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Superbugs baffle many South Africans

Preventing antibiotic resistance puzzles many at a time where momentum is growing to address this growing public health threat.

Much shorter TB treatment offers hope

There is hope for people living with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) as the “gruelling” two-year treatment with “terrible side-effects” such as deafness can now be successfully shortened to just nine months.

Patient incorrectly prescribed HIV medication

May 20, 2016
News   OurHealth   Pharmaceutical Drugs  

When epileptic patient Thabang Madimabi collapsed, he never expected to wake up in hospital and on antiretrovirals (ARVs)  – especially since Madimabi is HIV negative. 

New HIV pill slated for privileged few?

April 18, 2016
HIV Treatment   Pharmaceutical Drugs  

Better HIV treatment is coming to South Africa, but a lack of generic producers of the new antiretroviral dolutegravir may keep it in the hands of the few for years to come.

Quarter of surveyed health facilities report stock outs

April 16, 2016
News   Pharmaceutical Drugs  

Almost 25 percent of health facilities surveyed nationally have gone without HIV or tuberculosis (TB) medicines at least once in the last year, according to preliminary survey results released this week.

Activists picket UN meeting for access to medicines

Dozens of activists and patients picketed today outside the Johannesburg meeting of a United Nations high level panel on access to medicines. Activists have demanded governments fund more drug research and development.

Call for contributions to the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Access to Medicines

The United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines is calling for proposals to enhance and strengthen the promotion of innovation and access to medicines, vaccines and diagnostics.