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#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 3 days ago

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

We must ensure new food retail technologies are pathways - not barriers - to better health
We must ensure new food retail technologies are pathways - not barriers - to better health

Imagine a world where smart pantries sense when you are running out of your favourite food and order more of it, without you lifting a finger. Where intelligent robots roam your grocery store, ever at your service...

By Kathryn Backholer 11 Jul 2018

RTI International/Ruth McDowall
Corruption in the Nigerian health sector has many faces. How to fix it

Countries plagued by corruption can attest to the fact that, once it becomes entrenched, it can be found in all sectors of an economy. But in low and middle income countries the health sector is particularly vulnerable...

11 Jul 2018

Photo: Mediosa
North West working to recoup Mediosa money

The North West Health MEC, Dr Magome Masike, says the department is working towards recouping taxpayers' money lost to mobile clinic, Mediosa...

11 Jul 2018

Nairobi is planning car-free days. They could bring many benefits
Nairobi is planning car-free days. They could bring many benefits

Kenya's capital, Nairobi, is the second most congested city in the world. To reduce congestion, Nairobi County has proposed car-free Wednesdays and Saturdays in two of the busiest parts of the city...

By Haneen Khreis and Mark Nieuwenhuijsen 10 Jul 2018

You're paying more for less when it comes to medical aid. Here's why
You're paying more for less when it comes to medical aid. Here's why

What are your chances of ending up in a hospital? Higher than you'd think if you are a medical aid member in a large city - and the reason reveals some never-before-seen truths about the country's private healthcare sector...

6 Jul 2018

Sandile Ngcobo, former chief justice. Photo: eThekwini Living Legends
Health Market Inquiry calls for transparency by medical aid schemes

A report by the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) looking into the private healthcare industry has recommended that there be increased transparency and improved competition...

6 Jul 2018

SA consumers need to be informed to avoid risk of opioid addiction
SA consumers need to be informed to avoid risk of opioid addiction

South Africans need to better understand the potential risks associated with using medication to combat pain, as even the use of certain pain medications, could lead to an individual needing professional help for addiction to opioids...

Issued by Cipla 5 Jul 2018

Competition Commission releases Health Market Inquiry report
Competition Commission releases Health Market Inquiry report

The Competition Commission's long-awaited Health Market Inquiry provisional report has been released...

5 Jul 2018

Clinics manage hypertension patients better when more hands are on deck
Clinics manage hypertension patients better when more hands are on deck

South Africa's clinic based health system was originally created to provide primary care services like maternal and child care and care for acute conditions such as pneumonia or malaria...

5 Jul 2018

SA medical students graduate from Cuba
SA medical students graduate from Cuba

Minister in the Presidency, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, says the medical graduates from the Nelson Mandela-Fidel Castro (NMFC) programme in Cuba is a boost for the country's efforts to implement the National Health Insurance (NHI)...

5 Jul 2018

Lerato Mosiah, CEO of the Health Funders Association
Amendments could threaten schemes' sustainability

While the proposed amendments to the Medical Schemes Act seek to lower the cost of private healthcare, they may have the unintended consequence of threatening the sustainability of medical schemes...

4 Jul 2018

Comment on the NHI Bills presented by Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi
Comment on the NHI Bills presented by Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi

Bonitas Medical Fund welcomes the draft amendment Bill to the end that it aims to make healthcare more accessible...

Issued by Bonitas 3 Jul 2018

A patient collects her medication at a clinic in Khayelitsha, South Africa. Photo: MSF/Sydelle WIllow Smith
South Africa's universal health care plan falls short of fixing an ailing system

South Africa's Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has finally gazetted the bill detailing an ambitious plan to roll out universal health care in the country through a National Health Insurance...

By Laettia Rispel 3 Jul 2018

Mohsen George, vice president, Health Insurance Organisation, Egypt
Egypt's Social Health Insurance - a stepping stone to UHC

Currently covering more than half of its 95.6m population, Egypt is considered a benchmark country in the Middle East when it comes to health insurance...

By Mohsen George 2 Jul 2018

New partnership to boost drug discovery for malaria, TB and more in Africa
New partnership to boost drug discovery for malaria, TB and more in Africa

A new international partnership has committed funding for the discovery of new drugs for diseases endemic to Africa over the next two years...

29 Jun 2018

At a glance: What the National Health Insurance means for you and your pocket
At a glance: What the National Health Insurance means for you and your pocket

Two Bills, almost 200 pages may change healthcare forever in SA. Haven't read them? We did the heavy lifting so you don't have to...

By Mia Malan 28 Jun 2018

Possible outbreak of cholera in Hammanskraal
Possible outbreak of cholera in Hammanskraal

The City of Tshwane would like to inform its residents in the Greater Hammanskraal area of a suspicious cholera outbreak...

27 Jun 2018

New air quality rules may curb Eskom's 'head-in-the-sand strategy'
New air quality rules may curb Eskom's 'head-in-the-sand strategy'

Eskom has thus far been let off the hook by government...

27 Jun 2018

Egyptian e-health startup ElBalto launches mobile consultation service
Egyptian e-health startup ElBalto launches mobile consultation service

Egyptian startup ElBalto has launched a mobile application that provides users with easy, reliable, timely and affordable online video consultations via a network of customer-rated and licensed doctors...

By Tom Jackson 27 Jun 2018

Is your beauty therapist legally allowed to perform teeth whitening?
Is your beauty therapist legally allowed to perform teeth whitening?

The public need to be cautious about having their teeth whitened at beauty salons, the Professional Board for Dental Assisting, Dental Therapy and Oral Hygiene has warned...

26 Jun 2018

Life Esidimeni families receive compensation
Life Esidimeni families receive compensation

Families of the 134 Life Esidimeni victims have received compensation from the Gauteng Provincial Government...

25 Jun 2018

Health department expects to be sued over proposed NHI changes
Health department expects to be sued over proposed NHI changes

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is preparing to be taken to court as he continues to propose changes in the healthcare system that could cost medical aid schemes millions...

By Pontsho Pilane and Laura Lopez Gonzalez 22 Jun 2018

Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi
Motsoaledi outlines changes to Medical Schemes Act and NHI

Two of the proposed amendments to the Medical Schemes Act will do away with co-payments, and abolish the practice of using brokers within the medical schemes environment...

22 Jun 2018

Health minister, Aaron Motsoaledi
A step closer to the NHI

Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi says the release of two bills - the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill and the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill - is poised to make history...

20 Jun 2018

Brics countries must step up on healthcare
Brics countries must step up on healthcare

Because they carry the greatest burden of disease, developing countries need to make their voices heard in global health organisations...

20 Jun 2018

Health systems rarely consider that patients switch between hospitals or primary healthcare centres and indigenous medicine for their health issues. Direct Relief/Tobin Greensweig
Why indigenous medicine could play a role in rebuilding health systems

Conflicts do not spare health systems. From Afghanistanto the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the effects that wars and state fragility have on healthcare provision are all too visible...

By Jean-Benoit Falisse and Serena Masino 20 Jun 2018

SA's health sector needs more funding
SA's health sector needs more funding

KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, has called on parliament to push for more funding for the health sector, as provinces, including his, battle to deliver services with what he calls strained budgets...

15 Jun 2018

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