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Time travel as dementia care is spreading, but the future may be more powerful than the past

The village of Hogeweyk in The Netherlands has been compared with the Truman Show. It is home to 152 people with dementia and is run by carers who maintain a round-the-clock false reality for the residents...

By Kellie Morrissey & James Hodge 6 Aug 2019

Empowering parents to enable breastfeeding
Empowering parents to enable breastfeeding

You may think: 'It's not my baby, it's not my problem'; or 'I am so uncomfortable, I have a right not to have a breastfeeding mom near me!' You would be wrong on both accounts...

Issued by Association for Dietetics in South Africa 6 Aug 2019

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ARV breakthrough: trial in South Africa confirms effectiveness of new drug

A new antiretroviral drug regimen has been given the go-ahead by the World Health Organisation. This follows the preliminary results from studies that include an ongoing trial in South Africa...

By Michelle Moorhouse & Willem Daniel Francois Venter 6 Aug 2019

Cohsasa appoints new standards developer
Cohsasa appoints new standards developer

Cohsasa's new Healthcare Standards Development Coordinator is Dr Nicholas Burger...

Issued by COHSASA 6 Aug 2019

Women and girls on the move are often framed as victims. Shutterstock
#WomensMonth: Southern Africa needs better healthcare for women and girls on the move

Women are on the move throughout southern Africa. They move within the countries they were born in, or cross borders in the region. Although more men than women migrate the data shows that the number of women migrating within the Southern African Development Community region is rising...

By Rebecca Walker and Jo Vearey 5 Aug 2019

Proven Probiotics launches in South Africa
Proven Probiotics launches in South Africa

The world's most respected producers of probiotics, ProVen, is now available in South Africa! ProVen Probiotics are a revolutionary new range of probiotics products designed to suit everyone...

Issued by ProVen Probiotics 5 Aug 2019

Pixley Ka Isaka Seme Hospital
Still some challenges in KZN health budget

The budget delivered by KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC, Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu, is comprehensive and balanced, but that some areas remain a concern.. says the local branch of the South African Medical Association (Sama)...

5 Aug 2019

Cipla chairman Dr. Yusuf Hamied elected Royal Society Honorary Fellow
Cipla chairman Dr. Yusuf Hamied elected Royal Society Honorary Fellow

Cipla Medpro is proud to announce that Dr. Yusuf Hamied, Cipla's Chairman, has been elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society, U.K. for his service to the cause of science...

Issued by Cipla 2 Aug 2019

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Migration and health: what southern Africa needs to do to plug the gaps

A global commission on health and migration has released its report on how healthcare systems fail migrants...

2 Aug 2019

What are the new 'essential services'?
What are the new 'essential services'?

Essential services refer to those services that, if interrupted, would endanger the life, personal safety or health of the whole or any part of the population. Once a service is declared as an essential service, employees working in such services may not engage in strike action...

By Kenneth Coster and Shane Johnson 31 Jul 2019

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The WHO wants to rid the world of hepatitis by 2030: why it's a tough ask

Four years ago, the World Health Organisation (WHO) rolled out its global strategy to eliminate hepatitis by 2030. Known as a "silent killer" disease, hepatitis is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the liver...

By Pauline Bakibinga 31 Jul 2019

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Migrants must be part of South Africa's universal health plan. Here's why

Seven years ago the United Nations (UN) endorsed universal health coverage as key to sustainable development and global security...

By Sasha Frade & Jo Vearey 30 Jul 2019

Dr Joseph Sempa of Sacema presenting at the 2019 Clinic on Meaningful Modelling of Epidemiological Data. AIMS-South Africa
Africa needs specialist capacity to tackle the spread of infectious diseases

Over the past 10 years, a community of practice has begun to develop in Africa around research that uses models to understand and evaluate population-level health problems and their potential solutions...

By Juliet Pulliam & Jonathan Dushoff 29 Jul 2019

Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize
Successful NHI implementation requires collaboration

The successful implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI) will rely on unified collaborations and effective political will, says Health Minister Zweli Mkhize...

