BizTrends 2018


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Dr Yusuf Osman
Africa's first neuromicroscope system goes live

A highly advanced robotic visualisation system used to guide the most intricate neurosurgeries is now operational at Netcare Garden City Hospital in Mayfair West, Johannesburg...

22 hours ago

Jacqui Stewart, CEO of Cohsasa
Quality improvement in the health sector is everybody's business

The story of the under-resourcing in Africa's public health sector is well documented, yet implementing and adhering to quality management systems can significantly to improve health outcomes...

1 day ago

Clicks opens 500th pharmacy
Clicks opens 500th pharmacy

Retail chain Clicks is celebrating the opening its 500th pharmacy at Clicks Park Station in Johannesburg.

6 Apr 2018

SU involved in developing predictive TB blood test
SU involved in developing predictive TB blood test

A new blood test that can predict tuberculosis (TB) up to two years before its onset in people at high risk of developing the disease has a South African connection...

6 Apr 2018

Digital is the way to go for hospitals
Digital is the way to go for hospitals

To patients, hospitals are regarded as sanctums of healing, but the truth is private sector facilities must also be sustainable businesses...

By Peter Mills 6 Apr 2018

Ummy Mwalimu, Tanzanian health, community development, gender, elderly and children minister
Few cancer cases make it to hospital in Tanzania

Only 13,000 of the people diagnosed with cancer each year in Tanzania report to hospital for treatment...

By Syriacus Buguzi 5 Apr 2018

Dr Caradee Wright, senior specialist scientist at the South African Medical Research Council
Climate change and its affect on healthcare systems

Between 2030 and 2050, climate change will result in 250,000 additional deaths per year...

5 Apr 2018

Four ways entrepreneurs can avoid sick days
Four ways entrepreneurs can avoid sick days

Unlike those in regular employment, you can't call up and have a day off sick when you've your own business to run, particularly in the early stages when you may be managing things all by yourself...

Issued by Monetary Library 4 Apr 2018

Success in the fight against fraud, waste and abuse
Success in the fight against fraud, waste and abuse

"Fraud, waste and abuse (FWA) in the healthcare industry is one of the main drivers of healthcare inflation and increased costs," says Kenneth Marion, Chief Operating Officer of Bonitas Medical Fund...

Issued by Bonitas 4 Apr 2018

Researchers say use of artificial intelligence in medicine raises ethical questions
Researchers say use of artificial intelligence in medicine raises ethical questions

Artificial intelligence is hard at work crunching health data to improve diagnostics and help doctors make better decisions for their patients. But...

By Patricia Hannon 4 Apr 2018

South Africa has a health workforce in crisis. Photo: Nic Bothma/EPA
Better health services rest on building trust among healthcare workers

A health system that communities experience as uncaring and unaccountable undermines and ultimately destroys trust in the health system...

By Veloshnee Govender 4 Apr 2018

Westbury Clinic
Clinic scoops global design award

A R23m South Africa health facility has won first prize in the Health Completed Buildings at the Berlin World Architecture Festival Awards.

3 Apr 2018

How innovation can contribute to food and nutrition security
How innovation can contribute to food and nutrition security

"We hope to produce so-called smart foods with extra health benefits that are safe, marketable, affordable, ready to eat and trendsetting."

By Mologadi Makwela 3 Apr 2018

Professor Quinette Louw
Most patients with low back pain get the wrong treatment - study

An estimated 540-million people are debilitated by low back pain at any given time worldwide. In Africa, the statistic translates into more than one in three people...

3 Apr 2018

is a Somali psychotherapist, writer, specialist on female genital mutilation (FGM) and gender rights, and lead campaigner working to end violence against women and girls.
It's time to stop tiptoeing around FGM, says Leyla Hussein

In today's world, the girl child is the most vulnerable, and female genital mutilation (FGM) is one of the cruellest practices and forms of discrimination against girls and women...

By Danette Breitenbach 2 Apr 2018

Study: Immune history effects flu vaccine efficiency
Study: Immune history effects flu vaccine efficiency

Flu vaccines have been less effective in recent years. New research shows that this is due to an immune history with the flu which influences a person's response to the vaccine...

29 Mar 2018

Netcare pulls out of the UK market
Netcare pulls out of the UK market

Netcare has decided to pull out of the United Kingdom market, and will begin a process of disposing of its interests in General Healthcare Group (GHG)...

