Besrour May 2018 Communication / Communication Besrour de Mai 2018

Dear Besrour Colleagues, Besrour Centre welcomes you to view this next edition of the Besrour Newsletter online. Please don’t hesitate to connect with us!  We encourage any questions or comments you may have. Warm regards, The Besrour Centre Chers collègues Besrour, Le Centre Besrour vous invite à consulter en ligne ce nouveau numéro du Bulletin … Continue reading Besrour May 2018 Communication / Communication Besrour de Mai 2018

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Crunching SA’s healthcare numbers paints a dismal picture

 In 16 years of covering healthcare for the SA Medical Journal, I never came across such a strong synthesis of data bolstering the contention that we get dismal bang for our public-sector healthcare buck. Here data analyst Zach de Beer, overlays the WHO country rankings with the Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom, the GINI Co-efficient from the Central … Continue reading Crunching SA’s healthcare numbers paints a dismal picture

Khayelitsha hospital services inadequate, say residents

Frustrated Khayelitsha residents say poor service at their local hospital is driving them to seek help elsewhere. According to a Weekend Argus report, the hospital opened its doors to the public a little over six years ago and caters to residents of Khayelitsha, Mfuleni and surrounding areas. Reports of patients having to wait overnight to see a doctor, sleeping on chairs … Continue reading Khayelitsha hospital services inadequate, say residents

SA has successfully eliminated trans-fats in food – WHO

South Africans are sub-Saharan Africa’s most obese people, mainly due to the rising popularity of processed food. Heart attacks, strokes and type two diabetes now kill more people than infectious diseases. But the health situation could have been worse had the South African government not acted to limit trans-fats in processed foods back in 2011. “Trans-fats are … Continue reading SA has successfully eliminated trans-fats in food – WHO

National Health Insurance bill ready for president’s scrutiny

The long-awaited National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill was ready for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s scrutiny, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Tuesday. Motsoaledi sought to assure Parliament he was making progress in realising the ANC’s promise of universal healthcare. Delivering his budget speech to Parliament, Motsoaledi said he had planned to present the bill and a … Continue reading National Health Insurance bill ready for president’s scrutiny

First-ever WHO list of essential diagnostic tests to improve diagnosis and treatment

Today, many people are unable to get tested for diseases because they cannot access diagnostic services. Many are incorrectly diagnosed. As a result, they do not receive the treatment they need and, in some cases, may receive the wrong treatment. To address this gap, WHO has published its first Essential Diagnostics List, a catalogue of … Continue reading First-ever WHO list of essential diagnostic tests to improve diagnosis and treatment

Changing the conversation to make drug use safer

Last week, the 2018 Global Drug Survey (GDS) published its annual findings on recreational drug use (both legal and illegal) among 130 000 people across 44 countries. The anonymised online survey uses a detailed questionnaire to assess trends in drug use and self-reported harms among regular drug users and early adopters of new trends. Although the survey … Continue reading Changing the conversation to make drug use safer