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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...
Tshwane to upgrade Soshanguve clinic
Health-e News | 4 May 2015
Construction to upgrade Soshanguve’s Block JJ Clinic is expected to be completed by July.
National hand hygiene campaign launched in Pretoria
SABC | 4 May 2015
Healthcare workers should always wash their hands before attending to patients, Gauteng MEC for Health Qedani Mahlangu said on Monday.   “We are operating within the broader framework of the national core standards. Let us all commit to reducing hospital health-care facility infection,” she said at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria.   “We know that there has been a lot of negative things that have been creeping into the health sector –...
Gauteng hospital shambles
GroundUp | 4 May 2015
A doctor at South Africa’s largest hospital, Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital (CHBAH) in Soweto, has described chaotic planning and management that is putting patient care at risk.   The doctor spoke on condition of anonymity. Employees at the hospital are scared to speak out. One doctor told GroundUp that “colleagues who work at Bara” are not “willing to get involved due to their previous experiences with clamp downs and retaliation from senior...
Condom use higher in young HIV-positive women with gender-equal views, study finds
MNT | 2 May 2015
Perceiving men and women as equals may encourage the practice of safer sex among young women with HIV, a new study finds.   Published in the journal PLOS ONE, the study found that HIV-positive South African women under the age of 26 were more likely to have used a condom during their last episode of sexual intercourse if they had more gender-equal views, compared with women whose views were more male dominated.   Study co-author Dr.
Table Mountain Aerial Cableway joins hands with the community
Stellenbosch University | 30 April 2015
Several hundred community health workers and staff from the Desmond Tutu TB Centre (DTTC) at Stellenbosch University celebrated a near perfect autumn day as they took the cable car up Table Mountain, many of them for the first time.