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Meet the speakers thus far: 19th Annual BHF Conference 17-20 June 2018
Meet the speakers thus far: 19th Annual BHF Conference 17-20 June 2018

Themed Putting the healthcare citizen first | Pushing the boundaries of the impossible, the 19th annual BHF conference will be held at Sun City from 17-20 June...

Issued by Board of Healthcare Funders 5 hours ago

TAG calls for public support for Tobacco Bill
TAG calls for public support for Tobacco Bill

In the run-up to World No Tobacco Day, South Africans are being encouraged to support the proposed Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill...

1 day ago

Department places over 1,500 medical interns
Department places over 1,500 medical interns

The Department of Health has placed over 1,500 medical interns and 1,300 community service doctors for the 2018 and 2019 annual cycle...

1 day ago

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Rands and sense: Why the National Health Insurance may lead to better health budgets

About 200m from where I work in Rosebank, Johannesburg, there is a private clinic housing a general practitioner, a team of specialised surgeons, a rehabilitation centre, and state-of-the-art imaging and radiology technology...

By Natasha Salant 16 May 2018

Ebola outbreak in DRC: Are we better prepared this time?
Ebola outbreak in DRC: Are we better prepared this time?

It is almost certain that we won't see a repeat of the 2014-16 West African epidemic that claimed 11,000 lives, but healthcare experts need to act swiftly, nonetheless...

By Connor Bamford 14 May 2018

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DRC and its neighbours mobilise resources to tackle Ebola outbreak

At least 17 people have died in an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in the north-west of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the town of Bikoro. Ebola is endemic to the country. But the number of deaths in a short period is cause for concern...

By Chikwe Ihekweazu 11 May 2018

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Are Cuban doctors the magic cure to East Africa's health sector?

Kenya and Uganda are at advanced stages of bringing in at least 300 doctors from Cuba to ease staffing shortages in rural health facilities and deal with increasing threats of industrial action by disgruntled local medical practitioners...

8 May 2018

Magome Masike, North West health MEC
NW health tables plan to boost workforce

In a bid to increase its health workforce, the North West health department says more than 700 medical students will be leaving Cuba to come and do their final 6th year of their medical degree course in South Africa...

4 May 2018

NICD confirms mango fly maggot infestation in North West province
NICD confirms mango fly maggot infestation in North West province

The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) has confirmed an outbreak of maggot (tumbu fly) infestation in people in the North West province and increased sporadic cases in Gauteng...

4 May 2018

How mine dumps in South Africa affect the health of communities living nearby
How mine dumps in South Africa affect the health of communities living nearby

Mining companies are often criticised for dumping waste without taking the necessary precautions...

By Vusumuzi Nkosi 3 May 2018

Photo: Dalton Dingelstad
Family physicians are improving healthcare in South Africa's rural communities

In developing countries - and particularly in sub-Saharan Africa - most primary care services are offered by nurses, not doctors as is the case in developed countries...

By Bob Mash and Klaus von Pressentin 2 May 2018

Health Market Inquiry postpones release of report
Health Market Inquiry postpones release of report

The Competition Commission has announced the postponement of the Provisional Findings and Recommendation Report into the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) to the end of May...

30 Apr 2018

Photo: Dalton Ndongeni
Khayelitsha hospital under the spotlight

Poor service at the Khayelitsha District Hospital came under the spotlight at a meeting between hospital management and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC)...

By Mary-Anne Gontsana 30 Apr 2018

Suspended North West Province health head, Thabo Lekalakala. Photo: Semphete
Suspended NW health head faces discplinary action over Mediosa

Suspended head of the North West Health Department, Thabo Lekalakala, will face disciplinary proceedings into the procurement of the medical mobile unit, Mediosa...

26 Apr 2018

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The urgency of curbing pollution from ships, explained

The International Maritime Organization, a United Nations agency that regulates global shipping, is writing new rules to curb greenhouse gas emissions from ships by 2050...

By James J. Winebrake and James J. Corbett 17 Apr 2018

[EXCLUSIVE] North West could run out of medicine within days
[EXCLUSIVE] North West could run out of medicine within days

North West hospitals and clinics could run out of medicine in just days as a go-slow at its central medicine depot enters its second month, provincial communications Tebogo Lekgethwane has confirmed...

By Nelisiwe Msomi 13 Apr 2018

Gaffi draws up 'essential' list of diagnostic tests
Gaffi draws up 'essential' list of diagnostic tests

Experts from 27 countries have developed consensus on which diagnostic tests should be deemed 'essential' by the World Health Organisation...

12 Apr 2018

Dr Katlego Mothudi, managing director, Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa
Putting the health citizen at the centre of UHC

As healthcare systems worldwide evolve towards universal health coverage (UHC), there must be a move beyond technical policy evidence...

12 Apr 2018

20 out of 65 Seedstars Summit finalists from Africa
20 out of 65 Seedstars Summit finalists from Africa

With the Seedstars World Summit taking place on Thursday, 12 April 2018, the organisers have announced the final 65 finalists that will get the chance to pitch their ideas on the global stage. 20 out of the 65 finalists are from Africa...

By Ilse van den Berg 11 Apr 2018

Herbex makes unproven claims about weight loss products
Herbex makes unproven claims about weight loss products

Advertising Standards Authority uses its fangs again after years of litigation...

By Anne Cebulski and Eryn Scannell 10 Apr 2018

Dr Folake Olayinka
Nigeria: Political will and investment in immunisation are critical elements for a healthy future

During a visit to Nigeria, Bill Gates urged leaders, government and traditional, and the private sector to commit to helping children be healthy..

By Dr Folake Olayinka 10 Apr 2018

WHO offers regional support in listeriosis crisis
WHO offers regional support in listeriosis crisis

The possibility of listeriosis spreading beyond South Africa's borders has prompted the World Health Organisation (WHO) to offer preparedness and response support to 16 African nations...

10 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

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

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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

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

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

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