The final results of a 4-year project to analyse the challenges and opportunities for health in sub-Saharan Africa are now published as a Lancet Commission—The Path to Longer and Healthier Lives for All Africans by 2030—led by African physicians, health scientists, and policy makers.
Category: Health care delivery
President Trump has reinstated the Mexico City Policy which prohibits international NGOs from receiving US federal funds if they perform abortion-related services. Trump’s expansion of the policy extends these restrictions to encompass not just family planning aid, but all global health assistance from the United States.
This biomedical smart jacket distinguishes pneumonia’s symptoms – temperature, breathing rate and sound of the lungs – and eliminates most human error, diagnosing pneumonia at a rate three to four times faster than a doctor.
A recent study conducted at Kapiri Mposhi District Hospital in Zambia found that irrational drug use could be higher than initially feared. The study found that over 50% of the patient records surveyed showed some form of inappropriate drug use. The use of antibiotics and polypharmacy were of particular concern.
The third annual South African Stock Outs National Survey finds lack of consistent improvement in decreasing medication stock outs in public health care facilities around the country. Results vary by province and specific medications.
The recently concluded millennium development goals (MDGs) have seen the suffering and deaths caused by preventable and treatable diseases significantly reduced. Over the last 15 years, life expectancy around the world has increased incredibly. In Africa, life expectancy has increased by 9.4 years. In spite of such achievements, inequality in terms of access to and quality of healthcare persists. The high rate of maternal deaths among African countries is a clear indication.
Julie Mac Donnell talks about how treatment begins at home, and drug rehabilitation facilities in Cape Town, South Africa.
Oswald Kucherera, a Zimbabwean asylum seeker, and storyteller gives us a small taste of what's to come in his book, The Exodus Down South.
On 24 February over 60 participants from sectors spanning the government, researchers and private health care gathered in Cape Town for the SAGE Guidelines Summit. The Summit provided a platform to discuss the development and implementation of guidelines in South Africa via multi-sectoral panels that discussed experiences and best practices in our setting.