Results for universal health coverage


Health minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize
Pandemic highlights health inequalitiesArticle

Inequalities in South Africa's healthcare system have been brought into sharper focus by the Covid-19 pandemic...

8 Apr 2021

Paul Cox, MD, Essential Group of Companies
#BizTrends2021: The 3 prevalent influencers in healthcare in 2021Article

While no one could have predicted the way 2020 turned out, its impact will continue to be felt long into 2021, especially in the health space for obvious reasons...

Paul Cox 14 Jan 2021

Bloom Financial Services endorses Universal Health Coverage Day
Bloom Financial Services endorses Universal Health Coverage DayArticle

Bloom Financial Services, together with their partner Momentum Health4Me, will be observing the United Nations' Universal Health Coverage Day on 12 December...

Issued by Bloom Financial Services 11 Dec 2020

Shivani Ranchod, CEO and healthcare actuary, Percept
Window of opportunity for telemedicine innovation in SAArticle

Telemedicine is having its moment, thanks to Covid-19. Regulations have been temporarily relaxed, and digital innovation in the country is sky-high.

9 Dec 2020

Sustainability lessons from a pandemic
Sustainability lessons from a pandemicArticle

In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic changed the global landscape into alien territory. On 26 March 2020, South Africa initiated lockdown and the last six months have created both opportunities and challenges for NGOs in South Africa...

Issued by MANGO-OMC 2 Nov 2020

Older people in urban informal settlements live in poor socioeconomic conditions. Donwilson Odhiambo/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Combating lifestyle diseases can make a big difference in the lives of older peopleArticle

Noncommunicable diseases account for about 71% of the 57-million deaths reported around the world every year. Most of these deaths are caused by diabetes, cancers, heart disease and lung disease...

Razak M Gyasi 12 Oct 2020

Justice Malala
Post-Covid: The way forward for SA and emerging marketsArticle

Emerging markets across the world are well positioned to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, thanks to a raft of reforms and baked-in resilience - but while South Africa's fundamentals appear to be in good shape, it must overcome slow growth and a worrying debt trajectory...

6 Oct 2020

Nutrition in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic
Nutrition in the context of the Covid-19 pandemicArticle

The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the challenges of food insecurity, hunger, and malnutrition that existed prior to the outbreak, but which are now affecting more individuals and households...

Issued by University of the Free State 28 Sep 2020

3 accelerators to Covid-19 response
3 accelerators to Covid-19 responseArticle

Covid19 has challenged every industry - especially healthcare - to think differently, rely on data, target action and rapidly trial new models of care and technology in the race to save lives and preserve health...

8 Sep 2020

Hunger contributes strongly to health inequalities. Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images
Covid19: how the lockdown has affected the health of the poor in South AfricaArticle

The Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked substantial damage on human lives and the economy in South Africa. But the impact of the measures used to combat the pandemic, such as lockdowns, have not been even...

Chijioke Nwosu & Adeola Oyenubi 26 Aug 2020

DoH recruits nearly 2,400 interns
DoH recruits nearly 2,400 internsArticle

In the biggest intern allocation programme in history, the Health Department has recruited close to 2,400 medical interns, as the country grapples with mounting Covid-19 cases and a struggling health system...

21 Aug 2020

A nurse participates in the drill to test their system capabilities for the Covid-19 coronavirus mass patients influx at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi.
Covid-19 exposes weaknesses in Kenya's healthcare system. And what can be doneArticle

There are reports that Kenya's hospital beds are filling up because of a surge in Covid-19 patients. This highlights concerns since the start of the pandemic, that the health systems of many African countries would quickly become overwhelmed...

Abdu Mohiddin & Marleen Temmerman 29 Jul 2020

A child receives a vaccine against Ebola from a nurse in Goma on August 7, 2019. AUGUSTIN WAMENYA/AFP via Getty Images
The coping mechanisms the DRC is putting in place as it faces Ebola, measles and Covid-19Article

Ebola, a viral haemorrhagic fever of humans and other primates, has become endemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The country has had 10 outbreaks in 40 years and has recently declared the 11th...

