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Massive changes proposed to private medical schemes

March 19, 2009       News  

Two new Bills signal government’s intention to restrict private medical aids and exercise more central control over public health as it moves to establish a single health system by 2026.

Durban to get world’€™s most advanced TB research centre

March 19, 2009
News  

With virtually all KwaZulu-Natal health facilities registering cases of extensively drug-resistant TB, the multi-million rand international research facility will be well placed to find research subjects.

Free State AIDS patients in the dark about services Living with AIDS Programme 382

While the Free State Health Department maintains that last November’€™s moratorium preventing about 15 000 new patients from getting antiretroviral treatment has been lifted, patients and civil society organisations paint a different picture.

Free State making little progress

Less than 600 patients have started antiretroviral treatment since the Free State province lifted the moratorium on treatment and the waiting list of 15 000 grows daily.

Papal Comments Regarding Condoms Angers AIDS Activists

March 19, 2009
News  

Pope Benedict XVI is in Africa this week (17th-23rd March) on his first trip to the continent as Pontiff and is already angering AIDS activists with his anti-condom stance.

FS health workers abandon patients to do ANC electioneering

Despite a health crisis in the Free State caused by a funding shortage, the provincial health department has granted 160 health workers who are members of the ANC-aligned National Education Health and Allied Workers’€™ Union (NEHAWU) paid leave for six months to do election campaigning for the ANC.

More people report sexual violence in SA ‘€“ MSF

The humanitarian medical aid agency, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), has reported an increase in rape cases reported to its various clinics in South Africa and worldwide. MSF recently released a report detailing the nature of cases patients present their aid workers with.

Suicide prevention through Mental Health First Aid

March 17, 2009
Diseases and Disorders   Mental Health  

First Aid is a very well known and important procedure in society. But, Mental Health First Aid is something new in this country. It was imported from Australia where it was developed. South African experts identified the need for this program as a result of rising numbers of cases of patients with mental illnesses.