Could R100 a month be enough to keep South Africa’s young women HIV free?

29 November 2018 

In a world hemmed by patriarchy and poverty, cash transfers could be the missing link in SA’s HIV prevention programmes.

I recently visited an informal settlement in the heart of Nairobi and met a group of adolescent girls. They spoke to me candidly about their lives in the context of high rates of HIV, teenage pregnancy and gender-based violence. 

As I was talking about violence, they stopped me. 

Herman Mashaba's ebola remarks 'border on xenophobia' - SAHRC

15 November 2018 

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has rejected an apology by Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba for his remarks about ebola.  And the Human Rights Commission says it will be contacting Mashaba about his remarks "which could be regarded as a violation of the constitution".

The union in Gauteng urged city residents not to accept the apology because it was not “genuine”. 

Mashaba made controversial remarks on Twitter about his citizen's arrest of an undocumented foreign national pushing cow heads in a trolley in the CBD.

Govt medical scheme to align benefits with NHI

10 November 2018

The Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) is aligning its benefits with the objectives of the National Health Insurance (NHI) fund to provide primary healthcare access to the vulnerable.

Principle Officer of GEMS Dr Guni Goolab, as well as chief Operations Officer Dr Stan Moloabi, briefed media on the medical schemes offerings for 2019 in Cape Town this week. GEMS is a medical scheme for government employees and was registered on January 1, 2005.

Cholera outbreak: 175 dead, over 10 000 affected in Nigeria

12 November 2018

Suspected cholera cases have jumped in northeast Nigeria where Boko Haram violence has forced tens of thousands of people to seek refuge in crowded camps, the Norwegian Refugee Council said on Monday.

The humanitarian group said 10 000 people have been affected by the fast-spreading cholera outbreak and 175 people have died in the northeast states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe as of early November 2018.

Premature deaths on the decline

This World Prematurity Day, 17 November 2018, the South African Breastmilk Reserve (SABR) is celebrating the lives of almost 20 000 premature babies that have been saved through the provision of safe and necessary breastmilk, since their inception in 2003.

“We are encouraged by the South African Institution of Race Relation’s (IRR) recent report that shows that infant mortality in South Africa is at the lowest level it has been in almost 20 years*,” says Stasha Jordan, SABR Executive Director.

SAHRC to inspect Rahima Moosa Hospital after deadly outbreak

The SA Humans Rights Commission (SAHRC) will on Thursday conduct a site inspection of Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital in Coronationville, Johannesburg.

The inspection follows reports of nine infants dying at the hospital due to a necrotising enterocolitis bacterial outbreak.

The condition occurs mostly in premature newborns and affects their intestines.

When news of the outbreak first broke several months ago, it was reported that a probe by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases had failed to established the origin of the disease.

Mpumalanga hospital ordered to explain how two babies died

The Mpumalanga health department has given Shongwe Hospital until Friday to release a report into how two infants died, amid suspicions that the cause of death was a lack of oxygen.

MEC Sasekani Manzini visited the hospital on Wednesday and formally appointed a team to thoroughly investigate what happened, department spokesperson Dumisani Malamule said.

“She gave the team a deadline of Friday to submit a full report,” he said.

Meet the non-profit transforming rwandan healthcare

The government of Rwanda is developing quite a reputation in the tech space, partnering with drone operators, electric motorbike providers and incubation hubs to drive development.

Its latest partnership is in the healthcare space, where it is working with the Ihangane Project, a Rwanda-based non-profit organisation founded in 2008 with the goal of facilitating community-driven solutions that strengthen national health systems.

Ramaphosa: Country to launch plan to tackle gender-based violence

01 November 2018 

"20 000 people were killed in the past year. The majority of killers and victims are men," Ramaphosa says at summit.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will launch a national strategic plan to tackle gender-based violence (GBV) after years of lobbying by activists.

Ramaphosa was speaking at the Presidential GBV Summit Thursday, the latest in a string of meetings convened by Ramaphosa on significant issues facing the country such as health and unemployment.

UN demands immediate halt to attacks in Ebola areas in DRC


31 October 2018 

The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution calling for an immediate halt to attacks by armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo that are jeopardising the response to the Ebola outbreak.

A resolution adopted Tuesday said the security situation in the areas affected by the Ebola outbreak "is severely hampering the response efforts and facilitating the spread of the virus" in DRC and the region.


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