WHO meningitis

World Health Organization answers call for global plans towards defeating meningitis

At a global meeting of experts organised by Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) and Wilton Park, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a renewed effort to help defeat meningitis. (more…)

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blood stem cell transplant

The South African Bone Marrow Registry’s global network

Ethnic diversity is one of the strongest defining characteristics of the South African nation. It makes our country unique but it also plays a powerful role in giving patients with life-threatening illnesses such as leukaemia or marrow failure the prospect of renewed health. Often a blood stem cell transplant is the only chance of survival for those that suffer from blood cancers. Many different tissue types exist, which […]

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World hepatitis day

Hepatitis E virus infection (HEV) is the most common cause of acute viral hepatitis worldwide. The infection usually resolves within weeks, but sometimes it causes acute liver failure, which may be fatal. It is mostly spread through the faecal-oral route, and until recently was viewed as an infection primarily affecting people in undeveloped areas who […]

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Glucose monitoring system

World’s first flash glucose monitoring system now in SA

The world’s first flash glucose monitoring system, which requires only a scan rather than a traditional finger prick to test blood glucose (‘blood sugar’), is now available in South Africa through The Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology (CDE). The ability to get a glucose reading with a quick, painless scan has ushered in a new […]

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medical-specialist skills in South Africa

South Africa’s dire medical-specialist skills shortage is taking a heavy toll

The medical-specialist skills shortage is already having a major impact on the South African health landscape and indications are that it will only get worse in the long term, with enormous cost implications for the country. (more…)

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BHF annual conference

Public Private Partnerships will drive the success of NHI

Since the first Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) conference in 1999, the BHF annual conference has attracted a line-up of local and international speakers who have continued to provide local, regional and international perspectives on various issues relating to the healthcare industry. This year’s theme, “Embracing Universal Health Coverage”, has ignited engaging discussions on the […]

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Mental health should matter to everyone

July was Psychosocial Disability Awareness Month in South Africa and the perfect time to highlight an all too often shunned and stigmatised topic: mental illness. (more…)

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Diabetes information app

CDE Club App – first free information and support App for people with diabetes

The most important person in the management of diabetes is the person living with diabetes. For this reason, the Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology (CDE) has launched its CDE Club App to assist people with diabetes by providing valuable information, a tool to track progress and even earn rewards. (more…)

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African cardiothoracic surgeons benefit from unique surgical master class hosted by industry greats

Over 100 delegates from 20 countries– some from as far afield as Uganda, Egypt, Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya– were hosted at Netcare’s head office for a three-day training symposium, hosted by internationally renowned cardiothoracic surgeon, Professor Robin Kinsley. (more…)

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