Healthcare Trends 2018

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Late diagnosis causing more deaths in HIV-positive children
Late diagnosis causing more deaths in HIV-positive children

A new study is raising concern that more children infected with HIV are dying early in hospitals in spite of ART being available, blaming delayed diagnosis among this pool of patients for the problem...

By Elgar Machuka 12 Feb 2018

We found ways to shorten the turnaround time for diagnosing babies with HIV
We found ways to shorten the turnaround time for diagnosing babies with HIV

They say timing is everything. And in sub-Saharan Africa, where roughly a third of untreated HIV infected babies die before they reach the age of one, a timely diagnosis is everything...

By Jónas Oddur Jónasson 23 Jan 2018

Inclusivity is key in the fight against HIV
Inclusivity is key in the fight against HIV

In recent years, South Africa has made great strides towards providing support to those infected and affected with HIV...

By Steve Letsike 22 Jan 2018

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Birth control injection could increase HIV risk by 40%

Women using the intramuscular injectable contraceptive depot medroxyprogesterone acetate, or DMPA may have a 40% increased risk for HIV infection...

11 Jan 2018

Professor Kaymanthri Moodley, director, Centre for Medical Ethics & Law, Stellenbosch University. Photo: YouTube
#WorldAIDSDay2017: Preying on hope

At the turn of the century, and influenced by his distrust of Western medicine, then-president Thabo Mbeki lost the plot. amid much media coverage, he proclaimed that HIV didn't cause Aids...

By Nicci Botha 1 Dec 2017

Urvashi Ramjee, head of claims management at Old Mutual Group Assurance
#WorldAIDSDay2017: We can't afford to become complacent

While education and better access to antiretroviral treatment (ARV) continues to improve HIV status in South Africa, we cannot afford to become complacent...

1 Dec 2017

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Fastjet, (Red) and Oliver Mtukudzi team up in the fight for an Aids-free generation

A new partnership between Fastjet and Aids organisation (Red) will be launched with the release of a new track, Holiday by legendary singer-songwriter Oliver Mtukudzi. 100% of the proceeds from track sales will be donated to the Global Fund...

28 Nov 2017

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Campaign set to make taxi industry healthier

The PHILA Taxi Industry Campaign was launched on 27 November 2017 in an effort to strengthen the delivery of health and wellness services in the taxi industry...

24 Nov 2017

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Queering the healthcare space

Public health facilities are missing an opportunity to reduce HIV transmission because they are ill-equipped to meet the needs of men who have sex with men (MSM)...

20 Nov 2017

Engen health screenings continue through #TransportMonth
Engen health screenings continue through #TransportMonth

In celebration of Transport Month, Engen Petroleum is continuing on its annual Driver Wellness programme, offering free health screenings for truck drivers at two Engen Truck Stops in Gauteng...

10 Oct 2017

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KZN kicks off chronic care programme for HIV patients

Right to Care has launched an integrated care initiative in KwaZulu-Natal's UThukela District to reduce the incidence of chronic diseases in HIV-positive patients...

9 Oct 2017

Is SA's healthcare getting better?
Is SA's healthcare getting better?

Insight Survey's latest South African Healthcare Industry Landscape Report 2017 provides a holistic understanding of the healthcare landscape in South Africa based on the latest information and research...

Issued by Insight Survey 28 Aug 2017

Zambia makes HIV testing compulsory
Zambia makes HIV testing compulsory

HIV testing, counselling and treatment is now compulsory for patients at Zambia's public healthcare facilities...

21 Aug 2017

Examining community health workers' role in fighting HIV in Africa
Examining community health workers' role in fighting HIV in Africa

Community health worker programmes can play a key role in providing HIV services in Africa...

18 Aug 2017

Glenda Grey, president of the South African Medical Research Council. Image ©
[Standard Bank Top Women Conference] Passionate for science

Science is an indication of a country's wealth, and the best indicator of a country's GDP and productivity is its scientific productivity. The investment of a country into science creates a healthy country and a healthy country is a wealthy country...

By Danette Breitenbach 18 Aug 2017

Micro-finance, education reduces women's vulnerability to gender-based violence
Micro-finance, education reduces women's vulnerability to gender-based violence

Tackling gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS which plagues South African women, the Intervention with Microfinance for AIDS and Gender Equity (IMAGE) programme works to improve the economic well-being and financial independence of rural women...

17 Aug 2017

Legal barriers to fast tracking HIV/TB response in Africa
Legal barriers to fast tracking HIV/TB response in Africa

Progress on the Global Commission on HIV and the Law recommendations was discussed at the second Africa Regional Dialogue...

4 Aug 2017

Partnership to boost HIV treatment
Partnership to boost HIV treatment

A partnership to develop, test and scale innovative approaches to increase HIV testing, care and treatment has been signed...

5 Jul 2017

Africa gets generic version of most effective HIV drug
Africa gets generic version of most effective HIV drug

The generic version of the most advanced drug against HIV has been introduced in Kenya, a first in Africa...

29 Jun 2017

How-to guide on community-based HIV programmes launched
How-to guide on community-based HIV programmes launched

A guide, which solidifies nine years' worth of experience in developing and implementing community-based HIV-prevention programmes, has been launched...

26 Jun 2017

Kagiso Modupe meets a circumcision doctor
Over 5,000 men respond to #ZwakalaSkeem medical circumcision campaign

After Kagiso Modupe, champion of the Medical Male Circumcision (MMC) campaign branded #ZwakalaSkeem, called on 2,000 men to get medically circumcised with him, South African men has responded in droves...

10 May 2017

Nick Walker
Nick Walker's master plan to cure HIV

Last year's SingularityU Southern Africa Global Impact Challenge winner, Nick Walker, chats about his stem cell bank concept that could cure HIV...

By Jessica Tennant 7 Apr 2017

Positive results from TB and HIV/Aids prisons programme
Positive results from TB and HIV/Aids prisons programme

A national programme to address the risk of TB and HIV/Aids in the prison system has shown significant results...

9 Mar 2017

New drug option for Aids patients with TB
New drug option for Aids patients with TB

Some Aids patients, also with TB, start taking antiretrovirals hoping to get better. But they get sicker, temporarily at least...

By Ashleigh Furlong 2 Mar 2017

Dr Patience Mthunzi-Kufa. Source:
Laser-based approaches in HIV diagnostics

The CSIR biophotonics team will be presenting on laser-based HIV diagnostics at a global conference this week...

30 Jan 2017

What will it take to end Aids by 2030?
What will it take to end Aids by 2030?

Scientific advances mean nothing if people are too ashamed and feel too judged to seek them out...

By Mia Malan 5 Jan 2017

Mobile Health Clinics on the road to eliminate HIV
Mobile Health Clinics on the road to eliminate HIV

As we celebrate World Aids Day, a local company, Mobile Health Clinics (MHC), is set to play an integral role in the achievement of the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goal and stop the HIV epidemic in its tracks by 2030...

Issued by Jag Method 1 Dec 2016

#WorldAIDSDay: A very short history of HIV life insurance
#WorldAIDSDay: A very short history of HIV life insurance

For a long time people living with HIV, didn't qualify for life insurance, but now that they have an almost normal life expectancy, things have changed.

1 Dec 2016

#WorldAIDSDay: Liver cancer a threat to the life expectancy of people living with HIV
#WorldAIDSDay: Liver cancer a threat to the life expectancy of people living with HIV

People living with HIV have an increased life expectancy, but this has created a need to screen for comorbidities that still threaten their longevity...

1 Dec 2016

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