Healthcare Trends 2018

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Dr William Mapham.
#Designindaba2018: SA's crowd-sourced solution for a global problem

Dr William Mapham, an ophthalmologist hailing from the Eastern Cape, who conceived the Vula app, whilst working at the Vula Emehlo Eye Clinic in rural Swaziland and experiencing first-hand the difficulties faced by rural health workers in need of specialist advice, spoke on Day 2 of Design Indaba and received a standing ovation...

By Sue Disler 2 days ago

Adrian Gore, CEO: Discovery. Photo: BusinessLIVE
Discovery offers aid in public health

Discovery CEO Adrian Gore says he would welcome the opportunity to partner with the government in scaling some of the insurer's healthcare innovations across the public sector, at no financial benefit...

2 days ago

#Budget2018: Medical aid credits stay, but NHI funding model still unclear
#Budget2018: Medical aid credits stay, but NHI funding model still unclear

The approximately eight-million people in South Africa who rely on medical tax credits to subsidise the cost of existing medical aid schemes can breathe a sigh of relief...

By Lebo Motsumi 2 days ago

More patient education needed on respiratory conditions
More patient education needed on respiratory conditions

There is a significant need in South Africa for education around respiratory conditions such as asthma and allergic rhinitis. This according to Dr. Shaunagh Emanuel, honorary secretary of the Allergy Society of South Africa (ALLSA) with an Allergy Practice in Cape Town...

Issued by Cipla 3 days ago

UN warns of rising food insecurity across Africa
UN warns of rising food insecurity across Africa

About 224-million people are undernourished in Africa as climate change and conflicts heighten food insecurity across the continent, a top UN food agency official said on Monday, 19 February...

20 Feb 2018

Lullu Krugel, chief economist at PwC
#BizFinFocus: PwC's economic take on what #Budget2018 will hold

While there has been an upward revision in growth for the year - 1.5-1.8% for South Africa - with business confidence also increasing, the country is still not where it needs to be by a long shot...

By Danette Breitenbach 20 Feb 2018

Photo: Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Study: Vaccines prevent death and alleviate poverty

Increased investments in 10 vaccines administered in low- and middle-income countries over a 15-year period could avert up to 36-million deaths and 24-million cases of medical impoverishment...

19 Feb 2018

How well is SA's vitamins and supplements market?
How well is SA's vitamins and supplements market?

Stimulated by an ageing global population and increased focus on health, wellness and preventative healthcare, there has been significant growth in the vitamins and dietary supplements market...

Issued by Insight Survey 19 Feb 2018

After long delay, lab service starts CEO's disciplinary hearing
After long delay, lab service starts CEO's disciplinary hearing

Almost a year after the National Health Laboratory Service's (NHLS's) board suspended its top executives for alleged corruption and maladministration, it has only just begun getting its teeth into the meat of the disciplinary action it brought against them...

By Tamar Kahn 16 Feb 2018

How Cape Town's water crisis could make people sick
How Cape Town's water crisis could make people sick

Day Zero, when the four million people living in Cape Town run out of water, is becoming a real possibility...

By Bob Mash, Hassan Mahomed and Shrikant Peters 15 Feb 2018

East Cape seeks to fill 1800 posts at hospitals
East Cape seeks to fill 1800 posts at hospitals

The provincial Department of Health has set aside R300-million to fill more than 1800 critical posts...

13 Feb 2018

Sars to hold sugar tax roadshows in March
Sars to hold sugar tax roadshows in March

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) will engage industry stakeholders on the Sugary Beverages Levy...

13 Feb 2018

#DayZero: Tips to keep healthy if the taps run dry
#DayZero: Tips to keep healthy if the taps run dry

Day Zero is looming over Cape Town like the Sword of Damocles. Currently earmarked for 11 May 2018, the spectre of the taps running dry has serious ramifications for the city, which has already been declared a disaster area, and its close on four-million residents. Here are some tips to keep you healthy if that day comes...

