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10 biggest threats to global health
10 biggest threats to global health

The World Health Organisation's new five-year strategic plan - the 13th General Programme of Work tackles multiple global health challenges...

15 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: SA's state of health
#BizTrends2019: SA's state of health

The cost of healthcare, inadequate benefits and failing public healthcare facilities were very much in the news in 2018 and are likely to continue to feature strongly in headlines in 2019...

By Board of Healthcare Funders 7 Jan 2019

Radical transformations likely needed to achieve universal healthcare
Radical transformations likely needed to achieve universal healthcare

Technological innovation, expansion of the use of frontline personnel such as community health workers, and rapid increases in healthcare financing are likely to be instrumental to achieving universal healthcare (UHC)...

28 Dec 2018

Measles cases spike globally due to gaps in vaccination coverage
Measles cases spike globally due to gaps in vaccination coverage

Reported measles cases spiked in 2017, as multiple countries experienced severe and protracted outbreaks of the disease. This is according to a new report published today by leading health organisations...

24 Dec 2018

Widespread, occasional use of antibiotics in US linked with resistance
Widespread, occasional use of antibiotics in US linked with resistance

The increasing prevalence of antibiotic resistance in the US appears more closely linked with their occasional use by many people than by their repeated use among smaller numbers of people...

19 Dec 2018

The country's state emergency services are facing staff and vehicle shortages, leaving provinces with no choice but to outsource these critical services. (Christopher Sebela / Flickr)
If you need an ambulance this festive season, what are your chances of getting one?

Just 1,971 state ambulance vehicles are on the road nationally, a Bhekisisa survey reveals...

By Nelisiwe Msomi 18 Dec 2018

#BestofBiz 2018: Healthcare
#BestofBiz 2018: Healthcare

Discover the most read content on Bizcommunity's Healthcare site over the past year below...

18 Dec 2018

Jose Fernando Arevalo
Cancer drug offers more affordable treatment for diabetic retinopathy

Treatment for diabetic retinopathy can be expensive, especially in low and middle-income countries such as South Africa...

12 Dec 2018

Stress, booze and late nights pack on pounds - report
Stress, booze and late nights pack on pounds - report

Persistent stress is directly linked to overeating, lack of sleep, reduced exercising and increased alcohol intake - all contributing to weight gain, research shows...

Issued by Leap Communications 11 Dec 2018

At about 21 million strong, nurses make up half of the world’s health workforce. SIM USA/Shutterstock
To achieve universal healthcare, Kenya must invest more in its nurses

Nurses in Kenya are threatening to strike, protesting that the government had failed to increase their salaries in spite of an agreement which ended a five-month strike last year...

By Sharon Brownie 11 Dec 2018

Invitation to bid
Invitation to bid

The South African Nursing Council (SANC) invites all potential advertising agency service providers to bid for a below-the-line advertising campaign to overhaul the image of the SANC and nursing in general...

Issued by South African Nursing Council 10 Dec 2018

Explaining that vaccines do not cause autism and have few side effects does not seem to matter to those who oppose vaccination. Numstocker/Shutterstock.com
Countering misinformation about flu vaccine is harder than it seems

Many Americans hold beliefs about the flu vaccine that are at odds with the best available scientific evidence...

By Matthew Motta and Dominik Stecula 7 Dec 2018

Professor Kelly Chibale. Photo: Je'nine May
R&D is the pipeline for science jobs in Africa

There's a critical need to invest in a research & development (R&D) industry that could create a pipeline of jobs for science graduates in Africa...

5 Dec 2018

Science, strides and a resilient nation... 30 years later
Science, strides and a resilient nation... 30 years later

2018 marks the 30th anniversary of World Aids Day. This year's theme, 'Know your status', reiterates the fact that HIV is a manageable disease...

By Dr Eunice Ubomba-Jaswa 3 Dec 2018

#WorldDisabilityDay: Health Department is denying disabled people their basic rights
#WorldDisabilityDay: Health Department is denying disabled people their basic rights

The Department of Health is not doing its job when it comes to supplying assistive devices such as wheelchairs and hearing aids to disabled people...

