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GenderInSITE report: Women still under-represented in more than 120 international science organisations

A study reporting on the inclusion and participation of women in more than 120 science organisations that are coordinated at a global level finds...

MSF: Two-drug Covid cocktail recommended by WHO must be made accessible to all who need it

On Friday (24 September), as the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended the two-drug treatment cocktail, casirivimab/imdevimab, for people with COVID-19, Doctors Without Borders (MSF)...

Health Funders Association position statement on National Health Insurance Bill

The Health Funders Association (HFA, which is the representative organisation for medical schemes, administrators and managed care organisations) has presented its position on the...

SA Society of Psychiatrists: Pandemic’s online learning and working sees increase in ADHD symptoms

Technology has enabled remote working, learning and social connections during the COVID-19 pandemic, but increases of up to 80% in time spent in front...

Pharma Dynamics: An app to assist parents and caregivers of ADHD children

A local pharmaceutical company has partnered with an innovative tech partner to launch a new app, geared to help parents take better care of...

MSF: Vital paediatric TB medicines need to be available as generics

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released new rapid guidance recommending that children of all ages with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) have access to all-oral...

Justice for Miners Campaign: Not enough being done for TB and silicosis compensation claimants

The Justice for Miners Campaign has issued a statement welcoming the announcement made on 2 August by the Tshiamiso Trust of their first significant...

DA: 2,000 patients a day unable to be treated at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital

About 2,000 outpatients a day cannot be treated at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital since the fire damage on 16 April this year, causing...

Vaping products make significant economic contributions – VPASA study

A study commissioned by the Vapour Products Association of South Africa (VPASA) has found that the vapour industry – including vapes, e-cigarettes and heat-not-burn...

MSF: Support to Livingstone Hospital extended for another month amid Eastern Cape COVID-19 infection surge

To prevent system collapse in Livingstone Hospital as COVID-19 case numbers continue to rise in the Eastern Cape’s Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, Doctors Without...

Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa: Latest awards

Mediclinic Milnerton has been awarded a four-year accreditation by The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA), signifying that the healthcare facility...

Following sharp decline in donations, Eye Bank Foundation of SA joins forces with Bone SA

Eye banks throughout South Africa have seen a sharp decline in corneal donation in recent years and successful transplants utilising local corneas have declined...

Right to Care: South Africa’s women bear the brunt of HIV stigma

Women are facing a myriad challenges that negatively affect South Africa’s progress towards an HIV-free generation, says Right to Care, a leading health NGO...

UFS: Department of Nuclear Medicine treats first patient with advanced prostate cancer

The University of the Free State (UFS) Department of Nuclear Medicine has, for the first time, started using Lutetium 177 PSMA (Lu-177 PSMA) therapy...

DA: Only private/public partnership can reopen Charlotte Maxeke Hospital

The Democratic Alliance proposes a private/public partnership to fully re-open the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital (CMJH) within a period of one year. This is...

Federation of Surgeons of SA: Recent public calls not to take the COVID-19 vaccine

The South African constitution allows for the right of choice as well as freedom of speech. An individual may choose not to have the...

Public Servants Association: Concern over surge of infections in schools

The Public Servants Association (PSA), which represents thousands of educators and administrative staff at schools nationwide, is extremely concerned about the surge in COVID-19...

HQA releases annual report on quality of healthcare in South Africa

The not-for-profit Health Quality Assessment (HQA) last week released its 17th annual industry report on the quality of healthcare in South Africa. Data from...

DA: Eastern Cape has only 13 psychiatric nurses for 1,421 mental health beds

The state of mental healthcare services in the Eastern Cape continues to decline, writes the Democratic Alliance’s Jane Cowley, Shadow MEC for Health, despite...

DA: Massive COVID-19 spike in Eastern Cape should sound alarm bells

There has been a massive spike in COVID-19 infections across the Eastern Cape, which has left citizens fearful of a more powerful and deadly...

DA: 2,000 patients a day unable to be treated at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital

About 2,000 outpatients a day cannot be treated at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital since the fire damage on 16 April this year, causing...

Justice for Miners Campaign: Not enough being done for TB and silicosis compensation claimants

The Justice for Miners Campaign has issued a statement welcoming the announcement made on 2 August by the Tshiamiso Trust of their first significant...

Aspen delivers first African-manufactured COVID vaccines for SA

South Africa’s Aspen Pharmacare released the first batch of Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccines to the country last week from its flagship Gqeberha-based...

FDA expands emergency use of REGEN-COVTM (casirivimab and imdevimab)

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated the Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) for the investigational COVID-19 antibody...

Academy of Science of SA: An online booklet about COVID-19 for pupils and teachers

Essential facts about COVID-19: the disease, the responses, and an uncertain future, comes under the spotlight in a booklet commissioned by the Academy of...

Netcare: Warning over Lesotho government’s latest actions with regard to the QMMH

After a decision made late last Thursday (29 July) by the Government of Lesotho (GoL), Netcare has officially informed the GoL of the potentially...

BioNTech: Project to develop mRNA-based vaccine against malaria with Africa production

Backed by the eradicateMalaria initiative, German company BioNTech has announced a malaria project involving the development of an mRNA-based vaccine against the disease and...

Warning from CCSSA and SASA on vaccinations and Ivermectin

The Critical Care Society of Southern Africa (CCSSA) and the South African Society of Anaesthesiologists have issued a statement regarding vaccinations and Ivermectin use...

Netcare: Handover of Lesotho's Queen ‘Mamohato Memorial Hospital and primary care clinics

Netcare has updated a statement issued earlier this month regarding the start of the handover operations of the Queen ‘Mamohato Memorial Hospital (QMMH) and...

DA: New superintendent-general is qualified but Eastern Cape Health is a sinking ship

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has issued a news release noting the appointment of Dr Rolene Wagner as the new superintendent general of the beleaguered...

Sisonke: Only 2% of breakthrough infections in J&J vaccinated health workers are severe

Following treatment with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, only 2% of breakthrough infections are severe, according to data in the Sisonke investigation The SA Medical...

DA: Orsmond TB Hospital in Uitenhage in danger of collapse

Tuberculosis patients in the Eastern Cape’s Orsmond TB hospital in Uitenhage are in danger of the building collapsing on top of them, says the...

Netcare: Handover of Queen ‘Mamohato Memorial Hospital and clinics to Lesotho government

Netcare has begun the handover of Queen ‘Mamohato Memorial Hospital and primary care clinics to Lesotho government, according to a news release from Netcare. The...

HPCSA: skeleton staff, online services and home working in response to Level 4

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has invoked its Business Continuity Plan to ensure business continues uninterrupted since the adjustment to alert...

MSF: Following WHO recommendation on tocilizumab for COVID-19, a call for Roche to cut price

As the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended tocilizumab yesterday for people with severe COVID-19, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) called on the Swiss pharmaceutical corporation...

CANSA and Netcare jointly establish virtual cancer support group

The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) and Netcare have partnered to establish a national virtual cancer support group. It will be open to...

DA: Government must acknowledge vax failure and accept help — Steenhuisen

The botched vaccine programme has revealed the full extent of our incapable state, says Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen in a news release. He...

MSF: Governments off track on providing tools to prevent TB

As the World Health Organization (WHO) convenes a ‘call to action' this week on the need to scale up access to preventive treatment for...

EFF: SAHPRA refusal to allow Sinovac and Sputnik condemned

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) condemns the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) for its refusal to allow the administration and usage of...

DA: Parliamentary inquiry proposed into vaccine programme delays

The DA proposes the establishment of a parliamentary ad hoc committee to conduct a full inquiry into the government’s handling of its Covid-19 vaccine...