South Africa: Premier Alan Winde Calls for Move to Covid-19 Alert Level 1
[Govt of SA] Premier Winde calls for move to Alert Level 1 with clear plan for the termination of the National State of Disaster (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 22, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: President Ramaphosa to Address Global Covid-19 Summit
[Govt of SA] President Cyril Ramaphosa will this afternoon, 22 September 2021, address a virtual Global COVID-19 Summit, at the invitation of His Excellency President Joe Biden of the United States of America. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 22, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Premier Alan Winde On Coronavirus Covid-19 Cases and Vaccines for 21 Sept
[Govt of SA] Update on the coronavirus and vaccines by Premier Alan Winde (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 22, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: SA to Participate in Unga76
[SAnews.gov.za] President Cyril Ramaphosa will participate virtually in the General Debate of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA76). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 22, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: SA Has Over 8 Million Fully Vaccinated Adults
[SAnews.gov.za] South Africa on Tuesday crossed the eight million mark for adults who are fully vaccinated. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 22, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nurturing a New Generation of Food Leaders
An European Institute for Innovation and Sustainability (EIIS) programme focusses on production, distribution, and consumption issues of food systems. Credit: Joyce ChimbiBy Joyce ChimbiNAIROBI, KENYA, Sep 22 2021 (IPS) Food security experts have raised an alarm that with as many as 811 million people the world over or 10 percent of the global population going hungry, the world is off-track to ending hunger and malnutrition. More so, after a decade of steadily declining, the number of malnourished people grew by 161 million from 2019 to 2020 alone, a spike attributed to complex global challenges such as COVID-19, climate c...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Joyce Chimbi Tags: Biodiversity Conferences Environment Featured Food and Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations EIIS Source Type: news

South Africa: La Vie En Rose - a Single Mpumalanga Company Robbed SAPS of Hundreds of Millions in Covid-19 PPE Tender
[Daily Maverick] Red Roses Africa (Pty) Ltd supplied the personal protective equipment at what is difficult not to describe as criminally inflated prices - R515m - and yet no one appears to be investigating. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: SA Administers More Than 16 Million Covid-19 Vaccines
[SAnews.gov.za] South Africa has surpassed the 16 million mark for total administered COVID-19 doses since the start of the country's vaccination rollout programme. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Social Development Commemorates World Alzheimer's Day in Eastern Cape
[SAnews.gov.za] Today marks World Alzheimer's Day, which is commemorated annually on 21 September. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Millions of Children Miss Routine Vaccinations Amid Chaos of Covid-19 - Urgent Catch-Up Plans Needed
[Daily Maverick] Countries need to develop strategies to re-establish routine childhood vaccination programmes and develop catch-up programmes for those children who have missed their routine childhood vaccines. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Minister Sisulu Welcomes Germany's Decision to Remove SA From the 'Red List' Countries
[SAnews.gov.za] Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has thanked the German government for removing South Africa from the COVID-19 red list. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

A mixed methods approach to understanding adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in Munsieville, South Africa [conference abstract] - Quinn M, Cummings C, Stinson J.
IEA World Congress of Epidemiology 2021 - Scientific Program Abstract Focus of Presentation Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have been shown to increase health risk behaviors and negative health outcomes. ACE surveys have been well docum... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

For Healthier Food Systems: Turn the Tide Against Ultra-Processed Products
The World Food Programme distributing food in El Salvador. The second of the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals is to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. Credit: WFP/David FernandezBy Trish CotterMELBOURNE, Sep 21 2021 (IPS) COVID-19 has exposed serious vulnerabilities in how people around the world access and consume food. One of the more alarming trends is the significant increase in the consumption of foods that may be tasty and convenient, but harm our heath. These ultra-processed products include sugary drinks, snack foods, frozen meals, packaged breads and ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Trish Cotter Tags: Climate Change Editors' Choice Featured Food and Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