Yap Boum 23 Jun 2020

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize
Longer lockdown won't delay peak - MkhizeArticle

Extending the lockdown by another two months will not necessarily delay the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic by any meaningful margin, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said...

22 Jun 2020

Call for action to address malnutrition in all its forms
Call for action to address malnutrition in all its formsArticle

The coronavirus pandemic has emphasised the importance of food security and nutritional wellbeing for all South Africans and has exposed the vulnerability and weaknesses of our food systems. In view of this, we call on the government to address malnutrition in all its forms...

Issued by Association for Dietetics in South Africa 17 Jun 2020

A healthcare worker collecting a swab for a Covid-19 test from a community member. AFP via Getty Images
Coronavirus pandemic holds lessons for South Africa's universal healthcare plansArticle

The National Health Insurance (NHI) has become an idealistic concept known as "imaginary". It's become the idea onto which all South Africa's aspirations for healthcare have been projected...

Steve Reid 18 May 2020

Nurses and midwives can make a significant impact in managing and preventing the leading causes of death. Shutterstock
Africa can and must do more to support nurses and midwivesArticle

Nurses and midwives are the backbone of health systems globally. Of the world's 43.5-million healthcare professionals, more than 20-million are nurses and midwives. They play a critical role, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, as quite often they are the first and only healthcare professionals people will see...

Pauline Bakibinga 16 Apr 2020 offers free Covid-19 pre-screening symptom checker offers free Covid-19 pre-screening symptom checkerArticle has built a pre-screening symptom checker into its platform that connects all stakeholders in the healthcare value chain, enabling a seamless patient journey...

9 Apr 2020

Dr Stephanie Allen, Deloitte global healthcare leader
#BizTrends2020: Global health challenges and how to change themArticle

The challenges before the global healthcare sector are plenty. But so are the opportunities...

Stephanie Allen 8 Jan 2020

Dr Brian Ruff, co-founder of PPO Serve
Heading towards value-based careArticle

Accessible and quality healthcare is a pillar of sustainable development and global security. The principle behind this is that no one should fall into poverty because they get sick and need healthcare...

17 Dec 2019

Child healthcare remains uneven in South Africa and varies between provinces and districts. Shutterstock
How South Africa can build a child-centred healthcare systemArticle

It is more than 20 years since the South African constitution first guaranteed children's "right to basic healthcare services"...

Maylene Shung-King 12 Dec 2019

Image source: Getty/Gallo
Sama makes NHI submission to ParliamentArticle

While the South African Medical Association (Sama) is in support of the principles of universal health coverage and quality care for all, it has not been able to support the 2019 NHI Bill in its current format...

10 Dec 2019

Netcare is one of three hospital groups found to dominated the facilities market. Shutterstock
How a lack of competition in South Africa's private health sector hurts consumersArticle

An extensive inquiry into South Africa's health market was recently concluded - the first ever process in the country that involved gathering evidence and then studying the private healthcare market from the perspective of competition and competition law...

1 Nov 2019

Lerato Mosiah, CEO of the Health Funders Association
HMI recommendations will contribute to universal coverageArticle

Once implemented, the majority of recommendations in the Competition Commission's Health Market Inquiry (HMI) will provide a conducive environment for attaining universal health coverage...

10 Oct 2019

We did the sums on South Africa's mental health spend. They're not prettyArticle

South Africa has taken steps towards strengthening mental healthcare in the last 20 years. These include reforming the Mental Health Care Act 2002 and developing a National Mental Health Policy Framework and Strategic Plan 2013-2020...

Sumaiyah Docrat & Crick Lund 9 Oct 2019

Lessons from Rwanda on how trust can help repair a broken health systemArticle

Seven countries around the world - three of them in Africa - have made faster than expected progress over the past 15 years in reducing deaths among children younger than five...

Agnes Binagwaho 2 Oct 2019

Dr Tapiwa Chiwewe, research manager for IBM Research, South Africa
#HASA2019: AI is a game changer in attaining universal health coverageArticle

Artificial intelligence (AI) has tremendous potential for reaching the universal health coverage goal of access to quality healthcare, not only in South Africa, but also the rest of the contintent....

