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Can precision health transform primary care? Look to Stanford's Humanwide pilot.
Can precision health transform primary care? Look to Stanford's Humanwide pilot.

I talk to a lot of different audiences about the idea of precision health-creating healthcare that's technology- and data-driven, highly personalised, and focused on predicting and preventing disease before it strikes....

By Lloyd Minor 3 days ago

Health workers burying a child who died of Ebola in the DRC’s North Kivu province. Hugh Kinsella Cunningham/EPA
Radical ideas are needed to break the DRC's Ebola outbreak. Here are some

The Ebola virus is again terrorising an African nation. The current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continues to spread after it first appeared 10 months ago...

By Mosoka Fallah 3 days ago

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4 new WHO goodwill ambassadors appointed

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Cynthia Germanotta, Alisson Becker and Dr Natália Loewe Becker have been appointed goodwill ambassadors of the World Health Organisation to champion global health...

21 May 2019

Getting South Africans to buy into the next big thing in medicine
Getting South Africans to buy into the next big thing in medicine

South Africa has introduced the world's first medicine-dispensing ATMs but only a fourth of patients who could be using them actually are...

By Nelisiwe Msomi 17 May 2019

Sapics 2019 puts the spotlight on healthcare supply chain challenges
Sapics 2019 puts the spotlight on healthcare supply chain challenges

"In a world in which around 1 billion people have little to no access to healthcare and 6.3 million children die each year primarily from preventable diseases, it is critical that the supply chain community shares lessons and know-how that can help to increase access to quality healthcare, especially at the last mile...."

10 May 2019

Comprehensive overview of medical malpractice insurance in SA
Comprehensive overview of medical malpractice insurance in SA

A comprehensive overview of medical malpractice insurance in SA has now been published by Natmed under the title Understanding Medical Malpractice Insurance in South Africa...

By Donald Dinnie 3 May 2019

A University of Cape Town medical student doing yoga for a project that draws on ideas from medical and health humanities. Third Year Yoga SSM
New ways of thinking on health, arts and humanities are emerging in Africa

Imagine bringing the best of all academic disciplines, artistic creations, activist experience and healthcare knowledge to bear on understanding and addressing current healthcare concerns...

By Carla Tsampiras & Nolwazi Mkhwanazi 3 May 2019

A South African study found that most doctors and nurses prescribed antibiotics for a viral infection even when patients discouraged them from doing so. Photo via Flickr by Chilanga Cement (CC BY 2.0)
UN report warns of disastrous consequences of antibiotic resistance

A century of medical progress is threatened by worldwide antimicrobial resistance. This is according to a new report released by the United Nation's Interagency Coordinating Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (IACG)...

30 Apr 2019

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Vaccine drone delivery service takes off in Ghana

A medical drone network for on-demand, emergency deliveries of high priority products including emergency and routine vaccines has been expanded into Ghana...

29 Apr 2019

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Barcoding the healthcare world

In our daily lives we hardly give the barcode a second thought. We only really come across it when we're shopping and even then, it's merely a bunch of lines and spaces that helps us process the transaction and buy an item...

By Neil Gouveia 26 Apr 2019

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South Africa, a medical tourism destination not fully realised

Of the 9.5 million foreign visitors to South Africa in 2008, an estimated 4.3% were medical tourists and in 2015, foreign spending on medical care in South Africa was valued at R961m...

23 Apr 2019

Human milk banks collect, pasteurise, test, store, and distribute donated breastmilk. NataBU/Shutterstock
Kenyan hospital opens human milk bank - a rarity in sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya's first human milk bank has opened at Pumwani Maternity Hospital. Moina Spooner, from The Conversation Africa, spoke to the team spearheading APHRC's research efforts in the establishment of Kenya's first milk bank....

By Elizabeth Kimani-Murage 23 Apr 2019

Cholera vaccines have been given to people in Beira after an outbreak following Cyclone Idai. EPA-EFE/Celeste Mac-Arthur
Southern African countries won't manage disasters unless they work together

Cyclone Idai, which recently devastated Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, was one of the worst natural disasters to hit the southern African region...

By Chris Changwe 18 Apr 2019

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Irish study: Why fewer female medical students choose surgery

Just 6.9% of female students say they never felt intimidated during their surgical training, compare to 15.8% of their male counterparts...

