trust.   While Cape Town, Johannesburg and Tshwane residents have the best standard of living out of the countries’ 52 districts, the bottom eight districts are all in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.  ...
'Unnecessarily high' Caesarean section rate is cause for concern
Mail&Guardian | 29 October 2014
More women are having C-section births in SA, but authors of the 2013/14 District Health Barometer warn that this increase is "a matter of concern".   The inability of labour ward staff to interpret medical technology used to monitor the foetal heart beat during child birth, and the lack of skilled midwives who can perform assisted deliveries have led to South Africa’s cesarean section (C-section) rate having doubled since 2000/2001.   That’s according...
Health Systems Trust launches latest South African Health Review and District Health Barometer, introduces the National Health Research Database
Press Release | HST | 29 October 2014
Health Systems Trust launches latest South African Health Review and District Health Barometer,
Call for Abstracts: School of Health Sciences, University of Fort Hare and Department of Health, Eastern Cape, Research Seminar 2014
University of Fort Hare | 24 October 2014
The School of Health Sciences, University of Fort Hare (UFH) in partnership with the Department of Health, Eastern Cape, and Lilitha Nursing College, East London, organises a two-day research seminar focusing on a broad research theme “Mentoring for Sustainable Rural Community Resilience and Public Health”. This is a research niche area, conceived by the School of Health Sciences, UFH to achieve learning and research excellence for sustainable resilience and public health in the...
Ebola serum for Africa patients within weeks, says WHO
BBC | 21 October 2014
Serum made from the blood of recovered Ebola patients could be available within weeks in Liberia, one of the countries worst hit by the virus, says the World Health Organization.   Speaking in Geneva, Dr Marie Paule Kieny said work was also advancing quickly to get drugs and a vaccine ready for January 2015.   The Ebola outbreak has already killed more than 4,500 people.   Most of the deaths have been in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.   Dr Kieny, WHO...
Plea for private training of doctors
BDlive | 17 October 2014
A paradigm shift is needed if SA is to have enough doctors to meet its growing disease burden, delegates at the Hospital Association of SA (Hasa) conference heard on Thursday.   This means the government should allow private institutions to train doctors and relax the administrative burden foreign doctors seeking employment in SA have to endure to receive work permits.   SA has the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS (36.2%) in the world and suffers from a rising spate of...
Targeted adherence measures and viral load monitoring needed to improve retention in South African ART programme
aidsmap | 16 October 2014
Of the people living with HIV in South Africa who are eligible to start antiretroviral therapy (ART), only 57% are in care and only 37% of the 2012/2013 cohort of people receiving ART were given a viral load test, according to new results announced by the CEO of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) at the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society Conference held in Cape Town, South Africa, last month.   The session on viral load monitoring, adherence and retention in care...
The importance of national funding for health in Africa
UNAIDS | 14 October 2014
Prominent African leaders and stakeholders spoke about the importance of national funding for health during a high-level side event at the African Development Forum, held in Marrakesh, Morocco, from 12 to 16 October. The participants at the side event, A New Paradigm in Health Financing, agreed on the urgent need to adopt innovative financing mechanisms for health. The focus of funding for health is shifting in Africa from a reliance on international funding to an emphasis on sustainable...
Western Cape health department earns 10th unqualified audit
BDlive | 14 October 2014
The Western Cape health department announced on Tuesday that it had received its 10th unqualified audit from the auditor-general.   The achievement stands in stark contrast to the rest of SA’s provincial health departments, where audit findings are at best inconsistent and at worst perpetually bad.   The auditor-general’s unqualified audit for the Western Cape health department’s 2013-14 annual report is likely to offer political mileage to the Democratic...
Medunsa to be split from University of Limpopo
BDlive | 13 October 2014
The Medical University of South Africa (Medunsa) is being separated from the University of Limpopo (UL) and will in January next year become a part of the new Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU).   Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said on Monday the transition process required co-operation between the UL and SMU, the details of which were contained in a “protocol of engagement” signed in June this year.   The establishment of the SMU as a...
The Cape Town Statement on Health Systems Research
Health Systems Global | 10 October 2014
The Cape Town Statement on Health Systems Research from the Third Global Symposium HSR, reflecting on progress, people-centredness, and process. Click on the below link to download the statement.
Government set to review dispensing fees
BDlive | 9 October 2014
The Department of Health is planning a review of pharmacists’ dispensing fees to compensate for the envisaged loss in income from its proposed ban on payments from drug companies.   Pharmaceutical companies are currently exploiting legal loopholes in the Medicines and Related Substances Act to incentivise pharmacists to stock their products, which the department estimates might be worth as much as R3.8bn a year.   In August it published draft regulations to section 18a...