South Africa: This Fitness Activity Got Me - and Millions of Others - Through the Pandemic
[Daily Maverick] It fascinates me how the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other can have such a profound health impact. Here, I share why running is life-changing as well as the reason Vitality is spearheading the global Vitality Running World Cup. It's another step... actually many thousands of steps... towards our goal of making 100 million people 20% more active by 2025. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 20, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Blindsa Litigation to Improve Access to Learning Materials for Pupils Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
[Daily Maverick] On 21 September 2021, SECTION27 will represent BlindSA in litigation in the High Court against government departments that seeks to declare the 1978 Copyright Act unconstitutional. This is because of the failure of the act to grant a copyright exemption to persons who are blind or visually impaired that will enable them to convert education materials into accessible formats they can use, like Braille. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 20, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Western Cape Launches Public Facing TB Dashboard to Help Monitor TB Responses
[Govt of SA] Western Cape Government launches first-of-a-kind public facing TB dashboard to help monitor the province's TB response (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - September 20, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: New Covid-19 Infections On a Downward Trend
[SAnews.gov.za] The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says the country is experiencing a sustained downward trend in new COVID-19 infections. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 20, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Workplace Vaccination Policies - Juggling Science, Legal Liabilities, Constitutional Rights, Personal Choice and Greater Good
[Daily Maverick] Employees and employers will have to find some common ground for mandatory workplace vaccination to be better understood and accepted, not resented. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 20, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

US to lift Covid travel ban for vaccinated passengers from UK and most of EU
US will lift Covid-19 travel restrictions starting in November, which will also affect travellers from China, Brazil, South Africa and India (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gaia review – attack of the killer mushrooms
A terrifying contagion spreads in this chilling South African eco-horror that takes the fun out of fungiThe mushroom is having a moment. Its magical qualities and deep connection with the Earth have been explored in numerous recent releases, including Louie Schwarzberg ’s Fantastic Fungi. Also journeying into the curious kingdom of the fungus, this psychedelic eco-horror directed by Jaco Bouwer reimagines the mushroom as an environmental avenger that awes and petrifies all at once.Deep in the belly of the lushTsitsikamma national park in South Africa, forest ranger Gabi (Monique Rockman) gets seriously injured after ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 20, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Phuong Le Tags: Film Horror films Fungi South Africa World news Science Culture Biology Source Type: news

Temporal changes in trauma according to alcohol sale restrictions during the south African national COVID-19 lockdown - Van Hoving DJ, van Koningsbruggen C, De Man M, Hendrikse C.
Introduction The South African government enforced various alcohol sale restrictions during the COVID-19 lockdown in order to reduce hospital admissions related to alcohol-associated injuries. A cross-sectional study was performed to describe the temporal... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 20, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

South African university women's perspectives on intimate partner violence: a qualitative study of reactions to a tailored vignette - Ross C, Smith JG, Manenzhe T, Netshiongolwe R, Johnson T, Caldwell A, Maphula A, Ingersoll KS.
Intimate partner violence is an ongoing issue in South Africa, which has the highest rates of violence against women and girls in the world. Intimate partner violence is common in Limpopo, where women, including university students, experience elevated rat... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 20, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Nigeria: Nigeria Bars Travellers From Brazil, South Africa, Turkey Over Covid-19
[Leadership] Travellers who have stayed or visited Brazil, South Africa and Turkey in the last 14 days have been restricted from entering Nigeria, the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, has declared. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 20, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Experts Broadly Positive About Digital Vaccination Certificates
[spotlight] Last week the National Department of Health announced plans to issue digital vaccination certificates to people who have received COVID-19 jabs. While the details were sparse, Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla said that the certificates will become available in "just over a week or so". (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 19, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Editorial - HIV Prevention Injection Should Be Fast-Tracked Like Covid-19 Vaccines
[spotlight] One of the most important developments in HIV in the last decade is the discovery that taking a pill combining two antiretroviral medicines every day can prevent HIV infection. This pill is finally becoming widely available in South Africa's public healthcare system, but uptake is still relatively low. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 19, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Banking Glitch Triggers Health Workers' Strike in Eastern Cape
[GroundUp] Department of Health promises employees will get salary within hours (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 18, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Unpacking Excess Deaths. What Is Known and Where the Gaps Are
[The Conversation Africa] In the 2000s experts from the University of Cape Town and the South African Medical Research Council built a system to track AIDS mortality on a monthly and a yearly basis, using data from the Department of Home Affairs. In 2020 researchers built on this system to track COVID-19 deaths in South Africa. Now, South Africa is one of few countries in the developing world that have managed to build a near-real time mortality tracking system. The South African Medical Research Council publishes a weekly report o (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 18, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Towards Africa's First MRNA Vaccine Technology Transfer Hub
[WHO-AFRO] Brazzaville -- The World Health Organization (WHO), a South African consortium and partners from COVAX, are working to set-up a technology transfer hub for mRNA vaccines in South Africa to help boost and scale up vaccine production in Africa. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 18, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Suicidal behaviour in South Africa and Bangladesh : a review of empirical work - Khan AR, Ratele K, Helman R.
Suicidal behaviour is as significant a public-health concern in the global South as it is worldwide. In this article we offer a review of studies on suicidal behaviour in two countries in the global South - one in Asia (Bangladesh) and one in Africa (South... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

