#InnovationMonth: Time for investors to focus on SA healthtech, not fintech - Havaic
#InnovationMonth: Time for investors to focus on SA healthtech, not fintech - Havaic

Investors in the South African ecosystem should stop focusing solely on fintech innovation, and look to making more healthtech investments, according to Rob Heath, principal at investment and advisory firm, Havaic.

By Gabriella Mulligan 2 days ago

Genome editing reveals key gene for human embryo growth
Genome editing reveals key gene for human embryo growth

PARIS - British scientists have used genome "editing" technology to reveal the role of a key gene in the early development of human embryos, a potential boost for fertility treatment.

3 days ago

Alpha Pharm and Immploy's new collaboration: Opening pharmacy doors near you
Alpha Pharm and Immploy's new collaboration: Opening pharmacy doors near you

Alpha Pharm and Immploy Recruitment Agency are teaming up to improve community pharmacy access, and service across South Africa.

Issued by Immploy Medical Recruitment 3 days ago

Rising demand for probiotics in SA
Rising demand for probiotics in SA

The rise of obesity and fast-food consumption has resulted in probiotics dominating the vitamin and dietary supplements market. A Euromonitor report states that the probiotic industry in South Africa is predicted to be worth over R527 million for 2017, confirming that this sector is growing tremendously.

3 days ago

Lessons from Cuba
Lessons from Cuba

Instead of chasing financial reward and success in first-world countries, Dr Desmond Kegakilwe chose to come home and build his nation. South Africa's medical system needs ‘stayers' like him - professionals in all spheres of life who are not just talented, but selfless.

3 days ago

NPO raises over R6m for lactation unit, breast milk bank at Soweto hospital
NPO raises over R6m for lactation unit, breast milk bank at Soweto hospital

Non-profit organisation Surgeons For Little Lives has launched its second big project - to build a lactation unit and breast milk bank at Soweto's Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital - fundraising over R6m at a recent event.

20 Sep 2017

Council pursues bogus health practitioners
Council pursues bogus health practitioners

A rise in bogus health practitioners has forced the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) and medical schemes to strengthen their forensics units to curb fraud.

20 Sep 2017

UHC is achievable, but it takes political will
UHC is achievable, but it takes political will

Universal health coverage (UHC) can be achieved, but it is a political choice that takes vision, courage, and long-term thinking.

19 Sep 2017

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Ascendis to beef up operating efficiencies

Healthcare products conglomerate Ascendis is still on the acquisition trail, but an investment presentation last week stressed a focus on markedly improving profit margins in existing operations that span the pharma-med, consumer brands and phyto-vet segments.

By Marc Hasenfuss 19 Sep 2017

Tristate Heart and Vascular Centre in Nigeria. Photo: Tristate Heart and Vascular Centre
Philanthropists join forces to fund Africa's cash-strapped health sector

In the 2017 World Happiness Report by Gallup, African countries score poorly. Of the 150 countries on the list, the Central African Republic, Tanzania and Burundi rank as the unhappiest countries in the world.

By Pavithra Rao 19 Sep 2017

Positive news for MS sufferers with hopes of becoming parents
Positive news for MS sufferers with hopes of becoming parents

Multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferers should not be discouraged from having families, as the view on the prospect of women with MS, carrying pregnancies to term, is shifting.

Issued by Cipla 18 Sep 2017

New 15,000m2 Mediclinic hospital for Stellenbosch
New 15,000m2 Mediclinic hospital for Stellenbosch

Atterbury is developing the new R350m, 15,000m2 Mediclinic hospital in Stellenbosch.

18 Sep 2017

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Why the path to longer and healthier lives for all Africans is within reach

There is huge diversity within and across the 49 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The challenges these countries face in achieving health outcomes that are at par with low and middle income countries in other regions of the world are numerous and diverse. But they are not insuperable.

By Alex Ezeh, Nelson Sewankambo and Peter Piot 18 Sep 2017