Author: khopotsobodibe

Counting progress on AIDS response

Taking stock of the country’€™s performance in addressing AIDS, Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, noted that over about 20 million South Africans have tested for HIV in the last two years and that HIV transmission from mother to child has dropped to below 3%. But Motsoaledi cautioned that much still needs to be done.

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AIDS can lead to blindness

If undiagnosed and untreated for a long time, HIV infection can trigger off a dormant virus called cytomegalovirus (CMV), which can lead to blindness. Cytomegalovirus is the most common cause of blindness in people who have HIV.

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Simplifying AIDS treatment

This past week the national Health Department announced that as from April 2013, AIDS patients will start taking one antiretroviral pill a day that combines the compounds of all three ARVs they need for effective treatment. This has been lauded as making AIDS treatment simple and convenient.

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Gauteng delay tactics on medicines depot findings

The Gauteng Health Department is delaying the announcement of findings of a forensic investigation into suspected financial irregularities at the provincial medicines supplies depot in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. The investigation was commissioned in the hope that the investigation will uncover financial corruption and help reduce the costs associated with the depot’€™s services.

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Partnership shows new ways to support health

The launch of the Joint Public Health Enhancement Fund last week is a rare occurrence in the history of South Africa’€™s health care. The Fund illustrates that in a climate of tough economic times and international donor fatigue, local private sector funds are sorely needed if South Africa is to improve its health outcomes.

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