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What are the barriers that could stop HIV treatment becoming HIV prevention?
aidsmap | 12 November 2014
One of the key strategies involved in trying to bring an end to the HIV epidemic is to increase the proportion of HIV-positive people on antiretroviral therapy (ART), to the point where suppressing their viral load starts to reduce onward infection.   What is usually called ‘treatment as prevention’ lies behind the ambitious new target announced by UNAIDS earlier this year to diagnose 90% of people with HIV worldwide, treat 90% of them, and supress HIV below detectability...
2013/14 SAHR, 2013/14 DHB and NHRD launch event in Pretoria on 29 October 2014
Health Systems Trust | 4 November 2014
Health Systems Trust hosted a combined launch of the 2013/14 South African Health Review (SAHR), the 2013/14 District Health Barometer (DHB) and the National Health Research Database (NHRD) at a high profile function on Wednesday 29 October 2014 in Pretoria.
More gymslip mothers
TimesLIVE | 30 October 2014
Teenage pregnancies are on the rise.   According to The Health Systems Trust's latest District Health Barometer, 1166 more teenage girls fell pregnant last year than in the previous year.   Just over 7.8% of all expectant mothers last year were teenagers, a total of 74070, the trust's 600-page report stated.   Ten percent of all births in Northern Cape and Eastern Cape were to teenage mothers.
Experts mull ways to fund, manage National Health Insurance
Health-e News | 30 October 2014
The National Health Insurance (NHI) is likely to revolutionise health funding. This could include new, business-like approaches to health and new roles for medical aids in the post-NHI world, according to latest South African Health Review released last night.   To implement the NHI, South Africa will need to increase government spending on health to about five percent of the country’s gross domestic product – or economic output, according to the review.
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...