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South Africa:Manamela Admits to Errors During Transfer of Life Esidimeni Patients
[News24Wire] Suspended Gauteng director of mental health Dr Makgabo Manamela has conceded that she handed a licence to a non-compliant facility to care for mentally ill patients. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 24, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:'Why Did You Chuck Patients Out?' - Manamela Grilled At Hearing
[News24Wire] Suspended Gauteng director of mental health Dr Makgabo Manamela went head to head with Justice Dikgang Moseneke during her second day of testimony at the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearing. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 23, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Anniversary of first ever heart transplant is next week
Images from 'Christiaan Barnard: The Surgeon Who Dared' by David Cooper show the South African ground-breaking surgeon hard at work in the operating theatre doing open-heart surgery. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Story of the surgeon who did the first heart transplant
Images from 'Christiaan Barnard: The Surgeon Who Dared' by David Cooper show the South African ground-breaking surgeon hard at work in the operating theatre doing open-heart surgery. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gold mining firms set aside $360 million for South Africa silicosis law suit
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Six gold mining firms, including Anglo American, have made a 5 billion rand ($361 million) provision to settle a class action law suit with thousands of miners who contracted fatal lung diseases while working in South African mines, an industry document said on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

South Africa:#SizaMap - Find a Safe, Legal Abortion Near You With This List of Designated Providers
[Bhekisisa] Until now, the national and provincial health departments have not been able to say where services are provided. Here's how we found them. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - November 22, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

South Africa:Commission Hears of Severe Problems in Mental Health Care
[Daily Maverick] Problems in mental health were brought into sharp focus during the Esidimeni tragedy. Twenty-three years after democracy, provinces still fail mental health care users in provinces around the country. By PUSELETSO NTHATE. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 22, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Life Esidimeni - Dr Makgabo Manamela's Absence From Arbitration Upsets Victim's Mother On Her Late Son's Birthday
[Daily Maverick] Sizwe Thabang Hlatshwayo would have turned 30 on Tuesday but died at the Anchor NGO after being transferred from Life Esidimeni. In a day defined by suspended Gauteng mental health director Dr Makgabo Manamela's no-show at the arbitration, Sizwe's stepmother Jabulile Hlatshwayo broke down when her son's birthday was noted. She spoke to GREG NICOLSON about Swize's life, and her pain. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 22, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Felling pines: Doing it sooner rather than later is better for fynbos
(Stellenbosch University) Here's some advice for landowners wanting to remove pine trees in the hope of seeing fynbos plants on their properties again: do so before the trees have grown there for more than 30 years. The longer they wait, the less likely the chances that any fynbos seeds will be left in the soil to sprout successfully, according to researchers from Stellenbosch University and the City of Cape Town, in the South African Journal of Botany. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 22, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

South Africa:Life Esidimeni - Manamela Threatened With Arrest After No-Show
[News24Wire] A warrant of arrest will be issued and executed against suspended Gauteng director of mental health Makgabo Manamela should she not appear on Thursday before the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearing. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 21, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Manamela Dodges Life Esidimeni Hearing
[Daily Maverick] Suspended Gauteng mental health director Dr Makgabo Manamela called in sick instead of returning to the Life Esidimeni arbitration on Tuesday. It was another blow to the families of the 143 patients who died. By GREG NICOLSON. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 21, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Feature Review: What factors influence the provision of care by skilled birth attendants in low- and middle-income countries?
New Cochrane evidence synthesis highlights the many factors that influence the care provided by skilled birth attendantsIn low- and middle-income countries, many mothers still die during childbirth. Women are encouraged to give birth in health facilities rather than at home so they can receive care from skilled birth attendants. A skilled birth attendant is a health worker such as a midwife, doctor, or nurse who is trained to manage a normal pregnancy and childbirth, and refer the mother and newborn when complications arise.A team of Cochrane authors based in Norway, South Africa,and Uganda worked withCochrane Effective Pr...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - November 21, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

