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Op-ed: New health product regulatory authority launched

November 17, 1999       News  

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority shows promise for more efficient review and approval of medical devices and medicines, writes PATH’s Yolanda Moyo.

Thulani battles hunger

November 17, 1999

When Sipetu Hospital’s matron, Eugenia Ngewu, stood up to pray asking for an end to malnutrition in their community, she had little Thulani (5) in mind. He arrived at Sipetu and was immediately diagnosed with Kwashiorkor, a form of severe malnutrition.

Is drug-use amongst South African youth increasing

November 17, 1999
Alcohol & Drugs  

There has been an alarming increase in the proportion of adolescent patients at drug treatment centres countrywide, according to Charles Parry of the Medical Research Council. In Cape Town, for example, the proportion of patients under 20 drug treatment centres in Cape Town has more than doubled since 1996 from 6% to 15% in 1999.

Community service for more health workers

November 17, 1999
Rural Health  

Pharmacists will be doing a year’s community service by 2001, and the health department may also draft physiotherapists, occupational and speech therapists and psychologists into service.

AIDS martyr’s killers may face justice

November 17, 1999
HIV and AIDS  

The killers of Aids activist Gugu Dlamini may not escape justice, thanks to a public outcry that has caused the Directorate of Public Prosecutions to intervene after charges against the accused were dropped.

Health Department cuts spending

November 17, 1999
Health Funding  

Despite the HIV/AIDS epidemic, government has cut health spending over the past year and it will spend even less per capita next year. “Add to this the pressure of HIV/AIDS and it becomes clear that we have more difficulties ahead of us,” Tshabalala-Msimang told the first-ever consultative meeting between herself, health MECs, MPs and MPLs […]

Medical Research Council honours black researchers

November 17, 1999
Science; Research & Innovations  

For the first time the Medical Research Council honoured two black researchers for their contributions to medical research. The role of the MRC in the coming years is to do research to provide the most up-to-date scientific evidence to allow the public and policymakers to make informed choices.

Breast could be best – even for HIV-postive mother

November 9, 1999
HIV Prevention  

Breastfeeding is still the best option – even for HIV positive mothers, according to the findings of a recent study by researchers at the University of Natal, Durban which has caught the attention of international AIDS researchers.