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Merck reaffirms its commitment to Africa with expanded programmes

Merck, a leading science and technology company, has announced further commitment to Africa, by expanding its access and awareness programmes and strengthening the health...

Healthcare system a ‘war zone’: video reveals state’s failure to prevent COVID deaths

South Africa’s leading satirical news voice is back with a new video on the state of healthcare in South Africa and the extent of...

Latest hospital accreditations awarded by COHSASA

The following facilities have been accredited by The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA) signifying that patients attending these facilities can...

Defence Minister must lay charges over Cuban donations – DA

The DA is calling on Minister of Defence Thandi Modise and Defence Secretary Gladys Kudjoe to lay criminal charges, by 27 May, against all officials...

DA flags non-payment of COVID-19 healthcare workers

Almost a full two months after the contracts of thousands of healthcare workers were extended to assist in the continued vaccine roll-out and manage...

DA: Let doctors and nurses with terminated contracts finish their training in private facilities

According to reports 2,748 community healthcare workers, 631 nurses and 91 doctors who were performing community service had their contracts terminated before they have...

Cost of Healthcare Index 2022 The raw cost of health services in 60 countries

Healthcare app development company Medical Web Experts has released a study in partnership with Bridge Patient Portal that reveals and compares the raw cost...

DA calls for Eastern Cape Health to be placed under administration

Despite plans, commitments and promises to the contrary, Eastern Cape Health Department leadership has failed to finalise an affordable staff organogram, failed to fill...

Charlotte Maxeke Hospital casualty not reopened in April, as promised – Jack Bloom

Despite promises that the casualty department at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital (CMJH) would reopen in April this year, it remains closed, causing huge...

DA: DoH must release public submissions on health regulations

The DA will write to the Minister of Health, Dr Joe Phaahla, to urgently request that he releases the raw submissions to the controversial...

Theranostics in the fight against cancer: University of Free State seeks pharmaceutical partner

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for nearly 10m deaths in 2020, or nearly...

DA: More than 21,000 specialist medical posts vacant, reaching 46% in Northern Cape

The DA calls on the Department of Health to present solutions on filling vacancies for nurses and medical specialists as a matter of utmost...

MSF assist as thousands struggle for access to water after KZN’s floods

After the catastrophic flash-flooding in the eThekwini region in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams have assisted a number of vulnerable...

Surgicom Private Practice Weekend 2022 invitation

The 3rd Surgicom Private Practice Weekend 2022, Private Surgical Practice in the new Reality for General Surgeons, will take place on 4/5 June 2022...

Intl Longevity Centre: Govts urged to invest 6% of health budgets in prevention efforts

The International Longevity Centre UK (ILC) has launched its G20 flagship report calling on governments to reorient their health systems to prevent and better...

GBMSA applauds generic manufacturers for securing medicine supplies during pandemic

Generic and Biosimilar Medicines of Southern Africa (GBMSA) has applauded South African generic medicine manufacturers for their critical role in securing sufficient medicines for...

MSF urges governments to reject draft COVID-19 TRIPS text at WTO

Almost one and a half years since India and South Africa first proposed a landmark intellectual property (IP) waiver for COVID-19 medical tools at...

Wellcome Data Prize to help understand young South Africans’ mental health crisis

Social Finance UK, a not-for-profit organisation, has partnered with global charitable foundation Wellcome to launch the Data Prize in Mental Health in the UK...

Collect & Go smart locker sites slash chronic script queues and inconvenience

Nearly 434,000 chronic medicine prescriptions have been loaded and nearly 336,000 prescriptions collected from 64 Collect & Go smart locker sites in Gauteng, the...

UOFS partners with SAHPRA for first clinical trial on traditional plant-based treatment of COVID-19

The Department of Pharmacology at the University of the Free State (UFS) and FARMOVS have teamed up to conduct the first South African Health...

UCT: South African Medicines Formulary goes digital

In a ground-breaking move for South Africa’s healthcare sector, the South African Medicines Formulary (SAMF) – the gold standard for medicine information in the...

