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#Newsmaker: "PR is creative!" - Lebo Madiba, Ogilvy PR's new managing partner
#Newsmaker: "PR is creative!" - Lebo Madiba, Ogilvy PR's new managing partner

Lebo Madiba was recently appointed managing partner: Public Relations and Influence at Ogilvy Johannesburg...

By Jessica Tennant 5 Jul 2019

A man pushes a wheelbarrow past a sign in Liberia during the West African Ebola outbreak. AHMED JALLANZO/EPA
Context matters in fighting Ebola: lessons from West Africa for the DRC

There seems to be no end in sight to the Ebola outbreak that has swept through the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since last August. By 19 June, nearly 1500 people had died...

By Shelley Lees & Luisa Enria 5 Jul 2019

Dr Anuschka Coovadia is the head of healthcare for Africa at KPMG
Change across healthcare ecosystems in Africa

Over the last 100 years, healthcare systems across the African continent have started to evolve and transform slowly, in line with parallel changes experienced in the economic growth and social development of each country...

By Anuschka Coovadia 5 Jul 2019

Image: MSF
Ambitious plans to vaccinate more than a million against cholera

Phase 2 of the biggest ever oral vaccination campaign against cholera is taking place in 15 health districts in the four central provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)...

4 Jul 2019

5 Advantages of edge computing in the healthcare sector
5 Advantages of edge computing in the healthcare sector

Unimagined amounts of data are stored in the cloud every day, and by 2020 there will be at least 30 billion devices interconnected to each other...

By Manan Ghadawala 3 Jul 2019

Winners of the 2018/19 Science Oscars
Winners of the 2018/19 Science Oscars

The NSTF-South32 Awards - known as the 'Science Oscars' - were held at a prestigious gala dinner in Gauteng on Thursday, 27 June 2019...

3 Jul 2019

Euan Ashley and his collaborators were able to compare tissue from healthy hearts with that of failing hearts, and have discovered how genes network as the heart fails. Photo:
Steve Fisch
Gene networks reveal transition from healthy to failing heart

Scientists investigating heart failure have been limited to studying diseased heart tissue in the lab - understandably, as people don't tend to pluck out a healthy heart for the sake of research...

By Hanae Armitage 3 Jul 2019

Dr Dan Wu, postdoctoral fellow in the RCSI Department of Chemistry and first author on the paper
Fluorescence imaging could transform cancer surgery

Bringing together expertise in chemistry and biotechnology, a research team from the RCSI has identified the potential benefit of fluorescence imaging as a way of detecting cancer cells during surgery...

2 Jul 2019

Doctors preparing to perform an operation. Shutterstock
Why Nigeria's doctors are leaving, and how the problem can be fixed

Brain drain is a major challenge facing the Nigerian health system, leading to a dramatic reduction in the number of doctors in the country. According to the OECD, Nigeria is one of the three leading African sources of foreign-born physicians...

By Olayinka Stephen 2 Jul 2019

Bernhard Githundi, a patient at Hornlee Clinic in Knysna gets his medication delivered from the Chronic Dispensary Unit.
WCGH's innovative solution to chronic medicine dispensing

The Western Cape Government Health (WCGH) Chronic Dispensary Unit (CDU) in Parow, Cape has been upgraded with a bespoke automated chronic medicine dispensing, sorting and parcel assembly line...

1 Jul 2019

To protect us all, babies travelling overseas may need the measles shot at 6 months instead of 12
To protect us all, babies travelling overseas may need the measles shot at 6 months instead of 12

Babies are normally vaccinated against measles at 12 months old. But doctors are now suggesting having the shot as early as six months might be worthwhile for youngsters traveling overseas.

By Nicholas Wood, Alexis Pillsbury and Jean Li-Kim-Moy 28 Jun 2019

Neville Isdell and Kelly Chibale
R18m donation for African-centric medicine research

An R18m donation from an alumnus will go towards research into African-centric medicines for infectious diseases at the University of Cape Town (UCT) Drug Discovery and Development Centre, H3D...

28 Jun 2019

Richard Friedland, CEO of the Netcare Group
FFA/Netcare join forces to boost health innovation

A partnership between a tech accelerator and a private hospital group will provide a platform for entrepreneurs to build and scale health-tech startups that address the key health issues across Africa...

27 Jun 2019

Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize
New minister promises NHI delivery

National Health Insurance (NHI) will happen, and the legislation governing its implementation and funding will go to Parliament soon, said the newly appointed health minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize...

27 Jun 2019

Who is liable for unnecessary deaths due to EMS, ambulance crisis?
Who is liable for unnecessary deaths due to EMS, ambulance crisis?