Prevalence and profile of drugs and alcohol in fatally injured drivers in Pretoria, South Africa - Liebenberg J, Toit PL, Saayman G, Steenkamp V.
South Africa (SA) is faced with continuing challenges pertaining to drug and alcohol abuse. Currently, there is a paucity of information regarding the involvement of non-alcohol substances in road-traffic accidents, as drugged-driving cases are seldom iden... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

South Africa: Premier Alan Winde Update On Coronavirus Covid-19 On 16 September
[Govt of SA] As at 1pm on 16 September 2021, the Western Cape had 15 203 active COVID-19 infections, with a total number 513 732 COVID-19 cases to date and 479 103 recoveries. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 17, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Foggers Have 'No Role' in Preventing Covid, but IEC Is Still Sending Them to All Voting Stations - At Taxpayers Expense
[Daily Maverick] Medical experts say there's no role for disinfectant foggers in Covid-19 control, but the Electoral Commission is distributing them to SA's 23,151 voter registration stations this weekend and plans to order 126,280 more canisters for the upcoming elections. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 17, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: The Doctor Who Set Up a Safe Space Vaccination Group On Social Media
[Daily Maverick] Doctor Martin Young: 'We live for those posts that say "I am vaccinated. I was scared but I got it done"'. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 17, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Human Resource Issues At Root of Free State Healthcare Problems, Report Suggests
[Daily Maverick] A shortage of healthcare workers is contributing to long waiting times at healthcare facilities and poor treatment adherence, as well as undermining the response to HIV and tuberculosis in the Free State, a new report shows. Spotlight attended the launch of the report and asked the Free State health department for a response. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 17, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: No Jab, No Job - Big Business Pushes for Mandatory Covid-19 Vaccinations in the Workplace
Discussions between representatives of business, government, labour and communities will start in a few weeks on how to introduce vaccine mandates for all workers. A framework might be created that will help employers to isolate unvaccinated workers from the workplace, possibly either firing them or submitting them to weekly Covid-19 testing at their own cost. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 17, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: The Aids Epidemic and Its Denialists Have Lessons for Anti-Vax Conspiracy Theorists
[Daily Maverick] Most Covid-19 vaccine misinformation in the US is driven by 12 individuals, most of whom work in 'alternative medicine'. Joseph Mercola, the leading member of the 'dirty dozen', is worth more than $100-million. At the height of South Africa's Aids epidemic, purveyors of alternative medicine, many supported by then Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, benefitted directly from Thabo Mbeki's distrust of ARVs. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 16, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Online African Covid-19 Green Stimulus Programme Launched
[SAnews.gov.za] Securing and restoring livelihoods should be top of the agenda in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, an African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) has resolved. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 16, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: National State of Disaster Regulations Remain a Necessity in Fight Against Covid-19
[SAnews.gov.za] President Cyril Ramaphosa says the National State of Disaster will be lifted only once regulatory measures for the prevention and spread of COVID-19 are in place or once there is no longer a need for the state of disaster. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 16, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Desperate Pensioners Build Their Own Clinic, but Eastern Cape Health Department Can't Supply Nurses
[GroundUp] Villagers, mostly pensioners, in Willowvale in the Eastern Cape built their own small clinic in 2019 which they say cost R320,000. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 16, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Employment and Labour Calls On Employers to Resolve Covid-19 TERS Portal Errors
[Govt of SA] The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has appealed to employers to resolve errors on the COVID-19 TERS portal to enable it to finalise outstanding claims. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 16, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Life Esidimeni Inquest Adjourned Until 4 October
[Daily Maverick] Judge Mmonoa Teffo adjourned the proceedings in order not to 'contaminate evidence' because of documentation that had been incorrectly filed and captured for the inquest. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 16, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 Recovery Requires Justice Beyond Rhetoric
Credit: Global Policy ForumBy Jens MartensBONN, Germany, Sep 16 2021 (IPS) Policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis have exacerbated rather than reduced global inequalities. On the one hand, the net wealth of billionaires has risen to record levels since the outbreak of the pandemic (increasing by more than US$ 5 trillion to US$ 13.1 trillion from 2020 to 2021), on the other hand, the number of people living in extreme poverty has also increased massively (by approx. 100 million to 732 million in 2020). These contrasts alone show that something is fundamentally wrong in the world. In respon...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 16, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jens Martens Tags: Civil Society Economy & Trade Education Gender Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy Source Type: news

