Only 5 percent of people in Sub-Saharan Africa have access to safe surgery and many countries in the region have no surgical policies, delegates heard yesterday at an agenda setting conference hosted by Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Global Surgery.
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde is chairing the province’s AIDS council, something his predecessor Helen Zille did not do. Alicestine October sat down with Winde to discuss HIV, Zille and much more.
The scourge of HIV and deaths due to unsafe abortion among young people urgently calls for age appropriate Comprehensive Sex Education. It also calls for reform of restrictive laws and for more resources to be allocated to Sexual and Reproductive Health, writes Thuthukile Mbatha.
The last time medical waste services in KwaZulu-Natal were delivered in terms of a standard non-extended, tender was 2003. With the cancelation of a recently advertised tender this highly irregular situation seems set to continue well into 2020.
In 2018 the United States invested $371 million in tuberculosis research and development (R&D). South Africa invested $4.5 million (R64,9 million) – a dramatic decrease on 2017, but still high when measured as a proportion of all R&D spending in the country.
The latest Auditor-General’s (AG) report makes for grim reading regarding a number of provincial departments of health. Yet, there seems little hope that provincial legislatures will hold these departments to account and even less that the public will be kept informed of the activities of these legislatures.
A case that may be heading to the Constitutional Court could determine whether or not the state can be held liable for medical negligence in certain cases. Motheo Brodie explains why the TAC is seeking to be admitted as a friend of the court in this landmark case.
“They all say yes because of their poverty. They don’t know the disadvantages of NHI,” says IFP MP Magdalene Hlengwa, reflecting on the public hearings on the NHI Bill. Biénne Huisman sat down with Hlengwa to discuss NHI and much more.
In 2008 a new class of mid-level health worker was created in response to the shortage of doctors in the public sector. A decade later, has government given up on clinical associates? Amy Green investigates.
A newborn’s first 1 000 days are crucial, according to paediatrician, Dr Elmarie Malek. Malek presented a paper at the 10th Child Health Priorities Conference last weekend highlighting the need to invest in a child’s first 1000 days.