South Africa: Weight Gain Worries for Newer HIV Treatment Regimens
[GroundUp] This is the HIV combination treatment pill of choice (though this is only one of several brands) for newly diagnosed HIV patients in South Africa. The regimen has proven very effective at suppressing HIV, and patients tolerate it well, but it is associated with obesity in women. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - October 1, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: After Battling TB and Covid-19, This Doctor Reached Breaking Point
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Johannesburg -- Zolelwa Sifumba described the daily injection she got to treat tuberculosis as feeling like hot lava being pumped slowly into her body, leaving the young South African doctor with crippling joint pain and incessant nausea. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - October 1, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Second Wave of Covid-19 Infections = New Rules From Govt?
[allAfrica] Cape Town -- Gauteng's Covid-19 infection rate climbed 6% after the easing of Covid-19 restrictions across the country. The increase, which was "noted with concern" by the provincial health department, was attributed to, among other factors, non-adherence to non-pharmaceutical interventions by some members of the public, said the province's Acting Health MEC Jacob Mamabolo. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 30, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Hunger Remains a Crisis in SA, Despite New Survey Numbers
[spotlight] Today marks the release of the second wave of findings from the National Income Dynamics Study: Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (NIDS-CRAM), and while the findings suggest that household hunger has declined by about a quarter since the release of the first wave of findings, this is nothing to celebrate. Hunger remains substantially above pre-COVID levels, which were unacceptable to begin with. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 30, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: How the Covid Fight Has Crippled Efforts to Fight HIV and TB
[Daily Maverick] During the HIV pandemic, doctors were traumatised by the government's indifference towards patients' lack of access to treatment. In the case of Covid-19, some physicians say, they have to cope with the devastating consequences of most of the country's health resources having been allocated to one disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 30, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Concern At 6 Percent Spike in Gauteng Covid-19 Cases
[SAnews.gov.za] The Gauteng Department of Health is concerned about the 6% increase in the number of COVID-19 active cases since the country moved to level 1 of the lockdown. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 30, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: How Social Security Could Make Life Better After Covid-19
[The Conversation Africa] The national state of disaster declared by the South African government on 15 March 2020 was a direct response to COVID-19. But that response inadvertently intensified three other existing disasters: poverty, unemployment and inequality. More South Africans are poor and unemployed now than before the lockdown was imposed. But some people in government and the private sector are richer than before, thanks to tender corruption and price gouging. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 30, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Compensation Fund Covers Workers' Covid-19 Claims
[SAnews.gov.za] The Compensation Fund (CF) has to date received 7 966 COVID-19 claims. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 29, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Mkhize Hails Environmental Health Practitioners Amid Covid-19
[SAnews.gov.za] Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has underscored the importance of environmental health practitioners as the world marks the 9th World Environmental Health Day amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 29, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: 'I Am a Crime Scene'
[New Frame] A woman whose uterus was removed as a minor without her consent has taken the health department to court. She is one of scores who have been forcibly sterilised in state hospitals. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 29, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

South Africa: Dire Conditions At Mthatha General and Nessie Knight Hospitals
[spotlight] The dire state of health infrastructure and services in the Eastern Cape has made headlines during the COVID-19 pandemic and triggered promises of government intervention, but in some hospitals those providing and receiving healthcare note little to no improvement. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 29, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: How Covid-19 Restrictions Forced Marie Stopes to Facilitate Abortions Telephonically
[Daily Maverick] Covid-19 forced many people's jobs online - even for doctors who provide abortions. Read what Marie Stopes learnt when they helped nearly 50 patients terminate pregnancies over the phone. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 29, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

