Africa: Makhulu Media Shoots Pioneering VR Film to Get Health Clinic Workers and Young People Wanting an HIV Test to 'Step Into Each Other's Shoes'
[Balancing Act] London -Virtual Reality (VR) is still a bit of a technology in search of a role. But South Africa film production company Makhulu Media have used it to craft a very specific solution to a problem. Russell Southwood talks to Rowan Pybus, Makhulu Media about how it approached both filming and distribution. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 19, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Amakhosi to Help Fight TB Infections
[SAnews.gov.za] Government's efforts to halt the spread of Tuberculosis will receive a major shot in the arm in the form of support by Amakhosi, TB Ambassadors and Community Health Workers. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 18, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Gives Update On Foot and Mouth Disease On 14 March 2019
[Govt of SA] On 07 January this year the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries confirmed and reported an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the high surveillance area of the foot and mouth disease free zone in Limpopo, adjacent to the protection zone. Subsequently, South Africa lost its World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) recognised foot and mouth disease free zone without vaccination status. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 18, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: How South Africa Can Improve Community-Based HIV Services
[The Conversation Africa] South Africa introduced a community-based primary health care programme in 2012. The aim of the programme, which includes a large HIV component, is to improve access to health care. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 17, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Food-insecure pregnant women in South Africa: a cross-sectional exploration of maternal depression as a mediator of violence and trauma risk factors - Barnett W, Pellowski J, Kuo C, Koen N, Donald KA, Zar HJ, Stein DJ.
OBJECTIVES: Better understanding of psychosocial risk factors for food insecurity (FI) during pregnancy and how they interact is crucial, given long-term health implications for maternal and child health. We investigated the association between maternal ch... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Social Etiologies and Disparities Source Type: news

Evaluating a South African mobile application for healthcare professionals to improve diagnosis and notification of pesticide poisonings - Kabanda S, Rother HA.
BACKGROUND: Mobile health is a fast-developing field. The use of mobile health applications by healthcare professionals (HCPs) globally has increased considerably. While several studies in high income countries have investigated the use of mobile applicati... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

South Africa: Quack Claims About Oxygen Treatment Are Dangerous
[GroundUp] If you go scuba-diving and come up to the surface too fast, you might need Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. But, experts warn, it can't treat cancer, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, autism, or arthritis, as some quack outfits are claiming. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 15, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Health On First World Middle Ear Transplant Done At Steve Biko Academic Hospital
[Govt of SA] A pioneering surgical procedure using 3D-printed middle ear bones, developed by Professor Mashudu Tshifularo and his team at the University of Pretoria (UP) Faculty of Health, may be the answer to conductive hearing loss, a middle ear problem caused by congenital birth defects, infection, trauma or metabolic diseases. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 15, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Surgeon Performs World First 3D-Printed Middle-Ear Bones Surgery
[This is Africa] Professor Mashudu Tshifularo has conducted the world's first surgical process using 3D-printed middle-ear bones. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 15, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Medical Emergency Caused Paris-Bound Plane to Return to Joburg - Air France
[News24Wire] A medical emergency was the reason behind the return of an Air France plane, which was bound for Paris, to Johannesburg, the airline said on Wednesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 14, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Steve Biko Hospital Conducts World's First Ever Middle Ear Transplant
[News24Wire] The Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Tshwane has successfully completed the world's first ever middle ear transplant, using 3D-printed middle ear bones. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 14, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Gauteng Health Hard At Work to Address Surgical Backlog
[SAnews.gov.za] In a bid to address surgical backlogs, Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa has sent a letter of request to facilitate a handover of the site where Soshanguve District Hospital will be built. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 14, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Silicosis Class Action - the Names in Paragraph Seven
[Daily Maverick] SECTION27 and their publication Spotlight were planning another exhibition of the Price of Gold portraits as part of the human rights festival at Constitutional Hill, Johannesburg at the end of March 2019. As I prepared the portraits for printing I requested from one of the legal firms an update on the miners that I had photographed. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 14, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Accelerating advances for HIV-positive Youth in Eastern Cape, South Africa
(University of the Witwatersrand) Lucie Cluver, Professor of Child and Family Social Work in Oxford's Department of Social Policy and Intervention, is the principal investigator and lead author with Mark Orkin, Visiting Professor in the Developmental Pathways to Health Research Unit (DPHRU) in the Department of Paediatrics& Child Health, School of Clinical Medicine at Wits University. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - March 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Government, Amakhosi to Launch TB Campaign
[SAnews.gov.za] Government will on Friday launch the TB Prevention Campaign with Amakhosi and TB Ambassadors. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - March 12, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Salt Is Bad for You - but How It Affects Your Body Is Still Frontier Science
[The Conversation Africa] Research has shown that excess salt intake is harmful to people's health. It can lead to high blood pressure and increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 12, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Post-mortem toxicology in violent fatalities in Cape Town, South Africa: a preliminary investigation - Auckloo MBKM, Davies BB.
BACKGROUND: In South Africa, violence-related injury and mortality contributes highly to the nation's burden of injury. Drug abuse, which is also reported to be rife across the county, has been associated with violence, resulting injury, and death. While p... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

