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Examining community health workers' role in fighting HIV in Africa
Examining community health workers' role in fighting HIV in Africa

Community health worker (CHW) programmes can play a key role in providing HIV services in Africa. But such programmes are often fragmented, poorly integrated into national health systems, and lack support, according to a new study from Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.

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Robot-aided surgery now in Eastern Cape

The first robot-assisted surgeries to treat prostate cancer in the Eastern Cape were performed by Netcare Greenacres urologists Dr Hannes Brummer and Dr Johan Coetzee this week following the installation of the Da Vinci Si robotic surgical system at the hospital.

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Glenda Grey, president of the South African Medical Research Council. Image ©
[Standard Bank Top Women Conference] Passionate for science

Science is an indication of a country's wealth, and the best indicator of a country's GDP and productivity is its scientific productivity. The investment of a country into science creates a healthy country and a healthy country is a wealthy country.

By Danette Breitenbach 1 day ago

Micro-finance, education reduces women's vulnerability to gender-based violence
Micro-finance, education reduces women's vulnerability to gender-based violence

Tackling gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS which plagues South African women, the Intervention with Microfinance for AIDS and Gender Equity (IMAGE) programme works to improve the economic well-being and financial independence of rural women by combining microfinance with gender and health education.

2 days ago

Digital tool for critical medical decision making
Digital tool for critical medical decision making

Poor medical decisions do not only have an impact on patients' lives, but it also costs the healthcare sector billions of rand every year.

2 days ago

HPCSA warns against global fee agreements
HPCSA warns against global fee agreements

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has urged healthcare practitioners to consult the council before signing any global fee or other financial or clinical arrangement with medical schemes, because these may violate the HPCSA's ethical rules.

3 days ago

Makatleho Selibo is the widow of Mahola Selibo who worked as a team leader at President Steyn mine in Welkom. He worked underground for 33 years. He passed away in 2013 and suffered from tuberculosis and silicosis. He did not receive any compensation from the mines. Photo: Thom Pierce
End in sight for silicosis case?

The money set aside by Anglo American and Gold Fields to pay out former miners sick with silicosis and TB may be a bargain for shareholders.

By Pete Lewis/GroundUp 15 Aug 2017

Livingstone Hospital in Port Elizabeth. Photo: Bhekisisa/Oupa Nkosi
Tax snag leaves cancer patients in the lurch

A tender given to a company which had a tax glitch has resulted in hundreds of state cancer patients waiting months for bone scans, with some so desperately in need they were put on buses to the Western Cape.

15 Aug 2017

Cecilia Makhiwane Hospital. Picture: Daily Dispatch
Attack on doctor sparks security concerns

The South African Medical Association (Sama), and its Eastern Cape branch, has condemned the lack of proper security at public hospitals in the province after a doctor was assaulted by a patient.

14 Aug 2017