South Africa: How Changing Vaccine Schedules Can Save Costs and Lives
[The Conversation Africa] In 2005, before most low- and middle-income countries started vaccinating children routinely for pneumococcal disease, it caused approximately 1.5 million deaths worldwide annually. About 700,000 to 1 million of these deaths were in children under five years. Pneumococcal disease occurs when Streptococcus pneumoniae invades a normally sterile area of the body, causing meningitis, pneumonia, septicaemia or other disease syndromes. Case fatality rates are very high for septicaemia (>20%) and meningitis (& (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 29, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Covid-19 Stole More Than the Graduation Ceremony
[New Frame] Coronavirus lockdown regulations have denied graduates not only the chance to get into a gown and hat but also the chance to celebrate their success with loved ones and inspire future generations. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 28, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Underpaid and Unprotected - the Case for Supporting Community Health Workers
[spotlight] In July 2020, Community Health Workers (CHWs) staged a protest outside the offices of the Eastern Cape Health Department in Bhisho, calling for their enlistment as full-time employees in the Department of Health. Subsequently, the Eastern Cape MEC for Health, Sindiswa Gomba, stated that the full-time employment of CHWs was 'not a straightforward issue for the province'. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 28, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: We Looked At the Link Between Sexual Violence and Unintended Pregnancy
[The Conversation Africa] Early unintended pregnancy can have negative consequences for adolescent girls and young women. Not only may their health be at risk; so may their education, economic mobility and productivity. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 26, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Is the Worst of Africa's Covid-19 Outbreak Over?
[allAfrica] Cape Town -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently commended South Africa for its declining Covid-19 infection rate, approving the implementation of public health measures to curb the spread of the virus. This, according to WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti, is indicative of a larger trend across the continent. Moeti spoke during an online media briefing to examine the status of the Covid-19 outbreak across the continent. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 25, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa - United Nations Security Council Virtual Summit On "Global Governance and Post Covid-19"
[Govt of SA] Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa on the occasion of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Virtual Summit on "Global Governance and Post COVID-19 (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 25, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Covid-19 and Rural South Africa
[MSF] The media's focus as COVID-19 has washed over the globe has largely concentrated on urban centers, a preoccupation that is justified by the high case numbers in cities. Yet, as the pandemic slows, it is increasingly clear that COVID-19 has not been a solely urban public health phenomenon. In September, photographer Chris Allen and writer Sean Christie documented the experiences, successes and lessons learned in the rural hinterland of South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province, where a community ban (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 25, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Covid-19 Has Posed the 'Wicked Problem' of How to Maintain Internationalisation in Higher Education
[Daily Maverick] International collaboration is a critical aspect of university research and of academic rankings, amplified by the urgency to develop responses to cross-cutting global challenges. Southern African universities must rethink their internationalisation strategies to remain globally competitive and succeed after Covid-19. Key will be interventions that do not require the physical mobility of staff and students. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 25, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: SA Records 667 049 Covid-19 Cases
[SAnews.gov.za] South Africa recorded 1 861 new COVID-19 cases, while 77 more people succumbed to the disease on Thursday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 25, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: South Africa Turns Covid-19 Corner, but Crisis Far From Over
[Nation] Economic necessity having forced South Africa to open up to 'near-normal', 180 days after the country entered a damaging lockdown, Covid-19 infection and death rates appeared to be trending steadily down. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 25, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Case Law Suggests South Africa Must Do More About Disrupted Schooling
[The Conversation Africa] Since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in South Africa, the question of how to manage the country's schools has been top of mind. Schools were closed in March and, as part of a phased approach, began returning from June. The risks associated with the pandemic mean the situation could change at any moment. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 25, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Mkhize Confirms Total of 667 049 Cases of Covid-19
[Govt of SA] As of today, the cumulative number of detected COVID-19 cases is 667 049 with 1 861 cases identified. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 25, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Register now: G-I-N COVID-19 pit stop webinars, featuring Cochrane Editor in Chief and members of the Cochrane community
Next week, the Guidelines International Network (G-I-N), an official Cochrane partner, will hold a series of online panels on guideline development and implementation – a ‘pitstop in the COVID-19 marathon’ for the guideline community.The webinars (which will take place via Zoom) will focus on issues related to evidence synthesis and their impact on health recommendations and guidelines that have achieved much greater attention during the COVID-19 pandemic than perhaps ever before.Several members of the Cochrane community, including Cochrane Editor in Chief, Dr Karla Soares-Weiser, will be participating.&n...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - September 24, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

South Africa: TLC2020 - Design Thinking During a Pandemic
[UCT] If you've signed up for a course at the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Hasso Plattner School of Design Thinking (d-school), then you're familiar with the classroom set-up. White boards line the walls and the conventional in-class seating arrangement has been replaced with high tables and chairs. Teamwork is the norm, and the energy in the room is palpable. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 24, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: SA Records 1 906 New Covid-19 Cases, 88 More Deaths
[SAnews.gov.za] South Africa reported 1 906 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday which brings the total number of people infected with the virus to 665 188 since the outbreak. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 24, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Mkhize Confirms Total of 665 188 Cases of Covid-19
[Govt of SA] As of today, the cumulative number of detected COVID-19 cases is 665 188 with 1 906 cases identified. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 24, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

J & J ’s COVID-19 Vaccine Will Enter Phase 3 Testing, the Fourth To Reach That Stage
Johnson & Johnson announced today (Sept. 23) that it is launching a large-scale Phase 3 test of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, which was developed based on science supported by the National Institutes of Health. The vaccine, being tested through the company’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals arm, will be the fourth to enter late stage studies, following candidates from Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca. Unlike those vaccine candidates, which all require two shots, J&J’s vaccine involves a single injection. That means it could require half the number of doses to immunize the same number of people. J&J...
Source: TIME: Health - September 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson ’ s Coronavirus Vaccine Enters Phase 3 Trial With Beth Israel
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Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Covid-19 Boston, MA Health Healthcare Status Beth Israel Deacones Medical Center Coronavirus Johnson & Johnson Source Type: news

