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Limpopo medical students leave for Cuba
SABC | 10 February 2014
At least 100 Limpopo students will on Monday leave for Cuba to study medicine. Premier Stanley Mathabatha has already bid farewell to the students.
High incidence of antiretroviral prescribing errors in Nigeria
Aidsmap | 7 February 2014
Antiretroviral prescribing errors are common in Nigeria, according to results of a large prospective study published in PLOS ONE. Errors were detected in the prescriptions of almost all adult patients. Common errors included prescribing incorrect antiretroviral drugs or combinations; prescribing drugs that were contraindicated or that interacted with other medication; and inappropriate frequency or duration of therapy.
Government offers lifeline to embattled Durban hospital
BDLive | 7 February 2014
THE KwaZulu-Natal health department is set to rescue embattled and cash-strapped St Mary’s Hospital in Durban, which was set to close to avoid more debt.   This is the second health institution offered a lifeline by the department, which bailed out 104-year-old McCord Hospital at the end of last year.   The department said on Thursday it would provide R30m annually to save the 87-year-old, 200-bed hospital in Mariannhill. It serves thousands of poor patients and its...
The future of aid: UNICEF Executive Board addresses funding and partnerships
UNICEF | 6 February 2014
The challenge of securing development funding was a major theme of this week’s UNICEF Executive Board session, as resource requirements face diminished government contributions and a shifting donor landscape.
Measles deaths reach record lows with fragile gains toward global elimination
WHO | 6 February 2014
New mortality estimates from WHO show that annual measles deaths have reached historic lows, dropping 78% from more than 562 000 in 2000 to 122 000 in 2012. During this time period, an estimated 13.8 million deaths have been prevented by measles vaccination and surveillance data showed that reported cases declined 77% from 853 480 to 226 722.   These gains are a result of global routine measles immunization coverage holding steady at 84%1 and 145 countries having introduced a routine...
Dr Harry Surtie Hospital: Double-edged sword of technology
Mail&Guardian | 31 January 2014
If the new Dr Harry Surtie Hospital has all the latest tech, why are patients complaining?   "Splinter nuwe hospital, selle swak personeel en bestuur [brand new hospital, same weak staff and management]" reads a comment on the Facebook page of the Dr Harry Surtie Hospital in Upington in the Northern Cape. It was made just nine days after the state-of-the-art hospital opened its doors in November last year.    Another patient wrote: "I was deeply shocked...
Motsoaledi names board of new Office of Health Standards Compliance
BDLive | 30 January 2014
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Wednesday unveiled the board of the newly established Office of Health Standards Compliance, a statutory body created through the amendment of the National Health Act to monitor compliance with norms and standards for healthcare delivery.
Funding for science projects is a major challenge
SABC | 27 January 2014
The Science and Technology Department says funding breakthrough research projects remains a major challenge.
Hackathon aims to improve SA's health care system
SABC | 25 January 2014
A combination of doctors, health care workers and patients have gathered at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town for the country's first ever "health hackathon".   Participants are working on innovative technological designs that could be used to improve the health care system in South Africa.   Hosted by the University of Cape Town (UCT), the teams are working on inventing practical solutions to deal with challenges in the health care system.   "...
South African DG of Health, Doctors challenge pharma lobbying plans
UAEM | 23 January 2014
GENEVA, January 23, 2014 - In a meeting with Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), South African Director General of Health Malebona Precious Matsoso strongly criticized a leaked proposal by the pharmaceutical industry lobby to undermine access to medicines in South Africa.   The leaked plan from Public Affairs Engagement, a lobbying firm based in Washington, D.C., focused on halting reforms to South Africa's intellectual property laws that would expand access to...
Director-General of Health - remarks in Geneva about #Pharmagate
KEI | 23 January 2014
On Thursday, 23 January 2014, Malebona Precious Matsoso (Director General of the South African National Department of Health) delivered the following intervention at the 134th session of the World Health Organization's Executive Board under agenda item 9.7 on Access to essential medicines in response to the recent Pharmagate imbroglio.
Gates Foundation forms new health partnerships in South Africa
BDLive | 21 January 2014
THE Medical Research Council (MRC) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) on Tuesday announced two new partnerships with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation aimed at finding new tools to fight HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria. The partnerships will have a combined budget of R370m, and will be led by South African scientists. "South Africa has world-class researchers and the infrastructure necessary to develop the kinds of innovative health solutions needed to accelerate progress...