Healthcare Trends 2021

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Medicines are only approved for use by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority when there is sufficient evidence that their benefits outweigh their risks.
Ivermectin and Covid-19: Why it's promising but why we need to be cautious

There is a clamour by some people for ivermectin to be approved by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) to treat Covid-19...

By Rufaro Samanga 15 Jan 2021

Nurses in the isolation unit at Tygerberg Hospital in the Western Cape. Misha Jordaan/Gallo Images via Getty Images
Making a hospital space feel psychologically safer helped South African health workers

In a busy South African hospital recently, teams of nurses and doctors were given an unusual task. They had to figure out who could build the tallest freestanding structure out of nothing but spaghetti sticks and then balance a marshmallow on top. They had 20 minutes to work it out...

By Hamieda Parker 15 Jan 2021

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Compound which protects seaweed shields humans from disease too -- studies

An extract of seaweed which protects marine plants from disease has been shown in clinical studies to also help block viruses, prevent infections and inhibit the flu...

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#BizTrends2021: African demands for post-Covid healthcare align impact with investor opportunity in 2021

The Covid-19 emergency has focused minds on the urgent need for improved healthcare across Africa, aligning unprecedented opportunity for positive social impact with competitive returns...

By Jason Mitchell 11 Jan 2021

Dummy's guide to how trade rules affect access to Covid-19 vaccines

The race is on to secure vaccines that will protect people from Covid-19. But it's already become apparent that there is gross inequality playing out in the procurement and distribution of the new drugs...

By Caroline Southey 11 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: Are day hospitals the new trend?

Globally, day surgery hospitals have changed the experience of patients by offering an alternative to acute/conventional hospital surgery...

By Lee Callakoppen 7 Jan 2021

The South African health system after Covid-19

Health systems in countries such as South Africa are invariably characterised by a mix of public authorities with wider social obligations and private arrangements, such as insurance and service provision, responsive to individual demand and need...

By Alex van den Heever 7 Jan 2021

SA records highest daily record with 17,710 Covid-19 cases

South Africa has as of Wednesday, 30 December, recorded 17,710 new cases - bringing the country's cumulative total of Covid-19 cases to 1,039,161, indicating a positivity rate of 33%...

31 Dec 2020

Fighting HIV and Aids in times of Covid-19

World Aids Day is marked on 1st December every year to raise awareness about the disease. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAids) is the UN entity tasked with fighting HIV infections, discrimination and Aids-related deaths...

31 Dec 2020

UCT body donor programme continues despite ongoing pandemic

UCT's Faculty of Health Sciences has maintained its body donor programme during the Covid-19 pandemic, allowing its physiotherapy, occupational therapy, science and medical students to experience hands-on dissection and practise new surgical techniques...

30 Dec 2020

Command council details move to adjusted Level 3 lockdown

The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) on Tuesday, 29 December, provided detail on South Africa's move to Level 3 of the Covid-19 lockdown...

29 Dec 2020

SA moves to Level 3 of lockdown

In a move to curb the spread of Covid-19, South Africa has moved to adjusted Level 3 from Level 1 with immediate effect, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday evening, 28 December...

29 Dec 2020

New research examines impact of climate change on health effects related to pesticide exposure

According to research by Dr Cliff Zinyemba, climate change may lead to an increase in health effects associated with exposure to endocrine disrupting pesticides...

28 Dec 2020

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