South African Health Review 2008

Series Name: 
South African Health Review
Published by: 
Health Systems Trust

The theme of this 13th edition of the Review, launched in December 2008, is Primary Health Care in South Africa: A review of 30 years since Alma Ata. The SAHR 2008 chapters focus on critical issues in Primary Health Care. The Review includes a national and international perspective of Primary Health Care, and focuses on areas such as policy and legislation, determinants of health, lifestyle, infectious diseases, mental health, maternal and child health, nutrition and environmental health. The SAHR reviews issues around human resources, finance, and information. It also looks at research on health systems, the role of the private and non-governmental organisations in Primary Health Care, and ends with the relevant health and related indicators chapter.

Targeted adherence measures and viral load monitoring needed to improve retention in South African ART programme

Of the people living with HIV in South Africa who are eligible to start antiretroviral therapy (ART), only 57% are in care and only 37% of the 2012/2013 cohort of people receiving ART were given a viral load test, according to new results announced by the CEO of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) at the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society Conference held in Cape Town, South Africa, last month.
The session on viral load monitoring, adherence and retention in care was hosted by the South African activism organisations Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and Section 27’s (formerly known as the AIDS Law Project) magazine called the NSP Review which tracks and monitors the implementation of South Africa’s National Strategic P

Assistant Director: Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT)

National Department of Health
Closing Date: 
3 November 2014
The Department of Health is registered with the Department of Labour as a designated Employer and the filling of the following posts will be in line with the Employment Equity Act (including people with disabilities).
The Director-General, National Department of Health, Private Bag X828, Pretoria. 0001.

Data Collectors/Field Workers

Health Systems Trust
Closing Date: 
5 August 2014
Health Systems Trust is a dynamic, not-for-profit organisation that supports the development of an equitable and comprehensive health system for the provision of quality health care in South and southern Africa.
Health Systems Trust (HST) wishes to appoint up to 22 Data Collectors/Field Workers as short-term independent contractors based in the Gauteng Province.

Provincial Epidemiologists x3

Health Systems Trust
Closing Date: 
25 July 2014
Health Systems Trust is a dynamic, not-for-profit organisation that supports the development of an equitable and comprehensive health system for the provision of quality health care in South and southern Africa.
Health Systems Trust wishes to appoint three Provincial Epidemiologists to provide innovative and routine reports on the HIV, AIDS and TB health services in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and Northern Cape Provinces. This includes triangulating the routine data collected within the health services with data from surveys and modelling exercises to better understand the local burden, characteristics and epidemiology of the diseases within the province.

Flat funding, harsh laws could hurt Uganda’s battle against HIV

Inadequate funding coupled with harsh laws targeting same sex unions could erode the gains so far made in the fight against HIV in Uganda, activists warn.
While the Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA) is already in force, activists have expressed fears that the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Bill 2014 - passed by parliament on 13 May and stipulating fines and jail terms of up to 10 years for those found guilty of “willful and intentional” transmission but still awaiting presidential assent - could stigmatize those with the virus and restrict access to health. 
On 12 June, Finance, Planning and Economic Development Minister Maria Kiwanuka announced in her 2014-2015 budget speech that the government

Project Development Specialist - HIV Behavioral Specialist

Closing Date: 
11 June 2014
Reference No.: 674-14-1015B
Position/Salary Range: Project Development Specialist - HIV Behavioral Specialist
FSN-11: R385,582.00 - R540,006.00 (Full performance - Basic Salary)
FSN-10: R335,582.00 - R469,815.00 (Trainee level - Basic Salary)
Additional benefits include miscellaneous allowance, medical and pension fund subsidy and housing and dependents’ education assistance subject to qualification. 

Motsoaledi returns for second term as health minister

Aaron Motsoaledi comes back for a second term as health minister, with former deputy arts and culture minister Joe Phaahla as his deputy.
A medical doctor by training, the hard-working Dr Motsoaledi has won praise from all sides for his frank acknowledgement of the problems facing South Africa’s health system, and the energy he has devoted to undoing the damage wrought by former health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, who allowed the health system to crumble while she promoted unscientific remedies for AIDS.
He has also restored dignity to the scientific community, once much maligned by Dr Tshabalala-Msimang.
President Jacob Zuma has in all likelihood kept him in t