No rise in SA's ARV resistance
Times Live | 3 February 2016
So said the deputy director of the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, Francois Venter, in response to global reports that resistance to HIV drugs is on the rise in Africa.
According to a study published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases Journal, 60% of 2000 HIV patients in sub-Saharan Africa, tested because they had failed to respond adequately to tenofovir - one of the most commonly used antiretrovirals - had developed resistance to it.
Researchers at University College London...
Forced virginity-testing is unlawful and offensive, and will not prevent HIV-AIDS
Daily Maverick | 2 February 2016
Bathabile Dlamini is South Africa’s Minister of Social development and President of the ANC Women's League.
The print media and social media have been abuzz with the decision by the uThukela District Municipality in Kwazulu-Natal to put in place a bursary scheme for girls provided that they remain virgins.
Nurses leaving SA in droves
Pretoria News | 2 February 2016
Pretoria - More and more South African nurses are taking their skills and knowledge abroad for the promise of more pay and better working conditions.
This has plunged the country’s healthcare sector and nursing profession deep into crisis, the Pretoria News learnt on Monday.
The hardest-hit victims of the exodus are children, the sick, poor and elderly and those who live in areas where healthcare was already scarce, stakeholders said.
Hundreds of thousands of well-trained and...
Motsoaledi does not want NHI to limit choices
South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has distanced himself from a controversial proposal in the White Paper on National Health Insurance (NHI) to slash the benefits offered by medical schemes, saying the state should not limit patients’ choices.
He has also dismissed the paper’s cost projections, saying NHI is a long term-project that should be financed on a programme-by-programme basis.
The White Paper, released by the minister for public comment on December 11,...
WHO Director-General summarizes the outcome of the Emergency Committee on
WHO statement on the first meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee on Zika virus and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations.
I convened an Emergency Committee, under the International Health Regulations, to gather advice on the severity of the health threat associated with the continuing spread of Zika virus disease in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Committee met today by teleconference.
In assessing the level of...
Breast is best for babies, mothers and economy
Breastfeeding saves lives and money in all countries, rich and poor alike," said Cesar Victora from the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil, one of the authors of a research series published by The Lancet medical journal.
"There is a widespread misconception that the benefits of breastfeeding only relate to poor countries. Nothing could be further from the truth," he said in a statement.
The findings were based on analysis of 28 scientific reviews and meta-analyses that...
HPCSA is taking ‘corrective action’
Health-e News | 28 January 2016
The Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) is taking “corrective action” to address its shortcoming, which were identified by the Ministerial Task Team (MTT) set up by Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi. The HPCSA is due to meet the Minister today to update him on progress made since the MTT report was issued last November.
The HPCSA is due to meet the Minister today to update him on progress made since the MTT report was issued last November.
Epidemics on the horizon if threats not addressed - MSF
Mail & Guardian | 26 January 2016
The international aid organisation, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), has warned that without proper investment, epidemics of cholera, malaria, measles and meningitis are likely to pose a significant threat in the year ahead.
“At the same time, the threat posed by emerging and re-emerging virus and parasite-spread diseases – such as dengue fever, Zika, Ebola and kala-azar – needs to be faced,” warned the organisation’s Monica Rull in a statement ahead of the World...
Osborne: malaria eradication will create more prosperous world
The Guardian | 25 January 2016
The Microsoft tycoon Bill Gates and the UK chancellor, George Osborne, have pledged to fight a war on the world’s deadliest disease, malaria, with the aim of eliminating it by 2040.
Speaking at a conference at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, the pair announced £3bn in research funding in the UK to combat the mosquito-borne disease, which kills one child every minute.
Power struggles behind Free State TAC split
Health-e News | 25 January 2016
As Free State health services allegedly continue to deteriorate and prompt a heated battle between politicians and Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) activists, a new organisation has joined the fray as a former Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) leader breaks from TAC.
While the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has led a vocal campaign against the collapsing services in the Free State, targeting Health MEC, Benny Malakoane, TAC itself has been weakened by a split led by its own former provincial...
Health care is a social investment
Mercury | 22 January 2016
It’s not like any other commodity, so it shouldn’t be sold like any other commodity. Janet Smith spoke to Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi answers six big questions about the NHI White Paper:
Q: Are you intending to stop medical schemes providing the same services as NHI?
A: Health-care finance is going this way around the whole world, as evidenced by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) targets.
The whole concept is of universal...
Department aims to launch new health products watchdog next year
The Department of Health has set April 1 next year as the target date for establishing the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra), a development that will be closely watched by the pharmaceutical industry.
Sahpra will replace the overwhelmed Medicines Control Council (MCC), and will have a much wider mandate that includes the regulation of medical devices and complementary medicines.
The MCC cannot cope with the volume of applications it receives for new medicines and...