Lets look at why manufacturing a key vaccine in South Africa is so important

South Africa has been granted a licence to manufacture one of the world’s most important vaccines. It’s the first time the country will be able to do so since the mid 1990s, and is news that will result in many positive spin-offs for the country.

The hexavalent vaccine Hexaxim is used to vaccinate children against six life-threatening infectious diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (whooping cough), inactivated polio, ………….
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A new partnership works towards new therapeutic solutions for malaria

Malaria afflicts over 200-million people in the developing world each year, and takes an estimated 445,000 lives, mostly young children and pregnant women.

Now, a collaboration between the Merck Global Health Institute, the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), co-funded by MMV and Merck will work towards finding ……….
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Discovery Health teamed up with Uber for flu shots on the go

With winter and the dreaded flu season around the corner, Discovery Health has teamed up with Uber to provide flu shots on-demand.

For one day only, Wednesday 18 April 2018, riders in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth………
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EXCLUSIVE:- North West could run out of medicine within days

North West hospitals and clinics could run out of medicine in just days as a go-slow at its central medicine depot enters its second month, provincial communications Tebogo Lekgethwane has confirmed.

“With the strike, it means nothing is coming into the hospital or clinics”, warns Glenda Muzenda, who manages the Stop Stockouts Project, a civil society coalition that monitors medicine availability in the public sector.
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Gauteng Health Department promises extra vigilance on mental health NGOs

Having learnt lessons from the Life Esidimeni tragedy, the Gauteng Department has taken extraordinary measures to increase the number of audits at mental health non-governmental organisations (NGOs), it said, after issuing 133 licences of compliance for the 2018/19 financial year.
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The Digital era is the way to go for hospitals

To patients, hospitals are regarded as sanctums of healing, but the truth is private sector facilities must also be sustainable businesses.To do so, they need to be and remain competitive by offering better services at a lower cost, especially with the opening of more and more new hospitals, clinics and other private healthcare facilities.
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Study shows that Antibiotic resistance is growing in low- and middle-income countries

Although the threat of antibiotic resistance is well-documented, global use has increased by 39% between 2000 and 2015, especially in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) including South Africa.

A new study by the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP), Princeton University, ETH Zurich and the University ……
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National Health Insurance (NHI):- Where has the money gone?

An additional R4.2bn has been allocated to National Health Insurance (NHI) over the medium term in the latest budget.

The question is what has been done with the money that has already been allocated to the plan and how will the new funds will be used?
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The new ATM pharmacy dispenses in under three minutes

Long queues for public health patients collecting chronic medication could be a thing of the past with the ATM pharmacy which delivers repeat prescriptions in under three minutes.

The first such dispensing unit was launched in Alexandra in Gauteng.

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Judge Dikgang Moseneke on #LifeEsidimeni : ‘Government violated the Constitution’

The arbitration ruling specifies that both Constitutional and general damages have to be paid.

The Gauteng government has been ordered to pay each of the 135 Life Esidimeni claimants R1-million in Constitutional damages……….
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