3 Dec 2018

Thabo Lekalakala.
North West health officials placed on suspension

The North West Department of Health has placed four employees on precautionary suspension following allegations of disruption of services...

28 Nov 2018

Mashudu Mphafudi, director in the finance & banking practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
Private healthcare is ripe for transformation

It's no secret that a small number of 'big names' dominate the private healthcare and medical aid industries...

28 Nov 2018

Professor Thuli Madonsela and FMHS Dean, Professor Jimmy Volmink
Stamping out social injustice in healthcare

South Africa has come a long way after more than two decades of democracy...

By Florence de Vries 26 Nov 2018

Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi. Photo:GCIS
Are foreigners stealing your jobs and healthcare? Find out.

Last week, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi claimed in a speech that undocumented immigrants are flooding South Africa and overburdening clinics and hospitals...

By Savo Heleta, Sharon Ekambaram & Sibongile Tshabala 23 Nov 2018

Letaba Hospital
Tight security at medical facilities non-negotiable

The shooting of three doctors at a house at the Letaba Hospital in Tzaneen earlier this morning again brings the need for increased security at all hospitals in the country into the spotlight.

22 Nov 2018

MediFin announces its Top Loyalty Partners for 2018
MediFin announces its Top Loyalty Partners for 2018

MediFin Financial Services has again awarded their most loyal partners. These prestigious awards recognise their top partners who display great customer service, strategic alliance and top affiliate behaviour...

Issued by Medifin Financial Services 21 Nov 2018

Rifut Atun
The big 3 questions on healthcare and AI

In an October 22, 2018 article in the Journal of Global Health, Rifat Atun, professor of global health systems at Harvard Chan School, and co-authors write that machine learning has the potential to transform health systems...

By Karen Feldscher 21 Nov 2018

Estranged bedfellows: Why the private sector remains wary of universal healthcare
Estranged bedfellows: Why the private sector remains wary of universal healthcare

Globally, one in four private healthcare groups surveyed won't work with governments...

By Joan van Dyk 21 Nov 2018

There already exist some promising new antibiotic therapies, and more are in the pipeline. However, our economic model prevents researchers from moving them out onto the market.
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Humanity under threat from antibiotic-resistant infections

I grew up believing in the forward trajectory of progress in science and medicine - that human health would continue to improve as it had for hundreds of years...

By Gerry Wright 19 Nov 2018

World Diabetes Day 14 November - Preventing diabetes - key to a longer and better life
World Diabetes Day 14 November - Preventing diabetes - key to a longer and better life

The prevalence of diabetes in adults is increasing worldwide, and it is predicted that by 2040, this condition will become one of the leading causes of death in South Africa...

By Douglas Craythorne, Issued by Cipla 16 Nov 2018

New drug regimen to treat lymphatic filariasis
New drug regimen to treat lymphatic filariasis

A new triple drug therapy with the potential to reduce the time to treat and break transmission of lymphatic filariasis (LF) from at least five years down to two years is being piloted in Kenya...

16 Nov 2018

Scientists analysing data at the South-South Malaria Research Partnership project laboratory in Kenya. Flora Mutere-Okuku
Novel approach brings African scientists closer to a malaria vaccine

Malaria is still a major problem in Africa. There are over 200 million clinical cases each year and approximately half a million deaths...

By Faith Osier 7 Nov 2018

Usman Yusuf. Photo: Premium Times
Head of Nigeria's NHIS placed on administrative leave

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the country's embattled executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Usman Yusuf, to proceed on administrative leave effective from November 5...

By Ebuka Onyeji 1 Nov 2018

How will the State Liability Amendment Bill affect victims?
How will the State Liability Amendment Bill affect victims?

According to Kirstie Haslam, partner at DSC Attorneys, the proposed State Liability Amendment Bill will have dire consequences for medical malpractice claimants...

31 Oct 2018

R3m upgrade for Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital complete
R3m upgrade for Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital complete

The new occupational therapy and sports facilities at Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital were opened this month, coinciding with Mental Health Awareness Month...

29 Oct 2018

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