Healthcare Trends 2018

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Expert calls for co-operation in listeriosis probe

A leading meat scientist has urged the companies implicated in SA's biggest recorded outbreak of listeriosis to collaborate in efforts to determine how their products became contaminated with deadly listeria bacteria...

2 days ago

ATM pharmacy dispenses in under three minutes

Long queues for public health patients collecting chronic medication could be a thing of the past with the ATM pharmacy which delivers repeat prescriptions in under three minutes...

3 days ago

Massive measles vaccination campaign underway in Somalia

Millions of Somali children will be vaccinated against measles in a joint campaign by the WHO, Unicef and local health authorities...

3 days ago

Stadio set to train doctors, engineers

Stadio Holdings, the PSG-aligned private tertiary education specialist that listed late in 2017, looks set to establish medical and engineering schools in the next three years...

By Marc Hasenfuss 14 Mar 2018

Understanding Africa's diverse gene pool can help fight lifestyle diseases

Africa is home to about 16% of the world's population. That's 1.2 billion people. But the continent is disproportionately burdened by a double health challenge: infectious diseases and a recent increase in non-communicable diseases...

By Michèle Ramsay 14 Mar 2018

What led to world's worst listeriosis outbreak in South Africa

South Africa has had the biggest listeriosis outbreak in the world that resulted in more than 180 deaths to date...

13 Mar 2018

UFS acquires clinical research company

The University of the Free State (UFS) has concluded a deal with Parexel International to acquire 100% shares in the latter's locally-based clinical research business, Farmovs-Parexel...

12 Mar 2018

VAT increase won't impact on medical aid contributions

There has been much debate around the 1% value-added tax (VAT), its impact on consumers and just how this will affect the money left in their pockets at the end of the month...

12 Mar 2018

Partnership beefs up veterinary services across Africa, Asia and Middle East to tackle animal disease

In just 12 months a USAID-FAO partnership, which works to strengthen the capacity of developing countries to manage outbreaks of diseases in farm animals, trained more than 4,700 veterinary health professionals in 25 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East...

12 Mar 2018

Listeriosis outbreak: A people-centred crisis approach is the most essential

Victor Moreriane analyses the current crisis management related to the outbreak of listeriosis...

By Victor Moreriane 9 Mar 2018

Five human cases of rabies confirmed by NICD

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has confirmed five human cases of rabies in South Africa since December 2017...

9 Mar 2018

Ferrero unveils Primary Health Care Centre for factory staff and family

The Michele Ferrero Entrepreneurial Project - South Africa, has opened the doors to its Primary Health Care Centre in Walkerville...

Issued by Optimize Enhancing Effectiveness 8 Mar 2018

Marketing is key in medicines distribution in Africa

The media is a key platform for dissemination of information around medications on the continent in Africa, where virtual spaza shops for drugs proliferate...

By Nomfundo Dlamini 8 Mar 2018

40% of Uganda's health centres don't stock drugs to treat chronic diseases

When the World Health Organisation created an essential medicines list in the early 2000s, the aim was to provide a list of medicines that should be made available and accessible to country's entire population...

By Jeremy Schwartz and Mari Armstrong-Hough 8 Mar 2018

Dedicated website set up to address Listeriosis questions and concerns

Food microbiologist and food safety specialist Professor Lucia Anelich of Anelich Consulting is hosting a website to address public concerns about the recent Listeriosis outbreak...

7 Mar 2018

Medical scheme claims expenditure far outstrips inflation

Annual medical scheme claims expenditure rose on average by 11.3% a year over the past decade, far faster than consumer price inflation, which increased on average by just 6.1%...

7 Mar 2018

Improving practices and reducing the risk of SSIs in African hospitals

Preventing surgical site infections (SSIs) is very complex, since the problem results from a number of factors affecting the patient's entire surgical journey, including after hospital discharge...

7 Mar 2018

Why setting up 24-hour clinics in South Africa's busiest city is a good idea

The City of Johannesburg is planning to provide 24-hour clinics in an attempt to increase access to healthcare...

By Laetitia Rispel 6 Mar 2018

CoCT health services expands its post-natal offering

The City of Cape Town is introducting post-natal services for moms and babies at all of its clinics...

5 Mar 2018

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A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: A capital of knowledge

How does a nation get ahead in the global economy if its landmass and population size is small? Although I hadn't thought much about it previously, an article in the Times of Malta made me think of my newly adopted homeland rather differently. The answer is to position yourself as a player in the knowledge economy.

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 2 Mar 2018

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