South Africa:#lifeesidimeni - Health Official Approaches Court to Avoid Testifying At Arbitration
[Bhekisisa] Members of a South African Police Services task team are expected to interview suspended head of health today as criminal investigations continue. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 21, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Second HIV test helps prevent incorrect HIV diagnosis in infants
(PLOS) Confirmatory HIV testing can substantially reduce the number of infants in South Africa who may be falsely diagnosed as HIV-infected and started on unneeded treatment, according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine by Lorna Dunning of the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and colleagues. Confirmatory testing is recommended by the World Health Organization and South African guidelines, but in many settings, uptake is low. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 21, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa:Life Esidimeni - Manamela's Late Application for Postponement Dismissed
[News24Wire] Justice Dikgang Moseneke has dismissed an application by Gauteng Director of Mental Health Dr Mmakgabo Manamela for a four-week postponement in giving testimony on her role in a rushed move of over 3 000 mentally ill patients from Life Esidimeni to various unlicensed NGOs in 2016. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 20, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Additional Budget to Strengthen Gauteng Health
[SAnews.gov.za] The Gauteng Department of Health says the additional budget allocation to the department will help alleviate the urgent financial pressures faced by the department. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 20, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Eskom Brings Healthcare Closer to N Cape Communities
[SAnews.gov.za] Eskom's Development Foundation has brought healthcare within reach for communities in the Northern Cape through two health minibuses. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 20, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Thinking big by burning small
(University of the Witwatersrand) A recent paper by scientists from Wits University in South Africa shows how creative fire management can increase habitat for wildebeest and other grazing animals in national parks. The work shows that small, repeated fires can have a concentrating effect on animals, and create 'grazing-lawn ecosystems' where food quality is higher and herbivores can see predators from further away. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Afriforum's Private Prosecution Plan Under Way With Jiba in Sights
[Daily Maverick] When AfriForum announced that it was setting up a private prosecutions unit to take on cases that the state declined to prosecute, there was much scepticism. There still is - but there's no doubt that the group is really going for it. On Thursday, AfriForum revealed that the latest target in its sights is former acting NPA head Nomgcobo Jiba, less than a month after stating that President Zuma's son Duduzane is being pursued. Whether these attempts are successful or not, the fact that it's come to this is (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 17, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Are South African Health Workers Being Silenced Into Malpractice?
[Daily Maverick] "There is really no such thing as the 'voiceless'. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard." The words of Arundhati Roy, a writer turned human rights activist, rang particularly true through the course of the Life Esidimeni saga. The 118 deceased residents who have now risen to 141 were the preferably unheard - their cries for help through pressure sores and other unaccounted wounds, signs of starvation and dehydration, all fell on deaf ears. However, it is only in retrospect we (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 17, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:'They Made Me Feel Like a Murderer' - Stigma Endangers Women Seeking Legal Abortions
[Bhekisisa] Bontle Mabe turned to a loan shark to fund her abortion after she was turned away for five days in a row at her local clinic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 17, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Why Expanding Access to Contraception - and Abortions - Is a 'Best Buy'
[Bhekisisa] Draft guidelines will look to balance a doctor or nurse's right recuse themselves from performing abortions with a person's right to choose. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 17, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Families Given a Chance to Identify M1 Bodies
[SAnews.gov.za] Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa has instructed that the burial process of the bodies involved in the M1 South incident be stalled for seven days. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 17, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Patients Given Same Treatment, Despite Different Mental Conditions
[News24Wire] Despite having different diagnoses, former Life Esidimeni patients were all given the same medical treatment and minimal food at one facility, the arbitration hearing has heard on Thursday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 17, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:KwaZulu-Natal Gets First Black Woman Neurosurgeon
[News24Wire] Dr Nomusa Shezi knew as early as Grade 3 that she wanted to be a doctor: she remembers writing in an English essay as a little girl that she wanted to be the first person to find a cure for HIV/Aids. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 17, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Vital Eastern Cape Clinic Has Only One Doctor Twice a Month
[GroundUp] Close to eight villages in Nxarhuni outside Mdantsane in East London depend on Newlands clinic. But the clinic has only one doctor who comes twice a month. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 16, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Orcas vs great white sharks: in a battle of the apex predators who wins?
It ’s difficult to imagine the voracious and predatory great white shark as prey. Could orcas really be overpowering them and removing their livers?The great white shark,Carcharodon carcharias, is considered the most voracious apex predator in temperate marine ecosystems worldwide, playing a key role in controlling ecosystem dynamics.As a result, it is difficult to imagine a great white as prey. And yet, earlier this year the carcasses of five great whites washed ashore along South Africa ’s Western Cape province. Ranging in size from 2.7 metres (9ft) to 4.9 metres (16ft), the two females and three males all ha...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 16, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Lauren Smith Tags: Science Sharks Whales Animals Cetaceans Marine life Wildlife Environment Source Type: news