Pfizer invests R255m to strengthen South Africa’s health system through Biovac partnership

Multinational Pfizer has pledged to invest a further R255m into South Africa’s pharmaceutical sector through its partnership with the Biovac Institute. This is a...

SA performs below par in Global Mental Health Price Index 2022

In the context of mental health pressures from the pandemic and war in Ukraine, a new price index compares the cost and quality of...

Life Healthcare's Hilton Hospital receives SA’s first Novalis Circle certification

The Life Oncology radiotherapy unit at Life Hilton Private Hospital, in KwaZulu-Natal, has made history by becoming South Africa’s first private hospital to be...

SA HIV Clinicians Society: CME webinar on tuberculosis today

The Southern African HIV Clinicians Society (SAHCS) invites you to a Continuing Medical Education (CME) webinar on Thursday, 24 March 2022 from 17h30 to...

Public Servants Assoc: Lack of political will to recover R156m irregular expenditure on 1 Military Hospital

The Public Servants Association (PSA) was shocked to learn the both the Department of Defence and the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI)...

European Society of Cardiology suspends Russia and Belarus memberships

With utmost concern, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) learns of the current crisis in the heart of Europe. The ESC, throughout its 70...

Solidarity: Judgment reserved in application to have NHI ‘certificate of need’ declared invalid

Judgment was reserved in Solidarityʼs case in the Pretoria High Court heard on Friday 11 March to have sections 36 to 40 of the...

DA: R700m Anglo Ashanti hospital will become ghost hospital

About R700m has been spent on the Anglo Ashanti Hospital in the Far West Rand, but there is no decision on its future use...

SA Society of Obs/Gynaes: Pandemic having ‘dire consequences’ for women

This International Women’s Day (Tuesday 8 March), the South African Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (SASOG) wishes to bring attention to the consequences of...

DA: Despite R40m security, further thefts delay Charlotte Maxeke casualty's re-opening

It is most distressing that yet another major theft at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital (CMJH) is delaying the re-opening of the casualty unit,...

DA: Eastern Cape Health budget ‘must protect hospital and clinic allocations ‘

The Eastern Cape Health Department needs to drastically cut its obscenely bloated non-medical staff cohort and protect the operational budgets of district, provincial and...

MPS launches research initiative to improve patient safety, clinician well-being

Medical Protection Society (MPS) launched the MPS Foundation on Wednesday (2 March); a new, global, not-for-profit research initiative to help shape the future of...

Afro-European project: SA study for treatment of cryptococcal meningitis

A consortium of leading scientists and institutions in Africa and Europe has launched a project with funding from the European & Developing Countries Clinical...

COHSASA’s latest hospital accreditations: Cureday, International Hospital and 6 Mediclinics

The following facilities have been accredited by The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA), signifying that patients attending these facilities can...

MSD: The lifesaving case for reforming South Africa’s medicine laws

South African patients often find it difficult to access high-value, innovative medicines affordably. Addressing this inequity in access challenge may dramatically extend and enhance...

MSF and SA’s People’s Health Movement call for patent law reform

With patents in South Africa likely to undermine people’s access to COVID-19 treatments and vaccines, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), along with People’s Health Movement...

DA: Suspension of 9 senior officials over Gauteng's R588m ‘white elephant’ hospital

The Democratic Alliance welcomes the suspension of nine senior officials implicated in the R588m refurbishment of the AngloGold Ashanti Hospital in the far West...

MSF: Tackling COVID-19 vaccination barriers in hard-to-reach areas of Eswatini

With COVID-19 vaccination coverage at around 28% in Eswatini, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is working to support the Ministry of Health’s national campaign to...

Netcare looking to sell or close its Bougainville Hospital in Pretoria

Netcare is looking to sell the 60-bed Netcare Bougainville Hospital in Pretoria West, which first opened its doors in 1997. Commenting on the development Johan...