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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...

FDA: Recall of Medtronic’s HawkOne atherectomy device

The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Class 2 device recall on the Medtronic HawkOne device, reminding consignees Medtronic has issued...

DA: Cost of ‘white elephant’ Ashanti Hospital balloons to R733m

The total cost of the refurbished Ashanti Hospital in the far West Rand has ballooned to R733m, including the building cost of R588,5m and...

Bone SA to host webinar on allograft engineering 1 February

Bone SA will be hosting a webinar on technological advances in allograft engineering, with special guest Prof TLP (Theo) Le Roux, veteran orthopaedic surgeon...

SA Natural Products: Paediatric study supports antiviral, antibacterial benefit of Echinacea Purpurea

A recently published clinical trial has shown that a locally available fresh plant extract from the Echinacea Purpurea medicinal plant successfully protects children from...

Ethiopia: Still no responsibility for murder of three Doctors Without Borders staff

Six months after the murder of three members of Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the full circumstances of, and responsibility for, their killing remains unclear, reports...

SAHPRA nod for GESlabs manufacture of cannabinoid pharmaceutical ingredients

After two years of design, build, inspection, and collaboration, the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has licenced GESLabs to manufacture cannabinoid active...

Free State University: Survey highlights importance of vaccine literacy

An extensive online survey undertaken by the Centre for Health Systems Research & Development at the University of the Free State last September revealed...

MSF COVID-19 Accountability Report: 368 projects in 76 countries

New surges of COVID-19 infection rates and patients requiring specialised care, more infectious variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, as well as the limited supply...

SA Medical Technology Industry Association: Unmask corruption in medtech sector

The South African Medical Technology Industry Association (SAMED) honours the International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December and asks South Africans to act on the...

Ghanaian doctor wins Falcon Award for Disease Elimination for work on river blindness

Professor Daniel Adjei Boakye of Ghana is one of five winners to receiveda Falcon Award for Disease Elimination this in Dubai. He will receive...

World Aids Day: Uniting to fight the triple threat of HIV, TB and COVID-19

This World AIDS Day (1 December), it is time to come together and refocus on ending the HIV epidemic. As South Africa works to...

Doctors Without Borders: WTO postponement underscores need for urgent action on TRIPS Waiver

In the wake of postponement of WTO’s Ministerial, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) underscores the urgency of adopting the TRIPS Waiver for people’s unhindered access...

COHSASA: Latest hospital accreditations in SA and Namibia

The latest accreditations awarded by The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa COHSASA have been announced. The following facilities have COHSASA, signifying that...

Cigna’s 360° Well-Being Index: Africa ranks higher in physical/social well-being than global average

Even though Africa is reeling under the pandemic, with surging cases amid low vaccination rates, it has achieved higher rankings in various indices compared...

10th edition of IDF Diabetes Atlas: One in nine SA adults living with diabetes

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has released new figures showing that a staggering 537m adults are now living with diabetes worldwide — a rise...

PMI survey: Misinformation a major threat to smoke-free progress

An international survey has revealed that misinformation is leading to confusion about smoke-free products. The survey commissioned by Philip Morris International reached nearly 30,000...

Biodata: First SA approval of trial investigating medical cannabis in management of chronic pain

Biodata, the medical science research subsidiary of JSE-listed Labat Africa, is the first South African company to receive Pharma-Ethics Independent Research Committee approval to...

Right to Care: Zulu prince backs medical male circumcision as tool against HIV

In his first public health event since his father’s death, Zulu prince Izinyane leSilo uNhlanganiso kaZwelithini (Nhlanganiso Zulu) called on the country’s men to...

Harm Reduction Consortium: SA at 17 out of 30, but inaugural Global Drug Policy Index reveals most countries fail policy test

The inaugural edition of the Global Drug Policy Index released on Monday (8 November) by the Harm Reduction Consortium, a coalition of civil society...

Alarming results from New Zealand’s biggest youth vaping survey 

Vaping among school students in New Zealand is on the rapid rise, reports a large survey from the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation and the...

Profmed Stress Index details the mental state of South Africa’s professionals

The myriad challenges that COVID-19 has forced on our lives have been stressful, none more so than for many working professionals. Based on Profmed’s...

Western Cape Premier’s Office: Third wave risk of death was 26% higher for the unvaccinated

Cape Town Premier Alan Winde says the third wave of the coronavirus was associated with a 9% increased risk of death in COVID-19 cases,...

SA Psychiatry launches ‘Beyond Madness’ podcast series to demystify psychiatry and the mentally ill

A new podcast series looks at not only the practical aspects of psychiatry, but also its purpose, and shares a broader view on the...

Adding Salt to the Wound: MSF report on global War on Terror’s effect on frontline healthcare workers

Twenty years after the start of the so called “global War on Terror” in the wake of 9/11, the medical humanitarian organisation Doctors without...

Solidarity launches PAIA application regarding NHI remarks by Dr Nicholas Crisp

Solidarity has launched an application in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) in connection with the controversial remarks made by...

UFS: R58m grant for establishment of advanced pharmacology R&D laboratory

The Department of Pharmacology at the University of the Free State (UFS) will establish one of the most advanced modern pharmacology GLP-accredited research and...

SA Society of Psychiatrists: Traditional and spiritual healers on the frontline of mental healthcare

Mental health professionals have called for greater collaboration between Western medical specialists and African traditional healers in providing primary healthcare for the one in...

DA: Some patients have been waiting since 2010 for surgery at Steve Biko Hospital

The waiting list for surgery at Steve Biko Hospital has ballooned to 2010 patients, including 205 patients who will have to wait between eight...

Right to Care: SA exceeding vaccination targets, thanks to highly advanced EVDS

The rapid scale-up of South Africa’s Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) in just three months has pushed the country’s COVID-19 vaccination programme to 131%...

SAB Foundation: South African entrepreneur launches AI Solution for breast cancer identification

Breast cancer remains the highest rate of mortality in South African women and those living in rural areas face multiple barriers in screening. Kathryn...

DA: Call for release of financial report on Durban & Coastal Mental Health

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in KwaZulu-Natal has called on the provinceʼs MECs for Social Development and Health to immediately release the report into the...

UCT: Grant for under-researched field of traumatic brain injury research

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) remains an under-researched area, despite the large burden of disease it represents. There is currently little data on incidence, outcomes...

Hospital Association of South Africa announces new Board

The Hospital Association of South Africa elected a new Board at its Annual General Meeting earlier this month, in Johannesburg. André Joseph from Life Healthcare...

Agility Health: How responsible are medical schemes’ funding models for next year?

All bets are off when it comes to predicting health costs in unprecedented times. Overly optimistic projections for the future of the pandemic and...