South Africa:Bodies, Bodies Everywhere - Gauteng Health Needs Help
[Daily Maverick] The Gauteng health department is in perpetual crisis, as eyes turn to finance MEC Barbara Creecy's Thursday medium-term budget policy statement for hope. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 16, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Southern Africa:Southern Africa Is Slipping Again After Coming Close to Eliminating Malaria
[The Conversation Africa] In the last five years, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Swaziland have all been on the verge of eliminating malaria. In fact, progress had been so good that the southern African region had been tipped to be malaria free by 2018. But a spike in cases this year means that it's unlikely to meet the target. A new target has been set for 2020. The Conversation Africa's Health and Medicine editor Candice Bailey asked Professor Rajendra Maharaj to explain why. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 16, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Mentally Ill Patients Received Compromised Healthcare - Assessor
[News24Wire] A quality assurance assessor and deputy nursing manager at an NGO has admitted that she, along with others, compromised the quality of the healthcare provided to mentally ill patients by taking on more patients than they could handle. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 16, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Loophole May Protect Organisations From U.S. Abortion Gag Rule
[Bhekisisa] Experts say confusion over the rights of local healthcare workers to provide the service while receiving US funds only benefits Trump administration. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - November 16, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Scientists win UN data prize for monitoring threats to South African biodiversity hotspot
(University at Buffalo) The team created a digital tool that maps and analyzes vegetation in the fynbos, a belt of ecologically important shrubland in the Cape Floristic Region. The system can detect abnormal changes in fynbos plant life. Similar tools could be useful for monitoring ecosystems such as those in the Mediterranean Basin, California or South Western Australia. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 16, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Africa:Is SA 'Among the Top Six in the World' for Nuclear Medicine Ingredients?
[Africa Check] South Africa's third energy minister for 2017 has high praise for the country's nuclear capabilities. Here's what we know about South Africa's contribution to nuclear medicine. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 15, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Taking in More Patients 'Was an Order and There Is Nothing We Can Do'
[News24Wire] The deputy manager in the nursing department at the Cullinan Care and Rehabilitation Centre (CCRC) on Tuesday testified how they were forced to obey orders from top officials and take in more patients from Life Esidimeni than they initially agreed to. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 15, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Esidimeni Arbitration Finally Putting Pressure On the State Culprits
[Daily Maverick] The Life Esidimeni arbitration has revealed brutal accounts of how relatives of patients suffered at their loved ones' deaths. Finally, they can look forward to seeing the key architects of the fatal move cross-examined. By GREG NICOLSON. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 15, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:SA Health Sector Undergoes Digital Makeover
[CAJ News] Johannesburg -THE nationwide integration of web and mobile applications is the next step towards a digital lab in South Africa. Lancet Laboratories, one of Africa's leading pathology labs, has partnered with medical form-filling app LogBox to introduce the paperless patient intake at its sites across the country. An important step towards Lancet's vision of improved customer experience through technology, LogBox enables a 'digital lab' that benefits patients and laboratory staff. By eliminating paper forms, the intake p (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 15, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Sheriff Seizes More Furniture, Equipment From Gauteng Health Department
[News24Wire] The Gauteng health department has had more of its furniture seized to settle debts owed to companies, the DA said on Tuesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 15, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Scientists team up on study to save endangered African penguins
(Florida Atlantic University) A first-of-its-kind study on prognostic health indicators in the endangered African penguin provides invaluable information to preserve and rehabilitate this seabird. Competition with fisheries, oil spills, climate change, diseases and predators are all contributing factors in their dramatic population decline, which has been as high as 80 percent in some South African colonies. Until now, limited data existed on the factors contributing to their successful rehabilitation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 15, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

