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High Fraud Rate in Health Depts, Says NGO

According to information received by Corruption Watch, there is a high incidence of tender fraud in provincial health departments.
 
The NGO says a third of anonymous tip-offs revealed staff awarding tenders to friends and relatives.
 
Reports also showed that hospitals in small towns were rife with nepotism, with managers hiring family members and human resource officers ‘selling jobs’.
 

Philani Nutrition Centre Trust: Junior Bookkeeper / Administration Assistant

The Philani Child Health and Nutrition Project is a community-based NGO committed to the protection of the rights of every child to proper nutrition and healthcare in communities where malnourished children and destitute mothers are most vulnerable.

The Philani Child Health and Nutrition Project seeks to appoint a Junior Bookkeeper/Administration Assistant, based in Cape Town.

S/he is expected to be organised, motivated, efficient and a hands-on individual.

Responsibilities:

SECTION27 Criticises Govt Over Poor Hospital Management

SECTION27 says that the Gauteng Department of Health's poor financial management is seriously impacting on patient well-being within public health facilities.

In a press statement, SECTION27 says it has noted reports in The Times newspaper relating to the shortages in staff at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital (CMH) and the ‘shocking’ impact this is having on services in the hospital.

CSOs, Govt, Discuss Draft Law on Traditional Medicines

The Angolan Government and representatives of civil society have analysed the draft legislation on traditional medicine during a regional forum on ‘National Policy on Traditional Medicine and Complementary Practices’.

The legislation is aimed at integrating the practices of traditional medicine in national health system, in order to ensure efficient, safety and fairness health care to all people.

Unsafe Abortion in South Africa: A Preventable Pandemic

Ayanda Masondo died on 19 March 2012. She was 20 years old. A student at the University of Johannesburg, Masondo’s body was found leaning against the door in her room at the Benjemijn hostel. The cause of her death was complications from an illegal abortion.

Sadly, Masondo’s fate is all too common. Illegal abortions kill dozens of South African women every year[1].

Lipodystrophy, Side Effect of ARVs – Doctor

The condition, known as lipodystrophy, was recognised through changes in fat reduction or redistribution, often in one area, leading to abnormal body shape transformations.

In 2008, a 29-year old woman’s breasts started growing rapidly and got heavy, making life difficult for her. The woman said that in 2009, she was supposed to go for a breast reduction but could not because she was anaemic and had a bone marrow deficiency.

Strategic Involvement of Nonprofits Key to Success of NHI

Nonprofit organisations like Marie Stopes South Africa are following the rollout of the National Health Insurance (NHI) closely to see how best their service delivery operations will fit into the new countrywide scheme.

The National Health Insurance Green Paper was published in August 2011 and says the NHI is set to be implemented in three phases over a 14-year period.

NGO Making M-Health Work in SA

HIVSA, a NGO offering comprehensive, therapeutic care to those individuals infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS, says there are great benefits to integrating primary health care and electronic medical systems into mobile health (m-health) services.

HIVSA’s hi4LIFE programme manager, Rob Allen, points out that, “Through the support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, HIVSA has developed a unique set of services through its new m-health brand, hi4LIFE.”

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