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Universal Health Coverage: We need an overhaul of current systems

Under the framework of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), South Africa’s (SA) National Health Insurance (NHI) is punted as just about everything – the magic bullet to equity, solving quality woes, and ensuring we have a better health system. The political will and commitment is strong for moving towards the NHI, although it is considered to […]

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Amref Establishes Independent Commission to Review Progress towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Africa

Amref Health Africa has established an independent commission to review the continent’s progress towards achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) targets by 2030. The Africa Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC) Commission on the State of UHC in Africa will, in addition to reviewing the continent’s progress, provide recommendations on leadership, accountability, technology/innovation and health security, to help […]

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Doubts about Covid info

There is concern about the accuracy of Covid-19 statistics because there is no transparency on how the health department and the National Institute of Communicable Diseases arrive at the numbers, with testing data also not revealed. Read full article here:https://www.pressreader.com/south-africa/the-citizen-kzn/20201204/281560883363446

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Graduate doctors in distress

Funding: Money thrown at SAA while health practitioners struggle for posts As Finance Minister Tito Mboweni happily dishes out hundreds of millions of rand to keep poorly managed and corrupt state – owned enterprises in the green – the latest being R10 billion for SA Airways (SAA) – government has been accused of scuppering its […]

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Covid-19 and GBV make a deadly combo

As of Monday, a total of 20 968 people in South Africa had died from Covid-19, while the country has also seen 23 rape-related murders and a total of 274 domestic violence-related murders between April and September. Over the course of the last six months, the Covid-19 pandemic and gender-based violence (GBV) have together claimed […]

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ANOTHER HARD LOCKDOWN ‘UNNECESSARY’ SAYS PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS

Dr Atiya Mosam, a public health medicine specialist, believes SA will not return to a hard lockdown soon but said people’s behaviour has been a real cause for concern. Lenasia South Hospital being renovated in Johannesburg during MEC Bandile Masuku and Minister Zweli Mkhize visited Nasrec as part of monitoring state of readiness as COVID-19 […]

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SECOND COVID-19 WAVE NOT LIKELY TO HAPPEN THIS YEAR, EXPERTS SAY

By Ronald Mpofu JOHANNESBURG – Some health experts have ruled out the Covid-19 “second wave” but have also warned that the focus should be on decisive behavioural change to avoid superspreader events, as positive cases are still on the rise, especially in the Western Cape and in Gauteng. Professor Alex van den Heever, chairperson of […]

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DID SA GET IT RIGHT WHEN TACKLING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC?

As the country prepares for a possible second surge and marks 200 days since the first positive test for Covid-19, medical, economic and scientific experts weigh in on failures and triumphs. SECURITY FORCE ABUSES Professor Salim Abdool Karim The ministerial advisory committee chair said he was “deeply disappointed” at the behaviour of security forces tasked […]

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