South Africa: SA Administers More Than 15 Million Covid-19 Jabs
[SAnews.gov.za] South Africa has now crossed the 15 million mark for the number of COVID-19 doses administered. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 15, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: UIF Calls On Employers to Resolve Errors On Covid-19 TERS Portal
[SAnews.gov.za] The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has appealed to employers to resolve errors on the COVID-19 TERS portal to enable it to finalise outstanding claims. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 15, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The correlation between full moon and admission volume for penetrating injuries at a major trauma centre in South Africa - Kong VY, Keizer AA, Donovan MM, Weale RD, Rajaretnam NS, Bruce JL, Elsabagh A, Clarke DL.
BACKGROUND: The possible effect of full moon on admission volume of trauma centres is a well-mentioned phenomenon that has been perpetuated worldwide. We aimed to review the correlation between full moon and admission volume and to interrogate any possible... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

South Africa: Corpses Piled in Trucks a Sign of Covid Times - Undertakers
[Daily Maverick] The transport of bodies en masse in refrigerated trucks will continue as backlogs at crematoriums in Cape Town leave families of some of the dead with few options if they seek a speedy cremation. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 15, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Sex Workers Pride Celebrated With Vaccinations and Calls for Decriminalisation
[GroundUp] Western Cape MEC for Health Nomafrench Mbombo says criminalisation of sex work makes access to health services more difficult (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 15, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Vitamin D Deficiency Does Not Increase TB Risk in Young Children
[UCT] Low Vitamin D levels have been hypothesised by some experts to be a risk factor for tuberculosis (TB). People who develop TB often present with low Vitamin D levels when they are diagnosed. However, whether Vitamin D levels at one point predispose a child to developing TB is debated and not clear. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - September 15, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Remembering Tozama Mkwakwi and Thandeka Vinjwa - 'Daughters of the Soil' Who Devoted Their Lives to Social Justice
[Daily Maverick] Both women were profound activists, leaders and mothers to many comrades in the struggle for the right to health. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 15, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Silicosis Payouts Are 'Symbolic Justice' for Miners
[New Frame] The Tshiamiso Trust has begun paying out workers who contracted silicosis and TB in South Africa's gold mines, but the amounts are paltry against what they have lost to poor health over the years. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 14, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news