18 Apr 2019

Health professionals must work effectively in a team. Shutterstock
Collaboration and teamwork could improve South Africa's health system

South Africa's public health system has many shortcomings. There aren't enough to serve the 84% of patients who rely on the public sector...

17 Apr 2019

A woman receiving an oral cholera vaccine in Beira, Mozambique. Celeste Mac-Arthur
Cyclone Idai is over - but its health effects will be felt for a long time

People in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe have started trying to rebuild their lives after the devastation wrought by Cyclone Idai...

By Kerrigan McCarthy & Lucille Blumberg 15 Apr 2019

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Austerity is hurting rural health, says report

Rural communities in South Africa, which make up 40% of the population, face immense difficulties in accessing adequate healthcare...

By Kimberly Mutandiro & Kristine Liao 12 Apr 2019

World Bank unveils plan to strengthen human capital in Africa
World Bank unveils plan to strengthen human capital in Africa

The World Bank has launched its Africa Human Capital Plan, a new plan to help African countries strengthen their human capital by enabling the continent's young people to grow up with optimal health and equipped with the right skills to compete in the digitising global economy...

12 Apr 2019

Home visit trials strongly encouraged spouses to get involved. Anne Cockroft
Nigerian trial shows how universal home visits can help reduce maternal risks

Nigerian women are at high risk of death related to pregnancy and child birth. Accurate figures are hard to come by, but the WHO estimates there are more than 800 maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births in Nigeria...

By Anne Cockcroft & Neil Andersson 11 Apr 2019

Can vaccines help fight the rise of drug-resistant microbes?
Can vaccines help fight the rise of drug-resistant microbes?

Some of the most important medications doctors have at their disposal have been rendered ineffective by parasites, viruses, and bacteria that have evolved resistance against them, and the problem is poised to get worse....

By Chris Sweeney 10 Apr 2019

Why fixing primary healthcare is crucial to making South Africa healthier
Why fixing primary healthcare is crucial to making South Africa healthier

By some measures - healthy life expectancy, obesity and depression, among others - South Africa is the unhealthiest country on earth. That's a sobering fact to consider. How has the country got here?

By Bob Mash 10 Apr 2019

Festival of Learning: highlighting 'Education for Social Change'
Festival of Learning: highlighting 'Education for Social Change'

Education, whether formal or informal learning, is the key driver of the social change we would all like to see in South Africa...

Issued by SACAP 8 Apr 2019

Did the Health Professions Council trade cash for qualifications?
Did the Health Professions Council trade cash for qualifications?

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is awaiting the president's go-ahead to investigate allegations that Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPSCA) employees may have taken bribes...

By Roxy de Villiers 5 Apr 2019

Introducing the e-patient
Introducing the e-patient

Almost half the South African population has access to the internet, including 8-million Twitter users and 16-million Facebook users...

4 Apr 2019

There is currently no established cure for Ebola – could antibody treatments be the answer? AHMED JALLANZO/EPA
Guinea pigs cured of Ebola with antibodies, raising hopes for treatment in humans

The Ebola virus outbreak of 2014 in West Africa caused more than 11,000 deaths. At the time, scientists were working on several experimental vaccines and treatments but none were licensed for use in humans...

By Pramila Rajil & Alain Townsend 4 Apr 2019

Informed consent: The costly legal implications if it's not done right
Informed consent: The costly legal implications if it's not done right

The value of keeping proper written records of explanations, discussions and advice leading to the informed consent to avoid protracted legal proceedings for both doctors and patients...

By Lisa Swaine 3 Apr 2019

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Ask Dr Google. The pros and cons of online diagnosis

Pop symptoms of a headache into a search engine and it will come back with a myriad of diagnoses, varying from a sinus headache to a tumour...

1 Apr 2019

Doctor's orders: Start saving now
Doctor's orders: Start saving now

Medical doctors have tremendous earning potential and can expect to accumulate wealth in their lifetime...

29 Mar 2019

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa
WHO report: 630-million years of healthy life lost in Africa

Nearly 630-million years of healthy life were lost in 2015 due to the diseases afflicting the population across the World Health Organisation's (WHO's) 47 member states in Africa...

28 Mar 2019

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