Limpopo Clinic Closes Due to Lack of Funds

The Limpopo government’s failure to pay rent to a non-governmental organisation has forced the closure of a clinic in the Sekhukhune region.

Jane Furse Memorial Village NGO spokesperson, Tebogo Phasha, points out that though they have local residents’ interests at heart, they will not allow the clinic at the old Jane Furse hospital buildings to operate unless health authorities pay R17 500 a month for rent.

SA Leads Mobile Healthcare Charge – Monteiro

South Africa is leading the way in launching mobile health (m-health) services with some of the most successful and best known m-health initiatives having been developed in this country.

Director of Mobile Health Africa, Andrea Monteiro, points out that, “Africa suffers more than 24 percent of the global burden of disease, but has an average of only two doctors per 10 000 people - a shocking statistic.”

Monteiro argues that the evolution of m-health services in Africa is enabling the drastic improvement of the healthcare infrastructure.

Breastfeeding: A Key to Long Life and Socio-Economic Progress

Health is defined as a complete state of physical, social and mental well-being which entails ‘illness free days’. Better health is central to human happiness and well-being. It is beyond doubt that the good health status of any nation’s citizens makes an important contribution towards economic progress. A healthy citizen will live longer, be more productive and save more. Thus good health is critical for socio-economic development as it increases the marginal productivity of labour.

NHI to Reduce Spending, Says HSRC

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) says that once National Health Insurance is in place it will help reduce health spending from 8.3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) to 6.2 percent as the overall population will become healthier and more productive.

HSRC chief executive officer, Olive Shisana, said the bulk of the money, about R120 billion, needed to establish the National Health Insurance (NHI) is already in place and that it is only the next R5 billion that is required.

Shocking Maternal Healthcare in EC

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) says that pregnant women seeking healthcare in Eastern Cape government facilities are facing abuse and substandard care placing them at high risk of death and injury.

In its 66-page report ‘Stop Making Excuses: Accountability for Maternal Health Care in South Africa’, the organisation shares horror reports of women being physically and verbally abused, turned away from clinics without examination while in labour, ignored by nurses when they call for help, and forced to wait hours and days for care.

Refugee Nurses Get Language Help

The City of Johannesburg says that refugee nurses at the Rosettenville and Yeoville clinics are being taught to translate.
The City points out that, "These clinics were selected because they service areas that have significant numbers of migrant communities"
It states that the clinic staff welcomed the intervention and indicted that they expected it to make their job easier when assisting migrants, adding that migrants have difficulty accessing public institutions like health care because health care providers often did not speak their language.

Integrate TB and HIV treatment: TAC

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) says the Health Department has shown little progress in integrating TB and HIV care.

TAC recommends that “Patients should not go to different clinics and see different nurses and doctors for the management of the diseases.

TAC has also shifted the blame to Aids Council for being conspicuous by its lack of engagement on HIV and AIDS issues whereas they receive substantial funding.

Zimbabwe’s Pregnant Women at Risk – UNICEF

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says the costs of maternity services in Zimbabwe have continued to escalate, making it difficult for pregnant women to seek proper medical attention.

Aqualine Magandi, a midwife from Harare’s Kuwadzana clinic, states that it has become difficult for most pregnant women to pay for health services. Magandi argues that most of them can't afford the US$50 fees the clinic is charging but there are so many dangers in delivering at home.

MSF Suspends Work in South Sudan

Aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says it has been forced to suspend work in a volatile part of South Sudan because of attacks against their staff, as violence between rival tribes surges in the area.

The organisation says that armed men stole medical equipment from one of its health clinics twice this month in Jonglei state, adding that staff members have also been attacked while delivering aid.

In a statement on its website, the organisation is calling on armed groups to respect its neutrality so it can resume providing aid.

NGO Criticises North Korea Over Healthcare

Amnesty International (AI) say surgery without anaesthetics, unsterilised needles and epidemics worsened by malnutrition illustrate the desperate state of North Korea's healthcare system.

The organisation says food shortages have persisted since the 1990s famine and some North Koreans survive partly on grass, tree roots and bark.

It says healthcare is free for all, adding that many witnesses told it they have had to pay for all services since the 1990s.


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