South Africa: Children Are Dying in Pain Because They Cannot Get the Medicines They Need
[GroundUp] Government has not implemented its palliative care plan (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 11, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: 'I Thought I'd Breastfeed My Baby for a Year. That Dream Was Short-Lived'
[Bhekisisa] We tell moms to exclusively breastfeed. But we don't tell them about all the things that get in the way of that, including depression. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - March 11, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Africa: South Africa Bids to Regain WHO Polio-Free Certification
[Daily Maverick] South Africa is part of a 'pariah' group of countries that are not certified polio-free, thanks to weaknesses in our surveillance and vaccination programme. The Department of Health is determined to win back its certificate in April, and it launched an immunisation survey last week to check on the nation's vaccination rate. But we should never have lost the certificate in the first place. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - March 11, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Lab in South African "Township" to Sample TB from Breathed Air
A new facility located in a congested community with high tuberculosis rates brings basic science and cutting edge techniques into the heart of disease circulation. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - March 8, 2019 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

South Africa: Don't Be a Litter Bug
[SAnews.gov.za] Daisy Ngedle has captured the hearts and collective attention of the nation with her letter to the President. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 8, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Eastern Cape Health Improves Payment and Conditions of Service for Community Health Workers
[Govt of SA] Eastern Cape Department of Health is spending millions of rands in improving payment and conditions of service for over five thousand community health workers in the province. The expenditure forms part of implementing the Public Health and Social Development Sectoral Bargaining Council (PHSDSBC) Resolution on standardization of remuneration for community health workers in the department. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 8, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Local Solutions Can Boost Healthier Food Choices
[The Conversation Africa] The crisis in health triggered by cheap food that's high in fat and sugar is now well documented. Obesity related diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes are rapidly overtaking HIV as the top causes of death in South Africa. A bad diet is a major contributor to this epidemic because people increasingly opt for unhealthier, processed and fast foods. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 8, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Monthly Shots of HIV Drugs Are as Effective as Daily Pills, 2 Big Studies Show
SEATTLE (AP) — Monthly shots of HIV drugs worked as well as daily pills to control the virus that causes AIDS in two large international tests, researchers reported Thursday. If approved by regulators in the United States and Europe, the shots would be a new option for people with HIV and could help some stay on treatment. Instead of having to remember to take pills, patients instead could get injections from a doctor or nurse each month. “Some people will be thrilled” at the convenience, said Mitchell Warren, executive director of AVAC, an AIDS advocacy group. Condoms remain the most widely available and...
Source: TIME: Health - March 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CARLA K. JOHNSON / AP Tags: Uncategorized AIDS/HIV anti hiv drugs onetime Source Type: news

South Africa: Concerns Over Incomplete FS Drug Treatment Centre
[SAnews.gov.za] The Portfolio Committee on Social Development wants to have a meeting with the National Treasury and the Department of Public Works for clarity and reasons for the non-completion of the construction of a drug treatment centre in the Free State. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 7, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Limpopo Air Ambulance Service Grounded After Dodgy Contract
[Daily Maverick] Two doctors, who run a small-scale ambulance service in Louis Trichardt (Makhado) in Limpopo with no aeromedical experience, landed a lucrative air ambulance contract with the provincial health department which has already paid out close to R3-million in four months. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 7, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: When Climate & Health Collide
[Bhekisisa] The health department is bracing itself for a perfect storm when climate change and our over-stretched health system collide. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 7, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Are Foreigners Really Entitled to Free Healthcare in South Africa?
[Bhekisisa] Recent national and Gauteng memos demanding all foreign patients pay in full for services likely fell foul of the law. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 7, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Community Health Workers Blockade Gauteng Department of Health
[GroundUp] On Tuesday, Gauteng community health care workers blocked entrances to the Department of Health building on Thabo Sehume Street in Tshwane. They barricaded the main gate with stones and branches of trees. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 6, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: SIU, Eastern Cape Health Interdict R39 Million in Alleged Fraudulent Payments to Advocate
[News24Wire] The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and the Eastern Cape health department have successfully interdicted and stopped two payments of R26m and R13m to an attorney from Nonxuba Inc. Attorneys, who was recently arrested and charged with fraudulent medico-legal claims exceeding R90m. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 6, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: R300 Million Set Aside for Life Esidimeni Claimants in Gauteng Budget
[News24Wire] A massive R300m has been set aside for families affected by the Life Esidimeni tragedy who pass a verification process by the Master of the High Court. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 5, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: How Village Health Workers Are Turning the Tide on HIV
[MSF] Every November, nearly 30,000 cyclists hit the streets of Johannesburg in the world's second largest cycle challenge on a demanding 94, 7 kilometre route. The event raises funds to support charity organisations in South Africa, motivating many cyclists to go the distance in demonstrating their determination to help people in need. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 5, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: The Right to Food in South Africa - We Need a Manifesto for Food Justice
[Daily Maverick] If the main purpose of government is to provide for the common security of its citizens, surely ensuring the security of the food system must be among its paramount duties. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 5, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Could This Drug One Day Come Out of the Club and Onto Your Therapist's Couch?
[Bhekisisa] Ecstasy users are more empathetic than those who take other drugs - even when not on it. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 5, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: HPTN 071 Demonstrates Community-Wide HIV Prevention Strategy Can Reduce New Infections
[HPTN] Durham, NC -Researchers today presented results from the HPTN 071 (PopART) study at the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle. The study examined the impact of a package of HIV prevention interventions on community-level HIV incidence in urban and peri-urban communities in Zambia and South Africa. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 5, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Can legal remedy be used to address bullying and cyberbullying in South African schools? - Reyneke M, Jacobs L.
Bullying is part of the reality of teachers and learners all over the world. While other forms of bullying are limited to the time when learners interact face-to-face, cyber- bullying follows learners via their electronic devices wherever they go. Bullying... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Unsung Hero: Anny
My name is Anny Tenga Modi. I’m 37 and I have an 18-year old daughter. I became an orphan when I was 13. I run an organisation called AFIA MAMA. I’m a feminist activist campaigning for women and children’s rights, particularly regarding issues of leadership and participation. I’ve been living in Kinshasa for four years now. I came back to DRC from South Africa where I spent over 10 years as a refugee. I was my father’s princess. He was in politics. He died when I turned 13. It was one year before the genocide and two before the first so-called war of liberation. As an orphan, I was displa...
Source: Doctors of the World News - March 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