29 Jul 2019

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#bhf2019conference: Doing better with less

Waste, fraud and abuse across the healthcare spectrum are contributing the high cost of healthcare, and ultimately patients are paying with their lives...

By Nicci Botha 26 Jul 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa signs Presidential Health Compact

The stated goal of one country, one health system "means quality of care must be the same regardless of whether you have money or not, and regardless of where you live"...

26 Jul 2019

Raising awareness one sock at a time
Raising awareness one sock at a time

The mental strain on medical professionals working in South Africa can be immense, and levels of depression and mental fatigue are particularly high among professionals who dedicate their lives to the treatment of others...

Issued by Cipla 25 Jul 2019

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Pinterest launches 'emotional well-being activities' for stressed internet users

Pinterest revealed new "emotional well-being activities" for users to perform when they search for negative content...

By Shereesa Moodley 25 Jul 2019

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#bhf2019conference: How blockchain can eliminate fraud, waste & abuse

The real value of blockchain extends far beyond cryptocurrency. Its applications are being explored as a means to reduce or even eliminate fraud, waste and abuse in healthcare...

By Nicci Botha 25 Jul 2019

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#bhf2019conference: Healthcare as a key driver for economic growth

Healthcare is often viewed as just a cost that South Africa carries. But it is in fact a key driver of economic activity on a number of fronts...

By Nicci Botha 24 Jul 2019

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#bhf2019conference: UHC - what's working, what's not?

Is achieving universal health coverage by 2030 a reality or a distant dream?

By Nicci Botha 24 Jul 2019

Economic trends that will dominate 2020
Economic trends that will dominate 2020

From preventative medicine to smart mobility to 5G, the 2020s will see significant trends driving global growth over the next decade...

24 Jul 2019

Health officer on the front-line in the DRC. Flickr
Why declaring Ebola a public health emergency isn't a silver bullet

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

By Yap Boum 23 Jul 2019

3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office
3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office

Since 2001, Bizcommunity anticipated the role of company culture as intellectual capital. Biz Press Offices are a "glass box" game changer, offering a window into 18 industry communities...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Jul 2019

#CSIMonth: This volunteer is restoring smiles through the life-changing work of OSSA
#CSIMonth: This volunteer is restoring smiles through the life-changing work of OSSA

According to Operation Smile South Africa (OSSA), every three minutes, a child somewhere in the world is born with a cleft lip or cleft palate - a condition that affects children and adults not just physically but psychologically as well...

By Sindy Peters 23 Jul 2019

What do South Africans think about SA's proposed Tobacco Bill?
What do South Africans think about SA's proposed Tobacco Bill?

The general public views the burgeoning growth of illegal cigarette sales in the country as of far greater importance to address, than Government's proposed plain packaging for tobacco products...

23 Jul 2019

Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize
#BHF2019Conference: Minister outlines private sector's role in NHI

National Health Insurance (NHI) is not merely a consumption expenditure, but a social investment that is a basis for sustainable and inclusive growth...

By Nicci Botha 22 Jul 2019

Air travel spreads infections globally, but health advice from inflight magazines can limit that
Air travel spreads infections globally, but health advice from inflight magazines can limit that

Washing hands and coughing into your elbow can help limit the spread of infectious diseases on planes and around the globe. So why don't passengers read about this in their inflight magazines?

By Ramon Zenel Shaban and Cristina Sotomayor-Castillo 19 Jul 2019

Women walk past a mural painted to raise awareness on HIV and AIDS in Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. EPA/Dai Kurokawa
HIV in Kenya: high risk groups aren't getting the attention they need

Efforts to manage the HIV epidemic in much of sub-Saharan Africa need to specifically target sections of the population that are most vulnerable to HIV infection...

By Makobu Kimani 19 Jul 2019

How to heal medical culture
How to heal medical culture

Proposed solutions for physician burnout often focus on getting doctors through their work days: helping them navigate increasing documentation requirements, for example, or offering strategies for strengthening their personal resilience.

By Amy Jeter Hansen 18 Jul 2019

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