The current ambulance and EMS crisis in South Africa is making it less and less likely that patients will get the medical help they need in time. A critical shortage of ambulances is resulting in an unnecessary number of patients dying or suffering further harm due to delays and "no shows"...

26 Jun 2019

Sascha Kunkel
Top risks in SA laboratories

Improper storage and underestimating the risks posed by small quantities of hazardous chemicals are among the biggest fire and safety risks in South African laboratories...

26 Jun 2019

80's child/Shutterstock
Alzheimer's disease not linked to type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure - new study

If you want to reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer's disease, there is no end of advice on the internet telling you how to do it...

By Elisabet Englund & Keivan Javanshiri 26 Jun 2019

A child about to have his rotten tooth capped at the author’s clinic in Khartoum, Sudan. Author provided
Saving children's teeth in Sudan - without anaesthetic or drills

Tooth decay is the most common chronic dental disease in the world. It affects 60-90% of children around the world, according to the World Dental Federation. It is 20 times more common than diabetes and five times more common than asthma...

By Fadil Elamin 25 Jun 2019

Christina Curtis and her colleagues found that colon cancer tumours could potentially spread to other parts of the body much earlier than previously known.
Paul Sakuma
Most metastatic colorectal cancers have spread before diagnosis

Up to 80% of metastatic colorectal cancers are likely to have spread to distant locations in the body before the original tumour has exceeded the size of a poppy seed...

25 Jun 2019

450 SACAP graduates to boost mental health workforce
450 SACAP graduates to boost mental health workforce

Amidst South Africa's escalating mental health crisis, comes the good news that, this year, the qualified and work-ready graduates of SACAP's various coaching, counselling and psychology study programmes number more than 450...

Issued by SACAP 24 Jun 2019

Pregnancy and medical aid
Pregnancy and medical aid

Choosing the right medical aid is critical in ensuring the healthcare needs of you and your loved ones are taken care of. More so, when you're looking at expanding your family...

Issued by Bonitas 24 Jun 2019

Western Cape Mediclinics receive a cluster of quality awards
Western Cape Mediclinics receive a cluster of quality awards

Three Mediclinic hospitals in the Western Cape received Katrin Kleijnhans Quality Trophies from The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa NPC (COHSASA) recently...

Issued by COHSASA 24 Jun 2019

Image source: Getty/Gallo
Insuring your practice against business interruptions

Any disruption to a business's operations will hurt its sustainability. For medical professionals, this risk is even more acute because a shutdown of operations could, in extreme cases, be a matter of life and death...

By Christiaan Steyn 24 Jun 2019

The Department of Health in Limpopo says is no money to hire about 400 nurses who fully qualified in January this year. Photo: Bernard Chiguvare
400 newly qualified nurses without jobs in Limpopo

About 400 nurses in Limpopo have been without permanent jobs since they fully qualified in January this year despite the shortage of healthcare professionals in the province.

By Bernard Chiguvare 24 Jun 2019

Shockwave IVL procedure
New procedure uses ultrasonic waves to break down coronary artery blockages

A procedure that cracks highly calcified deposits and blockages within coronary arteries using ultrasonic waves was successfully performed for the first time in Africa at Netcare Union Hospital in Alberton, near Johannesburg, recently...

24 Jun 2019

Integrated approach needed to aid conservation, health
Integrated approach needed to aid conservation, health

There is no doubt that Africa is grappling with numerous challenges such as climate change, low agricultural productivity, poor health standards, rapid growing population and poverty...

21 Jun 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised that long waits at state health facilities will be a thing of the past. Photo: RNews
President promises revised NHI plan

President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his second State of the Nation Address this year, said that revising the National Health Insurance (NHI) detailed plan of implementation is at an advanced stage...

21 Jun 2019

Border screening at Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. EPA-EFE/DANIEL IRUNGU
Kenya responded fast to Ebola scare, but cross-border risk remains high

The second largest Ebola virus disease outbreak on record is currently raging in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with over 2,000 cases and more than 1,400 deaths recorded...

By Abdhalah Ziraba 21 Jun 2019

Jill Larkan, head of healthcare consulting, GTC
Are umbrella medical funds the way forward?

In order to reduce fragmentation, address risk rating, strengthen cross-subsidies and simplify benefit options, the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has proposed the amalgamation of smaller schemes...

By Jill Larkan 20 Jun 2019

Image source: Getty/Gallo
What stresses doctors out?

Long hours and poor working conditions are negatively impacting the personal health of many South African healthcare professionals, according to the 2019 PPS Graduate Professional Index (GPI) results...

20 Jun 2019

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