South Africa: Mental Health - Are Medicine Shortages Fuelling a Shadow Epidemic?
[spotlight] In August, almost half of the most commonly used medications to treat mental illness in South Africa were out of stock, and many have been in short supply since March. Now, experts warn that amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the nation could see a "shadow epidemic" of psychiatric illness and it could prove deadly for patients. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 23, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: South African President Warns Pandemic Has Set Back African Development
[UN News] Despite the continent-wide approach taken by African countries to combat COVID-19, the pandemic has set back their development aspirations, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told world leaders at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 23, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson Initiates Pivotal Global Phase 3 Clinical Trial of Janssen ’s COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., September 23, 2020 – Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) (the Company) today announced the launch of its large-scale, pivotal, multi-country Phase 3 trial (ENSEMBLE) for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, JNJ-78436735, being developed by its Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies. The initiation of the ENSEMBLE trial follows positive interim results from the Company’s Phase 1/2a clinical study, which demonstrated that the safety profile and immunogenicity after a single vaccination were supportive of further development. These results have been submitted to medRxiv and are due to be published online i...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - September 23, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Our Company Source Type: news

South Africa: Covid-19 Death Toll Passes 16 000
[SAnews.gov.za] The Covid-19 death toll now stands at over 16 000 after 126 new fatalities were recorded on Tuesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 23, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Mental Healthcare Should Be a Right, Not a Luxury
[Daily Maverick] In a country where therapy is desperately needed, it remains unaffordable for most - and most often for those who need it the most. So what are the options? (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 23, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Trade, Industry and Competition On Resolving Issues of Consumer Protection During Covid-19 Pandemic
[Govt of SA] Government remains committed to consumer protection even during COVID-19 pandemic - DDG Masotja (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 22, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Is the Showdown Between Medical Body Sama and Its Union Proof of an Implosion of the Professions?
[Daily Maverick] The raging legal battle between the South African Medical Association, a non-profit professional association and the administrator of its union, the South African Medical Association Trade Union, leads to the conclusion that there is a soft revolution which South Africa needs - one of humility and honesty. This turbulence may well represent the implosion of professional associations. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 22, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Minister Didiza Still Refuses to Provide List of Covid-19 Beneficiaries
[DA] The Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza, is still refusing to account to Parliament on which farmers received aid from the Covid-19 fund. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 22, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Insanitary Tradition of Fouling Cape Town's Seas
[New Frame] A look at the history of sewage outfalls in the bays around the city shows that residents have been complaining since the first one was completed in 1905. And as now, their concerns were ignored. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 22, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: U.S.$1,6 Million Relief Fund Launched To Help Small Businesses Hard-Hit By Covid-19
[Govt of SA] We are pleased to launch the Western Cape Covid-19 Business Relief Fund which commits R27 million to supporting small businesses in both the formal and informal sectors who have been hard-hit by Covid-19 restrictions. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 22, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Covid-19 and HIV - So Far It Seems the Outcome Is Not What Was Feared
[The Conversation Africa] Based on official figures - which may be somewhat under reported - COVID-19 has not been as devastating in South Africa as initially feared. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 22, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Minister Zweli Mkhize Confirms Total of 661 936 Cases of Coronavirus Covid-19
[Govt of SA] As of today, the cumulative number of detected COVID-19 cases is 661 936 with 725 new cases identified. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 22, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Stop Making Patients Wait Outside, TAC Tells Clinics
[GroundUp] The Treatment Action Campaign visited five clinics in Port Elizabeth on Friday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 21, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Picketers Demand Jail Time for Looters of Covid-19 Funds
[GroundUp] Activists pledge to picket every Friday against looters of Covid-19 funds. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 21, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Namibia: Declining Repo Rate Supports Domestic Activity - Expert
[Namibia Economist] The Bank of Namibia (BoN) and the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) have cut the repo rate several times since both countries announced states of emergency, closed borders and locked down schools and businesses to curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 21, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Child protection and resilience in the face of COVID-19 in South Africa: a rapid review of C-19 legislation - Fouche A, Fouch é DF, Theron LC.
BACKGROUND& PURPOSE: In response to the COVID-19 (C-19) pandemic, the South African government instituted strict lockdown and related legislation. Although this response was well intended, many believed it advanced children's vulnerability to abuse and ne... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Demographic, clinical and social characteristics of forensic patients diagnosed with schizophrenia at the Free State Psychiatric Complex, Bloemfontein, South Africa - Setlaba NNC, Mosotho NL, Joubert G.
Schizophrenia, prevalent in forensic mental health settings, is chronic and devastating, with a generally unfavourable course and prognosis. The aim of this study was to determine the demographic, clinical and social characteristics of forensic patients di... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Young Adults Source Type: news

South Africa: As Covid-19 Numbers Fall, Much Remains Uncertain
[spotlight] In its latest weekly mortality report, the South African Medical Research Council (MRC) estimates that there were around 44 400 excess natural deaths in South Africa since early May. It is not known how many of these deaths were due to COVID-19. Is it 30 000? 40 000? (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 21, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Teachers With Comorbidities Told to Return to School
[Daily Maverick] Teachers working from home because of comorbidities will return to contact teaching as South Africa moves to Alert Level 1 on Monday 21 September. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 21, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: #zimbabweanlivesmatter - Can South Africa Get It Right This Time?
[Africa In Fact] Amid a spiralling economic and political crisis, President Emmerson Mnangagwa addressed the people of Zimbabwe on Tuesday 4 August. His speech, although sudden - four days after his government's violent clampdown on the July 31 citizen protests - was highly anticipated. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 20, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news