South Africa: Gauteng Health in Search of 16 Life Esidimeni Patients
[SAnews.gov.za] The Gauteng Health Department has traced five more Life Esidimeni patients, bringing down the number of unaccounted patients to 16. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 4, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Gauteng Health Dept Employee Found Dead in Office
[News24Wire] An employee of the Gauteng Health Department in the Tshwane district has been found dead in his office. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 4, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Several Missing Life Esidimeni Patients Traced, 16 Still Unaccounted for
[News24Wire] At least five Life Esidimeni patients have been located, while 16 others are still unaccounted for. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 4, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Momo Challenge Has All the Hallmarks of a Hoax
[Africa Check] South Africa's Film and Publication Board has warned parents to be "vigilant and closely monitor their children's online activities" after claims that a dangerous cellphone app has reached the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 1, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The concentration of urban crime in space by race: evidence from South Africa - Breetzke GD.
Crime inequality in neighborhoods by race is blamed on social inequalities borne out of segregation and economic discrimination. South Africa is a country synonymous with racial-spatial segregation and discrimination as a result of legislatively enforced p... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

The Misconceptions of Contraception
Condom use is low among youth aged 15-19. Credit: M.Sayagues/IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Mar 1 2019 (IPS)In light of rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancies, governments are exploring ways to tackle taboos around condoms.In a new study, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) reviews the availability and accessibility of condoms, hoping to dismantle potentially harmful misconceptions. “Many countries want to implement [CAP], but they are very anxious because they will be asked where the evidence is,” UNFPA’s senior HIV prevention advisor Bidia Deperthes told IPS.&l...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Education Featured Gender Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Private Healthcare Loses More Than R22-Billion a Year to Fraud, Waste
[Bhekisisa] The Special Investigating Unit says it is actively targeting healthcare fraudsters. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 1, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: This Popular Birth Control Shot Is Out of Stock for the Second Year Running. Read Why
[Bhekisisa] Women who have been forced to go without their usual birth control shot are now facing the consequences of months-long shortages. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - March 1, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

South Africa: 500 Families Wait for Drains to Be Emptied
[GroundUp] Residents of Imbali in Pietermaritzburg say their drains have not been pumped out by the municipality since 2017. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 1, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Course of perinatal depressive symptoms among South African women: associations with child outcomes at 18 and 36  months - Garman EC, Cois A, Tomlinson M, Rotheram-Borus MJ, Lund C.
PURPOSE: Latent modelling was used to identify trajectories of depressive symptoms among low-income perinatal women in South Africa. Predictors of trajectories and the association of trajectories with child outcomes were assessed. METHODS: This is ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

South Africa: SA's First Multimedia Centre to Help Children With Dyslexia
[SAnews.gov.za] Soweto is the home of the first ever - multimedia centre for children with dyslexia in South Africa. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 28, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Africa Poised to Tackle Hygiene and Sanitation
[allAfrica] Cape Town -The 2019 African Conference on Sanitation took place at in Cape Town, South Africa, from February 20 to 22 Up for discussion? The role of local authorities as key actors in aiding the continent achieve its goal of Sanitation for All by 2030. allAfrica's Michael Tantoh was there and spoke with several key actors... (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 28, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news