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AIDS Health Foundation donates R15 mln to KZN
SABC | 12 May 2014
The KwaZulu-Natal Health Department says a R15 million donation it has received from the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Health Foundation towards building a clinic in Umlazi township, south of Durban, will help give the community access to quality health services.   More than 16 000 human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) patients stand to benefit from the funding.   Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo has highlighted the importance of such projects.   He says they...
Research could point to better treatment for babies with TB
Desmond Tutu TB Centre | 12 May 2014
Researchers at the Desmond Tutu TB Centre at Stellenbosch University have embarked on a potentially groundbreaking study that could lead to better ways to treat tuberculosis (TB) in babies.   The study, which measures safe and effective TB drug therapy for babies, forms part of research conducted by neonatology specialist, Adrie Bekker, who has been awarded three scholarships for her work into prevention and treatment of babies with TB.   The study is monitoring TB drug...
Tygerberg Children's Hospital beats the odds
Tygerburger | 9 May 2014
Against all odds, Tygerberg Children’s Hospital boasts a neonatal survival rate on par with many wealthy countries.   But while the hospital has made big strides, it’s facing major challenges, including a dire shortage of beds for premature babies delivered at the hospital.   “We have 50 000 deliveries a year in our area, yet we only have eight neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) beds.
UNAIDS and UNWTO ST-EP Foundation release a unique new book on HIV for children
UNAIDS | 8 May 2014
GENEVA/ROME, 8 May 2014—UNAIDS and the UN World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty (ST-EP) Foundation have released a new book on HIV for children.   The book, The Bravest Boy I Know, is about two friends, Kendi and Kayla. Kendi is living with HIV. The story is set in Africa and beautifully illustrated by celebrated artist Sujean Rim. It is a heart-warming tale of how the two friends deal with HIV in a positive way.
Public health a major priority in African nations
Pew Research Center | 1 May 2014
Improving hospitals, dealing with HIV/AIDS are top issues   Survey Report   Concerns about public health are widespread in sub-Saharan Africa, and there is considerable support in the region for making public health challenges a top national priority.
How vaccine denialism in the West is causing measles outbreaks in Brazil

The Guardian | 28 April 2014
Earlier this month, Jenny McCarthy, the anti-vaccine movement's loudest proponent, disavowed her earlier arguments. Instead, she claimed that she never told anyone not to vaccinate their children and that she simply opposes doctors giving children multiple immunization shots at once.   That McCarthy eventually took one small step toward the nearly universally agreed upon fact that vaccines save lives and don't cause autism is good news, but it may be too little too late: the...
ARV programme saves 780 000 lives
Health-e News | 11 April 2014
South Africa’s HIV antiretroviral (ARV) treatment programme saved 780 000 lives between 2003 and 2012, according to a recently released independent review.
North West health probes baby milk formula scandal
City Press | 4 April 2014
The North West health department is investigating why a quarter of 20 000 cases of baby milk formula had to be destroyed.
Experts call for accelerating progress towards universal HIV treatment access
UNAIDS | 3 April 2014
Scientific experts from 41 countries have gathered in Vancouver, Canada for a four-day meeting to examine the latest evidence regarding the prevention benefits of antiretroviral therapy. The meeting also focused on developing new targets to end the AIDS epidemic, including a commitment to bring HIV treatment to all people who are eligible.
South African National HIV Prevalence, Incidence & Behaviour Survey, 2012
Health-e News | 1 April 2014
The latest national HIV survey in South Africa finds increases in HIV prevalence, decreases in condom use and earlier sexual debut for boys among other findings.   Launched on 1 April 2014, the report is the latest large HIV household survey from South Africa’s Human Sciences Research Council and follows earlier surveys in 2002, 2005 and 2009. The survey continues to show the heightened vulnerability of women in the country who begin to be at higher risk of contracting the...
Gauteng health puts measures in place to stop negligence at hospitals
City Press | 31 March 2014
The Gauteng health department has implemented measures to limit medical negligence at its facilities, MEC Hope Papo has said.
TB contracted more in general community than home
SABC | 25 March 2014
There are more people who contract TB in the general community than they do in their homes.