Shot in arm for SA’s TB, Aids research – Independent Online

REUTERS File photo: In an annual letter, Gates said there would be few or no poor countries left in the world by 2035. Related Stories Johannesburg – The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) has signed two partnership deals worth R370-million with the SA Medical Research Council (MRC) and University of Cape Town (UCT), it was announced on Tuesday. The partnerships’ purpose was to develop new medicines, vaccines and other biotechnologies against HIV and Aids, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, they said in joint statement. The partnerships would be led by South African scientists, and would be backed by the South African government’s departments of science and technology, and health. The MRC would receive about R125-million…

Isolated case of Congo fever in Western Cape – Health24.com

Home  >  Lifestyle  >  Woman  >  News 13 January 2014 According to hospital officials the patient being treated for Congo fever at the Mediclinic Vergelen in Somerset West is an isolated case. 0 iStock Quiz Ready for weight loss? » Join Talk forums » Ask CyberShrink » Ask GynaeDoc » How to achieve your resolutions The most common New Year’s resolutions The woman being treated for Congo fever at the Mediclinic Vergelen in Somerset West, Western Cape, is an isolated case, hospital officials said on Sunday. “The woman is in isolation and there are no other cases of the fever at the clinic at this time,” Mediclinic Vergelen regional marketing manager Nadia Padayachi said. The…

HRC gives Mpumalanga until March to fix health crisis – South African Broadcasting Corporation

The Commission conducted an investigation after receiving a complaint from the DA (SABC) The South African Human Rights Commission (HRC) has given the Mpumalanga Department of Health until the end of March next year to improve the standards of Health care services rendered. The Commission conducted an investigation after receiving a complaint from the Democratic Alliance in 2012 that hospitals did not have adequate infrastructure, doctors and facilities. HRC spokesperson, Isaac Mangena, says Rob Ferreira Hospital in Nelspruit, Matibidi Hospital in Bushbuckridge and Bernice Samuel Hospital in Delmas have been sampled and been found to be in a dire state. Mangena says the situation in Mpumalanga’s hospitals is a reflection of what South Africa’s hospitals…

US Committed to Achieving Aids Free Generation – AllAfrica.com

UNITED States Embassy in Zambia Charge d’ Affairs David Young has reiterated his government’s commitment to working with the Zambian Government to achieve an AIDS free generation. Speaking in Lusaka when the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) selected 12 Zambians and honoured them as champions in the fight against HIV, Mr Young said the champions were nominated on the basis of their tireless efforts towards the fight against HIV and AIDS. He said PEPFAR launched a nationwide contest in 2012 to nominate people who have shown out-standing commitment in the communities to help people living with HIV. “Champions fight against stigma and discrimination, telling their stories to increase awareness of HIV and…

$12 Billion Is Pledged to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria – New York Times

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Speedy men run to raise cancer awareness – Independent Online

Independent Newspaper Limited Hundreds of runners in their red Speedos took to the streets of Pretoria as part of the DAREdevil run to raise awareness about cancers affecting men. Photo: Thobile Mathonsi Pretoria – Hundreds of men took to the streets in red Speedos to raise awareness about testicular and prostate cancer on Friday as part of the second annual Etana DAREdevil run. Five hundred men gathered at Rietondale Park and had their bodies spraypainted with phrases like “I got balls”, “running for my balls” and “I am a daredevil”. Many of the men had their entire bodies sprayed red, some wore hats and suspenders, beach gear, wigs and fake moustaches. Entrants paid R100 each…

Massive health overhaul for E Cape – South Africa.info

Gabi Khumalo 20 September 2013 Two hospitals and eight clinics in the OR Tambo district are to be demolished and rebuilt from scratch as part of a massive overhaul of the health care system in the Eastern Cape, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced on Thursday. Speaking to journalists in Pretoria, Motsoaledi said that both the Department ofHealth Department and National Treasury were aware of the major health, financial and resources challenges in the Eastern Cape. This was especially the case in OR Tambo, one of 11 districts selected to pilot South Africa’s National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme. Motsoaledi said OR Tambo had been chosen as a pilot district “specifically because we wanted to take that…

Docs leave hospitals over pay – iAfrica.com

Eastern Cape hospitals are being forced to close their operating theatres over a critical shortage of doctors in the province. The shortage has been created as doctors leave their posts over poor or irregular pay. Some hospitals have had to cancel operation and turn patients away due to the shortage of doctors. Chairperson of the SA Medical Association in the region, Angela Kloppers, said in a Times Live report that the doctors were “gatvol” over the pay situation. “The doctors are pleading that they be paid their due and that the contracts they signed be honoured,” Kloppers said in the Times Live report. “Those in authority in the department are flouting the law and have…

23-Kilo Tumor Removed From Woman’s Abdomen – Discovery News

Bulgarian surgeons removed a giant tumor that weighed 23 kilograms (50.7 pounds) from a woman’s abdomen on Monday, likening the curious case to something out of an old medical textbook. The 67-year-old patient was hospitalized with complications and high temperature after a flu. But doctors from the university obstetrics and gynecology hospital in Sofia discovered that a giant mass was squeezing a number of vital organs. “We removed a 23-kilo tumor, which is the size of a seven- or eight-year-old child,” surgeon Bozhidar Slavchev said in a hospital statement. “I have not seen such a bad case of neglected health in my entire long-time career,” he added. The woman told the doctors she had known…