9 Feb 2018

WHO keeps tabs on antibiotic resistance with new system
WHO keeps tabs on antibiotic resistance with new system

The WHO's new Global Antimicrobial Surveillance System reveals widespread occurrence of antibiotic resistance among 500,000 people with suspected bacterial infections across 22 countries...

7 Feb 2018

Not all spring water in Cape Town is safe
Not all spring water in Cape Town is safe

Beware: Not all of the spring water being collected by residents in Cape Town is safe for drinking...

By Tanya Farber 7 Feb 2018

Lutubeni Clinic, one of eight being constructed in the Eastern Cape
Progress made on blueprint primary healthcare clinics project

Three of 11 clinics with a total value of R457m, and which form part of the National Health Insurance (NHI) pilot projects, have been completed in the Eastern Cape...

5 Feb 2018

Cape hospitals invest in water supplies
Cape hospitals invest in water supplies

Private hospitals are not taking any chances with Western Cape Premier Helen Zille's promise that water supplies to their facilities will be maintained in the event of Day Zero...

By Tamar Kahn 2 Feb 2018

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Research shows shocking rise in obesity levels in urban Africa over past 25 years

Rapid urbanisation and associated changes in people's lifestyle means Africa faces a growing obesity problem...

By Dickson Amugsi 30 Jan 2018

Partnership to foster blood donation culture among young South Africans
Partnership to foster blood donation culture among young South Africans

SANBS, FNB Varsity Cup and WPBTS have entered into a partnership that aims to raise awareness around blood donation in young South Africans, inculcate a culture of blood donation, and increase the amount of blood donated in SA...

26 Jan 2018

Building an effective mental health defence force to serve SA communities
Building an effective mental health defence force to serve SA communities

While there may be some resources directed at clinical and medical treatment for mental health issues, the question is what are we doing when it comes to the proactive prevention and the promotion of mental health at the community level?

25 Jan 2018

Samples of the motorcycles donated by WHO. Image: Ayodamola Owoseye. Source:
WHO donates 853 motorcycles to Nigeria

The World Health Organisation has donated 853 motorcycles to the Nigerian government to improve disease surveillance in the country...

By Ayodamola Owoseye 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

IHI Africa Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare to feature international health experts
IHI Africa Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare to feature international health experts

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) brings you the first IHI Africa Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare which takes place at the Durban International Conference Centre from 19-21 February...

Issued by COHSASA 17 Jan 2018

Dr Barney Selebano. Photo: BusinessLIVE
Barney Selebano resigns from Gauteng health department

Suspended Gauteng health department head Dr Barney Selebano has resigned. This was confirmed by a senior official in the department...

By Penwell Dlamini 17 Jan 2018

Ntutule Tshenye, GM - Philips South Africa; Gauteng MEC for Health, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa; Dr Freddy Kgongwana, CEO of Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital (DGMAH); and Jose Fernandes, Head Philips Healthcare, South Africa
Gauteng Health invests R36m in cancer facility

An advanced oncology facility, costing R36m, has opened at the Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital (GDMAH) in Ga-Rankuwa, Tshwane...

16 Jan 2018

Driverless cars could be better or worse for our health - it's up to us
Driverless cars could be better or worse for our health - it's up to us

Driverless cars - autonomous vehicles - are coming. The topic is a constant presence in media; The New York Times Magazine recently devoted most of an issue to it...

By Jim Sallis 12 Jan 2018

The One Show Health, Wellness & Pharmaceutical jury announced
The One Show Health, Wellness & Pharmaceutical jury announced

The One Club for Creativity yesterday announced the jury for its new Health, Wellness & Pharmaceutical discipline for The One Show 2018...

12 Jan 2018

A nurse weighs a baby at a clinic in Accra, Ghana. Photo: Kate Holt/MCSP
There's more to evidence-based policies than data: why it matters for healthcare

A critical part of reaching the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals in 13 years' time is to ensure that everyone can access equitable and affordable healthcare...

By Aku Kwamie 11 Jan 2018

Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi
Listeria contaminated abattoir to remain closed

While it cannot be proven to be the source of the current Listeriosis outbreak, a chicken abattoir will remain closed "in the best interest of public health"...

9 Jan 2018

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