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Caregivers need to be educated on the importance of routine nutrition screening and interventions. Photo: Shutterstock
South Africa's effort to improve child health is having teething problems

Understanding children's nutritional status is important. Globally, nearly half of all deaths in children under five are caused by malnutrition...

By Renée Blaauw and Lisanne du Plessis 13 hours ago

Photo: Oupa Nkosi
Why is this 290-bed North West hospital catering for just 19 patients?

The National Health, Education and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) has threatened to make its strike in North West a national issue if Premier Supra Mahumapelo does not resign...

By Pontsho Pilane 1 day ago

Busting the two biggest myths about your immune system

Winter is here, and that gets us thinking about our immune system, and what we need to do to boost it, so that it helps us avoid colds and flu, or at least recover from them more quickly...

Issued by Association for Dietetics in South Africa 5 hours ago

Meet the speakers thus far: 19th Annual BHF Conference 17-20 June 2018

Themed Putting the healthcare citizen first | Pushing the boundaries of the impossible, the 19th annual BHF conference will be held at Sun City from 17-20 June...

Issued by Board of Healthcare Funders 1 day ago

TAG calls for public support for Tobacco Bill

In the run-up to World No Tobacco Day, South Africans are being encouraged to support the proposed Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill...

2 days ago

Department places over 1,500 medical interns

The Department of Health has placed over 1,500 medical interns and 1,300 community service doctors for the 2018 and 2019 annual cycle...

2 days ago

Rands and sense: Why the National Health Insurance may lead to better health budgets

About 200m from where I work in Rosebank, Johannesburg, there is a private clinic housing a general practitioner, a team of specialised surgeons, a rehabilitation centre, and state-of-the-art imaging and radiology technology...

By Natasha Salant 16 May 2018

Ebola outbreak in DRC: Are we better prepared this time?

It is almost certain that we won't see a repeat of the 2014-16 West African epidemic that claimed 11,000 lives, but healthcare experts need to act swiftly, nonetheless...

By Connor Bamford 14 May 2018

DRC and its neighbours mobilise resources to tackle Ebola outbreak

At least 17 people have died in an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in the north-west of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the town of Bikoro. Ebola is endemic to the country. But the number of deaths in a short period is cause for concern...

By Chikwe Ihekweazu 11 May 2018

Are Cuban doctors the magic cure to East Africa's health sector?

Kenya and Uganda are at advanced stages of bringing in at least 300 doctors from Cuba to ease staffing shortages in rural health facilities and deal with increasing threats of industrial action by disgruntled local medical practitioners...

8 May 2018

NW health tables plan to boost workforce

In a bid to increase its health workforce, the North West health department says more than 700 medical students will be leaving Cuba to come and do their final 6th year of their medical degree course in South Africa...

4 May 2018

NICD confirms mango fly maggot infestation in North West province

The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) has confirmed an outbreak of maggot (tumbu fly) infestation in people in the North West province and increased sporadic cases in Gauteng...

4 May 2018

How mine dumps in South Africa affect the health of communities living nearby

Mining companies are often criticised for dumping waste without taking the necessary precautions...

By Vusumuzi Nkosi 3 May 2018

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