All Set For Clinical Governance Congress

ALL is set for the 2018 edition of the Clinical Governance Congress to be held in Cape Town, South Africa  amidst indications that more than 200 health-care professionals from Sub-Saharan Africa will be in attendance. By Michael Gwarisa The congress will take place from 21-22 March 2018 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Speaking to HealthTimes, Clinical Governance Congress Events Manager Mpumi Mhlongo said the gathering will tackle numerous issues affecting the health delivery system and provision of quality healthcare to patients. “While accountability and improvement have been eminent…

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Let’s reflect on HIV/AIDS progress: AU

By Daniel Phiri AFRICA Union says as people commemorate World Aids Day (WAD) it is imperative to note that access to universal health care is a fundamental human right. Most countries in Africa face a lot of challenges when it comes to the provision of universal access to health care owing to lack of adequate resources and poverty. This lack of access affects response to such diseases as HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria especially in rural areas where health facilities are dotted many kilometres from where people live. In a statement…

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TB Kills 1.7 Million Says MSF

By Michael Gwarisa Tuberculosis killed not less than 1.7 million people last year in 2016 amid increased cases  of drug-resistant (DR) forms of tuberculosis (TB), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has said. Four in five people with DR-TB remain undiagnosed, and only half of those started on treatment are cured.  Two newer drugs to treat DR-TB – bedaquiline and delamanid – have been available for five years and could help save more lives. Dr Isaac Chikwanha, Medical Advisor for TB, HIV and Hepatitis C, MSF Access Campaign said less than 5 per cent of people who need the drugs actually receive them…

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Patient groups march for access to medicines in South Africa

Finalise the draft policy and amend laws to save lives, activists tell dti PRETORIA – Today, more than 1,000 members of the Fix the Patent Laws Coalition (FTPL) will march to the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) in support of the government’s efforts to fix our patent laws and ensure everyone has access to the medicines they need. Made up of 36 patient groups and civil society organisations representing people affected by most major diseases in South Africa, the FTPL Coalition will hand over its in-depth submission in support of the draft…

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UK ‘disappointed’ as Robert Mugabe becomes WHO goodwill ambassador

SOURCE: THEGURDIAN UN body appoints Zimbabwean despot to help tackle non-communicable diseases, despite dire health crisis under his rule. The UK government has criticised the World Health Organization’s decision to appoint Robert Mugabe as a “goodwill ambassador”, calling the move “surprising and disappointing”. A Downing Street spokesman said British diplomats had raised serious concerns with the WHO director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, over the decision to offer the high-profile role to the Zimbabwean president. The UN body asked the 93-year-old, who has been in power since 1980, to help tackle non-communicable diseases…

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President Mugabe Appointed WHO Ambassador

HealthTimes Reporter  President Robert Mugabe has been appointed the World Health Organisation (WHO) Ambassador for Africa to help governments tackle chronic diseases such as diabetes, stroke, cancer and heart diseases. President Mugabe will work with national and local politicians to highlight the heavy economic and health burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), United Nations health agency said. WHO director-general Tedros Ad-hanom Ghebreyesus said President Mugabe’s appointment would enable governments to “strengthen our response together” to these “major public health challenges”. NCDs and injuries are responsible for 43 million deaths each year, according…

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SADC Medical and Dental Regulatory Association Takes Shape

By Michael Gwarisa MEDICAL experts from six regional countries are gathered in Harare, Zimbabwe to deliberate and discuss the establishment of the SADC Medical and Dental Regulatory Association  which will act as a regulatory body overseeing operations of of the dental health sector. Officiating at the meeting, Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parliamentary said the government t of Zimbabwe was fully behind the formation of the Health and Dental regulatory body for the region. “I am very excited, not only am i exited for Zimbabwe but for the…

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PEPFAR Releases 2017-2020 Strategic Document For HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control

By Michael Gwarisa THE U.S Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) today (19/09/2017) released its Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control (2017-2020), which will provide a road-map as well as identify specific areas which require investment as efforts to end the HIV pandemic intensify. VISIT: https://www.pepfar.gov/documents/organization/274400.pdf In his remarks, the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the PEPFAR Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control (2017-2020) also includes investing in more than 50 countries with three concrete goals in mind. “First, to maintain life-saving treatment for those we currently support, while making essential…

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Buzz as world’s biggest drone drug deliveries take off in Tanzania

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Tanzania is set to launch the world’s largest drone delivery network in January, with drones parachuting blood and medicines out of the skies to save the lives of women giving birth and children struck by malaria, in a country larger than Nigeria. California’s Zipline will make 2,000 deliveries a day to more than 1,000 health facilities across the east African country, including blood, vaccines and malaria and AIDS drugs, following the success of a smaller project in nearby Rwanda. “It’s the right move,” Lilian Mvule,…

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Rwanda Overtakes Zimbabwe On Health Funding

By Michael Gwarisa ZIMBABWE continues to lag behind in terms of allocating domestic financial resources to the health sector, falling far behind civil war stricken countries like Rwanda. According to a report dubbed “The African Regional Framework For The Implementation Of  The Global Strategy On Human Resources For Health :Workforce 2030” which was presented during the ongoing WHO 67th Regional conference in Vic falls, Rwanda was amongst the few African countries which managed to meet the Abuja Declaration target which states that governments should at least dedicate 15 percent towards…

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