28 Aug 2019

Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize
#HASA2019: NHI is a work in progressArticle

Despite a campaign from various quarters to undermine the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI), Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize said it is "not a monster coming to destroy everyone"...

Nicci Botha 26 Aug 2019

South Africa has a skewed healthcare system with an under-funded public sector and an expensive private sector. Shutterstock
Why South Africa's plans for universal healthcare are pie in the skyArticle

Performance in South Africa's two tier health system - the public and the private - has been worsening for some time. Politicians have attempted to attribute the decline in the public sector to a myriad of ills, none of their making...

Alex van den Heever 19 Aug 2019

Image source: Getty/Gallo
SAPPF vetoes proposed NHI modelArticle

While it supports the concept of universal health coverage and access to quality healthcare for all South Africans, the SAPPF does not support the National Health Insurance (NHI) model chosen by the South African government...

13 Aug 2019

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

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

31 Jul 2019

International migrants often struggle to access healthcare. Shutterstock
Migrants must be part of South Africa's universal health plan. Here's whyArticle

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

Sasha Frade & Jo Vearey 30 Jul 2019

Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize
Successful NHI implementation requires collaborationArticle

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

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

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

Nicci Botha 24 Jul 2019

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

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...

Anuschka Coovadia 5 Jul 2019

Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize
New minister promises NHI deliveryArticle

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

Image source: Getty/Gallo
#AfricaMonth: Re-envisioning Africa's healthcare systemArticle

To achieve universal healthcare in Africa, strong leadership, good governance structures and partnerships with the private sector are required to build a strong public health sector....

31 May 2019

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa
WHO report: 630-million years of healthy life lost in AfricaArticle

Nearly 630-million years of healthy life were lost in 2015 due to the diseases afflicting the population across the World Health Organisation's (WHO's) 47 member states in Africa...

28 Mar 2019

TB, which is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, is a leading cause of death. Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock
Major battles have been won against TB. But the war isn't overArticle

The suffering and massive loss of life caused by tuberculosis (TB) are proof that humanity hasn't prioritised the development of tools to eliminate a disease dating back 9,000 years.

Bavesh Kana 22 Mar 2019

Nearly half of childhood cancers worldwide are undiagnosed
Nearly half of childhood cancers worldwide are undiagnosedArticle

Nearly half of all childhood cancers are not being diagnosed globally, according to a new modeling study led by Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health...

28 Feb 2019

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

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

Two new rural clinics open in Eastern Cape
Two new rural clinics open in Eastern CapeArticle

Government has opened two new state-of-the-art clinics in rural Eastern Cape as it moves towards universal access to healthcare...

26 Feb 2019

In 50 years, Kenya has experienced an overall decline in under 5 mortality. Shutterstock
What mapping Kenya's child deaths for 50 years revealed - and why it mattersArticle

The number of children who die before reaching their fifth birthday is closely monitored as a marker of social well-being and national development.

Peter Macharia & Emelda Okiro 19 Feb 2019

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi
Motsoaledi outlines NHI war room planArticle

President Cyril Ramaphosa indicated in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) last week that in 2019 government will take a significant step towards universal health coverage that will bring quality healthcare to all South Africans...

12 Feb 2019

Over 80% of South Africans rely on state facilities like Chris Hani Baragwanath, the third largest hospital in the world. Shutterstock
Why delays to fixing healthcare are bad news for South AfricansArticle

The release of a final report about the state of competition in South Africa's private health sector has been delayed again...

Wezile Chitha 5 Feb 2019

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

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 healthArticle

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...

Board of Healthcare Funders 6 Jan 2019

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

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

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 nursesArticle

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...

Sharon Brownie 10 Dec 2018

Minister of Health of Burkina Faso, Professor Nicolas Meda and Minister of Health of Rwanda, Dr Diane Gashumba
Addressing neglected tropical diseasesArticle

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of communicable diseases that affect 1.58-billion people globally, 39% of whom live in Africa...

3 Dec 2018

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