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Flu plane: are we really ready for a global pandemic?

An Emirates airliner was quarantined at John F Kennedy International Airport on September 5 after several passengers reported flu-like symptoms...

By Mark Eccleston-Turner 2 days ago

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Climate change, water and the spread of diseases: connecting the dots differently

Half a century ago concerns about climate change, environment vulnerability, population density and the sustainability of earth systems reached a broad audience.

By Lenore Manderson 2 days ago

'Fake food' in South Africa: myths, misinformation and not enough data
'Fake food' in South Africa: myths, misinformation and not enough data

Owners of small shops in South Africa - in most cases foreigners - have been accused of stocking counterfeit food and food that's past its sell-by date. The issue has been caught up in xenophobic violence, with shop owners targeted...

By Jane Battersby and Gareth Haysom 9 hours ago

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People across Africa have to travel far to get to a hospital. We worked out how far

Nearly half of all deaths and about a third of disabilities in low and middle-income countries could be avoided if people had access to emergency care...

By Paul Ouma & Emelda Okiro 14 Sep 2018

Professor Ian Couper
African mid-level health workers need better training

As the frontline of healthcare in Africa, mid-level health workers need improved training to help them reduce the burden of disease in their communities...

13 Sep 2018

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Zimbabwean cholera death toll rises to 16

The death toll from the cholera outbreak in Harare's high-density suburbs of Glen View and Budiriro has risen to 16, with health officials yesterday quarantining and decommissioning all possible sources of the disease...

By Nyemudzai Kakore & Munyaradzi Masiiwa 10 Sep 2018

EC Health extends Life Esidimeni Kirkwood contract
EC Health extends Life Esidimeni Kirkwood contract

The Eastern Cape Health Department has assured mental healthcare patients at Life Esidimeni Kirkwood that their lives are not in danger with the end of the health facility's contract...

6 Sep 2018

David Harrison
No evidence of 'fake food', but tap water is sold as spring water, Motsoaledi says

Eight months after it began, South Africa's listeriosis outbreak - the largest the world had ever seen - is officially over...

6 Sep 2018

R10m to recruit mental healthcare practitioners in EC
R10m to recruit mental healthcare practitioners in EC

In a bid to address mental healthcare in the Eastern Cape Health Department, the ministry has announced that a budget of R10m has been set aside to recruit health practitioners...

5 Sep 2018

The outbreak of listeriosis is over - Motsoaledi
The outbreak of listeriosis is over - Motsoaledi

Grocery stores have been given the green light to once again stock processed meat on shelves and pack them in lunch boxes...

4 Sep 2018

Carl Grillenberger, Advanced Health CEO
Private healthcare industry needs to change

The "startling costs" of South African private healthcare is at the heart of the Competition Commission's Health Market Inquiry (HMI) draft report released in July...

3 Sep 2018

Charlton Murove, head of the BHF’s research unit. Photo: ehealthnews
BHF study: human resources distribution is good and bad news

A distribution audit of healthcare professionals across all disciplines highlights areas of concern, but there are also some reasons for optimism as the country moves towards universal healthcare...

31 Aug 2018

Africa commits to WHO access to medicine goals
Africa commits to WHO access to medicine goals

Access to medicines is at the core of universal health coverage (UHC), one of World Health Organisation's main priorities, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)...

30 Aug 2018

Dr Matshidiso Moeti
African health ministers pledge to end cholera by 2030

Forty-seven African countries adopted the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Framework for the Implementation of the Global Strategy for Cholera Prevention and Control to end outbreaks of the water-borne disease by 2030...

29 Aug 2018

District hospitals roped in to reduce Charlotte Maxeke operation backlog
District hospitals roped in to reduce Charlotte Maxeke operation backlog

Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital is referring patients to district hospitals in order to address the backlog of operations and reduce the number of patients on the waiting list...

22 Aug 2018

Sahpra to continue supply of medicine during strike
Sahpra to continue supply of medicine during strike

Sahpra says it has developed contingency plans to ensure that its essential services are not disrupted during the ongoing protest action by the employees of the Department of Health...

16 Aug 2018

Dr Guni Goolab, principal officer, Government Employee Medical Scheme
5 advantages of universal health coverage

The immense value that universal health coverage brings to a society is reflected by the fact that it is now included in the new Sustainable Development Goals...

16 Aug 2018

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We are guinea pigs in a worldwide experiment on microplastics

One of the main problems with plastics is that although we may only need them fleetingly - seconds in the case of microbeads in personal care products, or minutes as in plastic grocery bags - they stick around for hundreds of years...

By John Meeker 15 Aug 2018

Former North West premier, Supra Mahumapelo. Photo: Delwyn Verasamy
Supra Mahumapelo's legacy? Closed clinics, drug shortages and millions in debt

Mafikeng Provincial Hospital is running on skeleton staff and two clinics in the North West province have closed their doors because of a lack of security...

By Nelisiwe Msomi 14 Aug 2018

Karien Bornheim, founder and CEO, Footprint Africa Business Solutions
Using IoT to solve the healthcare puzzle

Footprint Africa Business Solutions has moved from IoT development into healthcare by creating Doc-in-a-box...

13 Aug 2018

Barney Selebano, former head of department. Photo: Joyrene Kramer, Section 27
How many doctors and nurses will lose their licenses over #LifeEsidimeni?

Half of the top officials responsible for the Life Esidimeni tragedy still have not been reported to their professional associations, according to information from the South African Nursing Council (Sanc)...

By Nelisiwe Msomi 7 Aug 2018

Free State health delivery improving, but there's more to do
Free State health delivery improving, but there's more to do

The Free State has made commendable progress in implementing some of the suggestions made by the National Council of Provinces to improve healthcare delivery in the province...

6 Aug 2018

MTV Shuga launches three new campaigns
MTV Shuga launches three new campaigns

The MTV Shuga drama series has launched three new 'edutainment' campaigns to target its audience and educate them regarding HIV prevention and self-testing...

1 Aug 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Who wants to live forever?
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Who wants to live forever?

When people ask me what the biggest difference about living in Malta is, my answer inevitably surprises them. I have become aware of a mysterious phenomenon, one that has such a surreal quality, that I can only invoke Salvador Dali to try to explain it...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 27 Jul 2018

Are healthier people going to save the planet?
Are healthier people going to save the planet?

Does our sensitivity to the planet's health depend on the status of our own, personal health?

By Dr Craig Nossel 24 Jul 2018

Will HMI insights get lost in the rush to finalise healthcare laws?
Will HMI insights get lost in the rush to finalise healthcare laws?

Has the almost simultaneous release of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill and the provisional findings of the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) created an information overload?

23 Jul 2018

#Mandela100: Africa needs leaders who live and exude integrity
#Mandela100: Africa needs leaders who live and exude integrity

Africa's new generation of leaders could learn a thing or two about how to become great, but it takes much more to become an extraordinary leader like Nelson Mandela...

By Rudo Kwaramba-Kayombo 19 Jul 2018

Poor quality health services are holding back UHC
Poor quality health services are holding back UHC

Inaccurate diagnosis, medication errors, inappropriate or unnecessary treatment, inadequate or unsafe clinical facilities or practices, or providers who lack training prevail in countries of all income levels...

17 Jul 2018

Why Cuban doctors in Kenya don't deserve the treatment they're getting
Why Cuban doctors in Kenya don't deserve the treatment they're getting

Cuban medical missions abroad are perhaps one of the most significant legacies of the 1959 Cuban Revolution...

By Rich Warner 13 Jul 2018

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