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Red Cross marches against stigma towards TB patients
SABC | 20 March 2015
The Red Cross in KwaZulu-Natal has taken its message of zero discrimination against tuberculosis to the Durban City Centre. They marched through the streets, carrying placards with various messages, driving home the fact that TB is curable.   KZN has the second highest number of people with TB in the country.     The Red Cross says people need to change their mind set and be supportive of people living with certain illnesses including tuberculosis.
TB fight could soon get boost from simple swab diagnostic test
BDlive | 19 March 2015
A simple mouth swab may one day help diagnose tuberculosis, if the results of a small trial conducted in Worcester and Seattle can be replicated.   Quick and accurate diagnosis is essential for controlling TB, which affected 380,000 people in SA in 2013, according to the World Health Organisation. TB is currently diagnosed by getting patients to cough up sputum and then testing it for TB germs.
Draft policy: Early Childhood Development Policy
Health-e News | 18 March 2015
The public comment period on the 164-page draft policy closes 24 April 2015.   Prompted by the lack of recognition of the benefits or right to early childhood education (ECD), the policy has five main objectives including ensuring equitable access to ECD services, coordinating a multisectoral approach to ECD provision, and ensuring adequate budgeting and monitoring of ECD services.   Despite recent progress in expanding access to ECD services in South Africa, the policy...
Innovations at Groote Schuur offer hope to patients and nurses
GroundUp | 17 March 2015
 A year after receiving a kidney transplant, Vuyo [not his real name] travelled to the Eastern Cape to visit his grandmother. A young man of 19, Vuyo had been making good progress after the operation, but he still had to take medication daily.   When his bag, containing his clothes and medication, was stolen, he went to the local hospital, where a junior doctor told him, “If you’re Groote Schuur’s patient, you can just get your medication when you go back....
Concern over NHI’s failure to woo doctors
BDlive | 16 March 2015
Four years into implementing National Health Insurance (NHI), the Department of Health has failed to persuade significant numbers of private sector general practitioners (GPs) to work in its facilities, raising doubts about its feasibility.   So far only 175 doctors have been contracted to work in state clinics in 10 of the 11 NHI pilot districts, a far cry from the target of 900 the department had hoped to reach by the end of this month.
New scheme to help patients in Province
Diamond Fields Advertiser | 13 March 2015
Patients in the Pixley ka Seme District who are on chronic medication now have more options to choose from when it comes to collecting their medication.   The Central Chronic Medicine Distribution and Dispensing Programme (CCMDDP) is a joint initiative between Health Systems Trust (HST) and the Department of Health, funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Pharmaceutical Public Health short courses
University of the Western Cape | 13 March 2015
Rational Medicines Use Course: 29 June - 3 July 2015 Medicines Supply Management Course: 6 - 10 July 2015   Two, 1-week short courses on medicines use and management will be offered during the School of Public Health (SOPH) Winter School at the University of the Western Cape (UWC).
Health professionals council probed
BDlive | 11 March 2015
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has launched an independent investigation of allegations against the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA), including maladministration and fitness of its managers to lead it.   The HPCSA is a statutory body established in terms of the Health Professions Act. Its responsibilities include dealing with complaints from the public about medical practitioners, and accreditation of doctors and training institutions.
MLAC aims to reduce AIDS prevalence in Mpumalanga
SABC | 10 March 2015
The Mbombela Local Municipality has launched the Mbombela Local Aids Council (MLAC). The Council is aimed at supporting local people infected with HIV/AIDS by offering counselling and provision of medication if necessary.    This will be done through the involved stakeholders who offer different kinds of expertise and are part of the Council. South Africa has the highest HIV prevalence in the whole world second to India.   Mpumalanga comes second after KwaZulu-Natal...
Call for nominations: National Planning Commission
Health-e News | 10 March 2015
The minister of planning, monitoring and evaluation and National Planning Commission chairperson have launched a call for nominations of individuals to serve on the National Planning Commission. The deadline for submissions is 10 April.   The first National Planning Commission was appointed by President Jacob Zuma in 2010 for a period of five years. The term of office of the current commissioners will expire in May 2015. The president intends to appoint commissioners for a further...
SA to get medical ombudsman
health24 | 10 March 2015
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has announced that the Department of Health in South Africa will be advertising a position for their first ombudsman.   Medical negligence claims   Speaking yesterday at the Medico Legal Summit in Centurion on the topic of medical negligence, Motsoaledi indicated that the role of the ombudsman would be to address the “challenges” in both private and public healthcare.   According to the City Press, Motsoaledi has warned...
Doctors under siege: Motsoaledi
Cape Times | 9 March 2015
Unprecedented levels of litigation for alleged malpractice by doctors have crippled South Africa’s health system, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said.   Speaking at a two-day medico-legal summit in Pretoria, Motsoaledi said student doctors were now reluctant to study obstetrics, gynaecology, neurosurgery, neonatology and orthopaedics.   “In our country, the cost of indemnity insurance for private specialists in neurosurgery increased by a whopping 573 percent...