29 Mar 2018

Professor Reinout Meijboom, head of the Department of Chemistry and Professor Marianne Cronjé, head of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Johannesburg
Treating cancer with silver-based drugs is showing promising results

A silver thiocyanate phosphine complex, called UJ3 for short, is showing promise as a low-dosage cancer treatment...

28 Mar 2018

Study: Antibiotic resistance is growing in low- and middle-income countries
Study: Antibiotic resistance is growing in low- and middle-income countries

Although the threat of antibiotic resistance is well-documented, global use has increased by 39% between 2000 and 2015, especially in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) including South Africa...

28 Mar 2018

Rainbow Chicken polony cleared of deadly listeria bacteria
Rainbow Chicken polony cleared of deadly listeria bacteria

The national health department has confirmed the Listeria bacteria found at the Rainbow Chicken polony factory is not the ST6 strain that caused 91% of cases...

By Katharine Child 28 Mar 2018

New clinical skills training centre aims to improve quality and safety
New clinical skills training centre aims to improve quality and safety

The quality and outcomes of the health service often boils down to getting the basics right, such as employing best practices in clinical procedures...

By Nicci Botha 27 Mar 2018

Former Gauteng health MEC, Qedani Mahlangu. Photo: Oupa Nkosi
#LifeEsidimeni: In six weeks we'll know if Qedani Mahlangu will be prosecuted

After being awarded damages, distraught families want more: the former Gauteng Health MEC must face criminal charges...

By Mia Malan 26 Mar 2018

Cipla's novel solution to prevent TB in people living with HIV/AIDS
Cipla's novel solution to prevent TB in people living with HIV/AIDS

With tuberculosis (TB) estimated to infect around 781 out of every 100,000 South Africans, people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) are currently at the highest risk of both contracting and dying of this condition...

Issued by Cipla 23 Mar 2018

IHK meets international standards a second time around
IHK meets international standards a second time around

The International Hospital Kampala (IHK), a 100-bed private hospital in Uganda and part of the International Medical Group, has noticed a significant drop in hospital-acquired infections (HAI)...

By Marilyn Keegan and Nancy Akullo, Issued by COHSASA 23 Mar 2018

Big Tobacco is funding the anti-smoking lobby - but leaked documents reveal the real reason why

The world's top experts on tobacco and health gathered at a conference in South Africa last week to discuss how to prevent an estimated a billion people dying of smoking-related diseases this century...

By Andrew Rowell 23 Mar 2018

Sama: #Life Esidimini is a serious indictment on government
Sama: #Life Esidimini is a serious indictment on government

Retired Justice Dikgang Moseneke's opening paragraph in his Life Esidimeni ruling sums up the horror of case...

23 Mar 2018

#WorldTBDay: Rise in drug-resistant TB
#WorldTBDay: Rise in drug-resistant TB

While the incidence of drug-susceptible (DS-TB), which is treated with the antibiotics rifampicin and isoniazid, has marginally declined in the past decade, there has been a marked increase in drug-resistant TB (DR-TB).

22 Mar 2018

Listeriosis: Food safety expert highlights need for clear government regulations
Listeriosis: Food safety expert highlights need for clear government regulations

Food safety expert Dr Lucia Anelich says the listeriosis outbreak in South Africa has shown the urgent need for appropriate microbiological regulations for processed meats...

By Michael Acott 22 Mar 2018

Photo: MGH Institute of Health Professions
Lives at risk as Murchison Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal continues to operate

Murchison Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal's Ugu district continues to operate in breach of a national health protocol under conditions made hazardous to patients and medical personnel...

By Neels Blom 20 Mar 2018

Cathie Webb, South Africa Payroll Association executive
NHI: Where has the money gone?

An additional R4.2bn has been allocated to National Health Insurance (NHI) over the medium term in the latest budget...

20 Mar 2018

#LifeEsidimeni victims' families awarded R1.2m
#LifeEsidimeni victims' families awarded R1.2m

Government has been ordered to pay victims of the mental healthcare marathon project a total of R1.2 million each by no later than 19 June 2018...

19 Mar 2018

Dr Richard Friedland, CEO: Netcare
Competition Tribunal gives the green light for Netcare/Akeso deal

The Competition Tribunal has approved Netcare's acquisition of Akeso Clinics, a group of 12 dedicated mental healthcare facilities...

19 Mar 2018

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