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Maternal mortality is much higher in Africa than in high-income countries. Shutterstock
The death rate for mothers having C-sections is 50 times higher in Africa

The in-hospital maternal mortality rate following a Caesarean delivery in Africa may be 50 times higher than in high-income countries...

By Bruce M Biccard 7 hours ago

Working with communities is essential to end Ebola
Working with communities is essential to end Ebola

Organisations responding to Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) must place more emphasis on deepening understanding of communities and partnering with them to respond to their needs...

22 Mar 2019

Dr Tshepo Motsepe
Africa-Asia partner to improve healthcare

If Africa and Asia are to reap the benefits of having a youthful population and improve their economies, they must improve healthcare for women, adolescents and youth...

20 Mar 2019

Boris Dzhingarov
The benefits of online doctor consultations

Doctors don't make house calls anymore; these days, the expectation is that if you need to see the doctor, you will travel to them...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 19 Mar 2019

What SA dietitians say about the planetary health diet
What SA dietitians say about the planetary health diet

For the first time in human history there is a proposal on the table that all the world's people follow the same diet...

Issued by Association for Dietetics in South Africa 19 Mar 2019

Chronic kidney disease needs to be redefined
Chronic kidney disease needs to be redefined

Is the label "chronic kidney disease" helpful to patients or clinicians?

18 Mar 2019

Gwen Ramokgopa, Gauteng health MEC
Gauteng's plan to clear surgery backlog

In a bid to address surgical backlogs, Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa has sent a letter of request to facilitate a handover of the site where Soshanguve District Hospital will be built...

14 Mar 2019

People queue in makeshift camps following past threats of xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Today, rescinded health department memos requesting foreigners pay in full for healthcare have sparked a national debate. (Fredrik Lemeryd)
Are foreigners really entitled to free healthcare in South Africa?

Directives recently issued by the national and Gauteng health departments requiring foreign nationals to pay in full for healthcare at public facilities weren't only a threat to public health, they may have been downright illegal...

By Sasha Stevenson 13 Mar 2019

Image source: Getty/Gallo
WHO puts influenza plan in place

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released a Global Influenza Strategy for 2019-2030 aimed at protecting people in all countries from the threat of influenza.

12 Mar 2019

Facebook wants to stop spreading fake news about vaccines
Facebook wants to stop spreading fake news about vaccines

Facebook has revealed its plans to help stop the spread of fake information about vaccines on its platform...

By Shereesa Moodley 11 Mar 2019

Poorer South Africans are bombarded with fast food. Shutterstock
Local solutions can boost healthier food choices in South Africa

The crisis in health triggered by cheap food that's high in fat and sugar is now well documented...

By Karen Hofman & Safura Abdool Karim 11 Mar 2019

Concerns over incomplete FS drug treatment centre
Concerns over incomplete FS drug treatment centre

The Portfolio Committee on Social Development wants to have a meeting with the National Treasury and the Department of Public Works as to why a drug treatment centre in the Free State has not been completed...

7 Mar 2019

Image source: Getty/Gallo
Gauteng Health signs MoU with medical aid schemes

The Gauteng Department of Health (GDOH), in partnership with medical aid schemes and their administrators, has officially signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on a public-private partnership...

7 Mar 2019

Raihana Asral/Shutterstock
Antibiotic resistance: public awareness campaigns might not work

Pathogens, such as bacteria, viruses and protozoa, are becoming ever more resistant to drugs. People speed up this natural process by over-using antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs in medicine and agriculture..

By Marco Haenssgen 6 Mar 2019

Damian McHugh, head of marketing, Momentum health services.
What the 2019 budget means for healthcare consumers

National Health Insurance (NHI) is critical to creating a quality functioning healthcare system for all South Africans...

5 Mar 2019

Gauteng Health MEC, Gwen Ramakgopa
Gauteng Health in search of 16 Life Esidimeni patients

The Gauteng Health Department has traced five more Life Esidimeni patients, bringing down the number of unaccounted patients to 16...

4 Mar 2019

Experts fear that Uganda’s efforts to eliminate graft in its health care system are not sustainable. Suuba Trust/Flickr
What we found out about bribery patterns in Uganda's healthcare system

In September 2017 Uganda's former Minister of Health, Dr Sarah Opendi, disguised herself in a hijab and travelled by boda boda (motorbike taxi) to Naguru Hospital in Kampala...

By Heather Marquette & Caryn Peiffer 1 Mar 2019

Kelly du Plessis, CEO: Rare Diseases SA
NHI is an opportunity to access orphan drugs

Government's National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme represents a substantial policy shift to restructure healthcare and secure universal health coverage for all South Africans...

28 Feb 2019

Photo: Kempton Express
Is NHI going to make the SA economy even sicker?

Concerns raised by the Hospital Association of SA (Hasa) over contradictions in the NHI and the Medical Schemes Amendment that could lead to potential job losses has raised the ire of the national health minister...

By Jasson Urbach 27 Feb 2019

An aid worker collects health and nutrition data in northeastern Kenya. Shutterstock
Why fixing Africa's data gaps will lead to better health policies

There's been a data revolution around the world driven by advances in information technology and a need for research that responds to complex developmental issues...

27 Feb 2019

YouTube pulls ads on anti-vax channels
YouTube pulls ads on anti-vax channels

YouTube has removed money-generating advertisements from anti-vaccination conspiracy channels...

26 Feb 2019

Why sleep-deprived employees are costing the country billions
Why sleep-deprived employees are costing the country billions

South Africans need more sleep. Sleep-deprived employees are at higher risk of life-threatening chronic illness and disability, more likely to cause workplace accidents, less productive and more absent - adding up to an economic liability in the billions...

25 Feb 2019

Photo: Paul Botes
What to do about South Africa's unemployed doctors

It's a new year but the same headline-grabbing story: Qualified doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthworkers sitting idle with the kind of degrees we typically think would be immune to economic downturns...

By Russell Rensburg 25 Feb 2019

Sugar tax on the rise: The current global state of play
Sugar tax on the rise: The current global state of play

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's announced in his Budget Speech that the Health Promotion Levy (HPL) - aka sugar tax - will be hiked from 2,1 cents to 2,21 cents per gram of sugar per 100ml...

By Elly Irving 25 Feb 2019

Access to affordable medical treatment can save lives. Shutterstock
Cancer drug pricing gets in the way of treatment in developing countries

Most cancers can now be detected early. This hasn't always been the case...

By Vikash Sewram 22 Feb 2019

Grant aims at improving public health supply chains in Africa
Grant aims at improving public health supply chains in Africa

The Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) has been awarded a grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with the aim at improving public health supply chains in Africa.

22 Feb 2019

Photo: David Harrison
#BudgetSpeech2019: Will it lead to more doctors being sued for negligence?

Legal claims against the department now amount to more than half of some provincial health budgets. Less money now will only mean more claims later...

By Daniel McLaren 21 Feb 2019

Will innovative trends help to further boost SA's vitamins industry?
Will innovative trends help to further boost SA's vitamins industry?

As the lifestyle of individuals become increasingly busy, many are seeking more efficient ways to remain fit and healthy, while also boosting their energy levels...

Issued by Insight Survey 18 Feb 2019

International push to improve food safety
International push to improve food safety

Greater international cooperation is needed to prevent unsafe food from causing ill health and hampering progress towards sustainable development...

18 Feb 2019

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