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News from day one of the 3rd Structural Drivers of HIV Conference
Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Regional Exchange (SHARE) | 6 December 2013
The first day of the 3rd Structural Drivers of HIV Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, was a great success, with a wealth of  interesting and thought-provoking topics and ideas coming out of the various sessions. The sessions focused on how structural factors contribute to HIV vulnerability and risk, as well as innovative practices to address these factors in prevention and treatment programs for children, adolescents, youth and communities.
Cancer institute charts course
Health-e News | 5 December 2013
Stellenbosch University recently launched the African Cancer Institute (ACI) to build African countries’ abilities to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. Health-e caught up with ACI’s director, Vikash Sewram, to find out how the institute plans to achieve this bold objective. “Cancer is the sixth largest cause of death in this country, which means that we are doing something wrong,” says Sewram, who was previously a director at both the Oncology Research Unit of the...
NHI could push public spending on health to new heights
Health-e News | 4 December 2013
South Africa’s HIV treatment programme costs around R1,6-billion extra every year, according to Mark Blecher, Treasury’s Chief Director for Health and Social Development. The country currently spends about four percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) on public health services, and a quarter of this is devoted to HIV.
Terms of healthcare inquiry get nod
BDLive | 2 December 2013
REACTION from industry players to the significantly broadened scope of the Competition Commission’s market inquiry into the private healthcare sector was mostly positive when the final terms of reference were published on Friday. The final terms of reference adopted a far more holistic approach to the inquiry — set to start on January 6 — including looking at the inclusion of possible cost drivers such as pharmaceutical manufacturers, medical equipment, and the inter-...
Nurses at forefront of HIV fight
TimesLive | 2 December 2013
That's how Dr Mohayabo Mabitsi, of the NGO Anova Health, described the Gauteng health department's success in bringing HIV treatment to thousands of people. On World Aids Day in 2010, President Jacob Zuma announced that adults with a CD4 count of less than 350, and all infected babies under 12 months, would be treated with anti-retrovirals. The only way South Africa could make its ARV-treatment programme the world's biggest was to use nurses instead of doctors to treat and...
Private health inquiry will take two years
IOL | 2 December 2013
The Competition Commission is hoping to announce the members of the panel who will preside over the inquiry into the private health-care sector by the end of this month. The inquiry will be launched on January 6 and completed by November 2015. Deputy commissioner Trudi Makhaya emphasised that the integrity of the process was critical to the outcome of the inquiry and that the panel would play a crucial role in the inquiry. She was commenting after Friday’s release of the terms of...
Trailblazing move to take HIV treatment out of clinics
Health-e News | 2 December 2013
Some of South Africa’s 2.4 million HIV patients will be able to get antiretroviral (ARV) outside of health clinics in a move the Department of Health hopes will help address stock outs.
Medicines go missing – and so do budgets
Health-e News | 29 November 2013
Budget cuts and poor financial management may be some of the culprits driving the country’s medicine stockouts. More than half of the Free State’s health centres went without HIV and tuberculosis (TB) medicines in the past few months, while Limpopo and  Mpumalanga have also struggled to ensure a regular supply of medicines, according to a new report. Despite a significant HIV positive population and the growing need for ARVs, the Free State’s health budget for the...
There’s a hole in the middle of our AIDS programme
Health-e News | 29 November 2013
There is a big hole in the middle of South Africa’s HIV treatment programme that is undermining government’s remarkable achievements since 2009, when AIDS denialist President Thabo Mbeki was kicked out. This hole is called medicine stock-outs. It is caused mainly by poor management, and no matter how good our national programme and health minister are, unless the implementers – the provinces – can improve health service delivery, we will not only fail to overcome HIV...
Villagers flock to take HIV tests
Mail&Guardian | 29 November 2013
An NGO in the Eastern Cape is using incentives to encourage people to check their status. Using a blue pen, Sityhilelo Mandlingana enters a client's name, sex and age into a register next to the date and time that he saw her. He removes a new HIV test kit from a box behind his consulting table under a baby-blue awning in the middle of a field in the rural Eastern Cape and takes a deep breath. "Next!" he shouts.  He is ready for the 39th villager from Magweni, near...
Motsoaledi warns opportunists NHI will not be ‘a pot of gold’
BDLive | 29 November 2013
HEALTH Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Thursday that National Health Insurance (NHI) was not "a pot of gold", and urged caution over the role of business in what is meant to provide universal access across South Africa to healthcare. The government is hoping NHI will help overcome inequities in access to health, but it has yet to clarify what form this will take, or how it will be paid for. Eleven districts across each of South Africa’s nine provinces are piloting the...
Health Systems Trust launches its HIV Counselling and Testing Media Campaign
Health Systems Trust | 29 November 2013
Already known for its flagship publications, Health Systems Trust (HST) this week ventured into the broadcast arena with the launch of its HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) radio campaign. Radio adverts encouraging people to get tested, in several languages, were unveiled at a high profile event in Pretoria on Wednesday, November 27th. The adverts which centre on Sindy and her HIV positive brother, Jabu, were greeted with much applause at the event and also received the firm approval of...