The Humanity behind Frontline Health Care
November 14, 2017The job is difficult, frustrating, risky —and immensely rewarding. TheFourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Healthbegan with six powerful accounts from the front lines of health care.Please don ’t rape me. Please don’t rape me. Please don’t rape me.This is what was going through Rushaana Gallow ’s mind in 2015 when one of the men who had climbed into her ambulance to rob it put his hand inside her shirt. She and another emergency medical technician had been prepping to take on a patient who was having chest pains in one of Cape Town, South Africa’s “red zones&...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

South Africa:South African Human Rights Commission Hosts National Investigative Hearing On Status of Mental Health Care in South Africa, 14 Nov
[Govt of SA] The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission or SAHRC) will host a National Investigative Hearing on the Status of Mental Health Care in South Africa, on Tuesday, 14 November 2017 until Wednesday, 15 November 2017 at the SAHRC Head Office in Johannesburg. In handing down his report into the Esidimeni debacle, the Health Ombud, Professor Malegapuru Makgoba, recommended that the Commission be requested to undertake, nationally, a systematic and systemic review of human rights compliance and poss (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 14, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo Unveils Stronger Strategy Against Cancer
[Govt of SA] KZN Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo has unveiled a new Government policy which will save many lives and enhance the early detection of breast and cervical cancer, improving the rate of treatment and cure. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 14, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Financial Worries May Massively Raise Heart Attack Risk
[Guardian] New research due to be presented at the 18th Annual Congress of the South African Heart Association shows that financial stress may increase the risk of a heart attack by 13-fold, and work stress by almost six times. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 14, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Securing a Place for Next Generation of Doctors
[Bhekisisa] We are launching new medical schools but will we have places for their new graduates? (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 14, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Gauteng Health On Centralised Chronic Medicines Dispensing and Distribution Programme
[Govt of SA] More than 40 000 patients receive their chronic medication closer to their homes or places of work on a monthly basis. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 14, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Collect Your Medication On Time
[SAnews.gov.za] Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa says despite reminders sent to patients' phones, more than 6 000 medication parcels are falling through the cracks as patients fail to collect them on time. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 14, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The Recommended Dose: Episode 4 with Jimmy Volmink
EPISODE 4: PROFESSOR JIMMY VOLMINKProfessor of Epidemiology, Dean of Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University, South Africa& Founding Director of Cochrane South AfricaProfessor Jimmy Volmink joins Ray to trace an extraordinary personal and professional journey that defied the odds. From his childhood with little educational opportunity in apartheid South Africa to a stellar international research career, he shares the critical moments, chance meetings and inspiring influences that have shaped his life and work.  Jimmy's journey reflects the incredible social, political and human rights struggles of ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - November 13, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

South Africa:Bread Tax - Healthier Brown Bread Could Cost 14 Percent More Next Year
[Daily Maverick] Consumers can expect to pay more for whole-wheat bread if proposed changes to the Tax Law Amendment Act are adopted. It's the latest item to be targeted for taxing. But is government simply going after "soft targets" rather than dealing with bigger issues of corruption? By NKATEKO MABASO. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 13, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Health at a Glance 2017
Report presents the most recent comparable data on the health status of populations and health system performance in OECD countries. Where possible, it also reports data for partner countries (Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Lithuania, Russian Federation and South Africa). The data presented in this publication come from official national statistics.(Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

South Africa:'I Need No Subpoena', Says Qedani Mahlangu On Life Esidimeni Hearing
[News24Wire] Former MEC for health Qedani Mahlangu has dismissed reports suggesting that she refused to appear before the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearing. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 10, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Health Care Workers Fight for Recognition By Department
[GroundUp] "When I die, my children get nothing after so many years of working. I get nothing even when I retire; not even UIF" (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 10, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news