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ADVANCE HIV study set to save SA billions
Health-E News | 17 January 2017
A new HIV drug combination could save SA billions of rands – plus it would be easier and safer for patients to take.
Personal contact with HIV-positive persons is associated with reduced HIV-related stigma: cross-sectional analysis of general population surveys from 26 countries in sub-Saharan Africa
Journal of the International AIDS Society | 10 January 2017
Brian T Chan, Alexander C Tsai HIV-related stigma hampers treatment and prevention efforts worldwide. Effective interventions to counter HIV-related stigma are greatly needed. Although the “contact hypothesis” suggests that personal contact with persons living with HIV (PLHIV) may reduce stigmatizing attitudes in the general population, empirical evidence in support of this hypothesis is lacking. Our aim was to estimate the association between personal contact with PLHIV and HIV...
Nurse training on contraceptives needed
Health-E News | 30 December 2016
Lack of proper training on Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC) leads to a high rate of accidental pregnancies within the first year of use. In South Africa as many as 600 000 women experience unwanted pregnancies due to contraceptive failure. Globally the rate of accidental pregnancies is 40%. This should not have to be.  Follow source URL to continue reading
The South African Health Review’s Emerging Public Health Practitioner Award (EPHPA) 2017
| 22 December 2016
The South African Health Review’s Emerging Public Health Practitioner Award (EPHPA) is open to young public health practitioners or student researchers in the fields health sciences, medicine or public health who are currently studying for their Masters or Honours degree, or are in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree. Individuals seeking to publish a paper dealing with public health policy development or implementation in a respected and widely read South African peer-...
Information for authors: South African Health Review 2017
| 17 November 2016
2017 edition of the South African Health Review (SAHR) Information for contributing authors Abstract submission for the 2017 edition of the SAHR is now closed. The South African Health Review (SAHR), published annually by Health Systems Trust (HST), is an accredited peer-reviewed journal that is widely respected as an authoritative source of research, analysis and reflection on health systems. 2017 marks the 20th edition of the SAHR.  Successful candidates must send their full...
Vaccinate to protect against rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs
R News | 14 November 2016
In the wake of National Antibiotics Awareness Week (14 to 20 November), the spotlight will fall on the critical role that vaccines are likely to play in curbing anti-microbial resistance (AMR) - at least in the foreseeable future until a new stream of antiobiotics are brought to market, which according to experts may still be a long way off. Click on source URL to read more.
Law plays critical role in advancing public health
LexisNexis | 11 November 2016
 [Johannesburg, 11 November 2016] HIV is a daily reality for over 6 million South Africans, therefore, law professionals can – and must – play an active role in the fight against the epidemic by advising those that are infected and affected with HIV/AIDS. This is according to respected law, public health and human rights consultant, Amelia Vukeya Motsepe, who spoke at the Johannesburg launch on 10 November of a seminal, new publication dissecting South African...
Taking African Science to the World: Knowledge Exchange Visit to UK for SA Women in Science
Newton Fund / British Council | 21 October 2016
Five South African young female researchers have been given a career building opportunity to meet with leading UK experts in science communication, which include the Royal Society and the British Science Writers Association. The researchers will attend the Best Practice in Science Communication UK study tour from 24-28 October 2016, a culmination of the Women in Science project, which is part of the British Council’s Professional Development and Engagement (PDE) programme, under the...
National Disability Rights Awareness Month: A Framework for Action
Department of Social Development | 13 October 2016
Disability Rights Awareness Month (DRAM) provides South Africa with an opportunity to: Inspire hope and confidencein the ability of South Africans and the state machinery to work together in addressing the common challenges facing persons with disabilities and society in general; Mobilise persons with disabilitiesaround the gains made in protecting, promoting and upholding the rights of persons with disabilities since the adoption of the Freedom Charter, 22 years into democracy, and 9...
PRESS RELEASE: 40th World Hospital Congress to address patient-centred care and safety
National Department of Health | 10 October 2016
The Department of Health, in partnership with the International Hospital Federation (IHF), and supported by the Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA) and Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF), will host the 40th World Hospital Congress (IHF2006 Durban) at the Durban ICC from 31 October to 3 November. This is the first time that this meeting is held on the African continent. The choice of host reflects the uniqueness of the event. The congress is being held as South Africa embarks on the...
Call for Expressions of Interest: Evaluation of South African Health Review
Heath System Trust | 19 September 2016
Call for Expressions of Interest: Evaluation of South African Health Review Health Systems Trust (HST) wishes to commission an independent rapid evaluation of the South African Health Review (SAHR), an annual peer-reviewed publication currently funded by the National Department of Health. The objectives of the evaluation:
United Nations meeting on antimicrobial resistance
WHO | 13 September 2016
World leaders gather at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this month to mount a response to the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance. Gary Humphreys and Fiona Fleck report. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2016;94:638-639. doi: Dr Abdul Ghafur, a consultant in infectious diseases in Chennai, had become alarmed by the number of multidrug-resistant infections in patients at major hospitals across India. In desperation,...