Month: November 2011

Health impact assessment practitioner

SHAPE Consulting is seeking to employ a health impact assessment practitioner preferably with a post graduate qualification with a strong epidemiological background.

Articles of Association

The Articles of Association of PHASA have been revised and we would welcome members to submit comments and suggestions.

3rd TB Conference of South Africa

This conference will be held from 12-15 June 2011 in Durban and the central theme is ‘Reaching the target’.

Third Annual Healthcare Summit

The Healthcare Summit is a three-day event that deals with all the current issues facing the stakeholders in the healthcare industry.

Monitoring and evaluation coordinator HST

Health Systems Trust wishes to appoint a Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator to lead the design and implementation of a monitoring and evaluation system for the CDC District Support (SA SURE) Project.

Department of Health National NCD Summit 12-13 September 2011

The meeting provided participants an opportunity to collectively agree on strategies and targets to be reached in South Africa to improve the situation regarding non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Gauteng Department of Health NCD Summit 5 July 2011

The Gauteng Department of Health and Social Development hosted a high-level summit on NCDs aimed at developing a position paper detailing a NCD agenda for the Province.

Human Resources Strategy for Health

The Minister of Health (Aaron Motsoaledi) launched the “Human Resources Strategy for Health” at Wits University on the 11th October 2011.

WHO NCDs country profiles 2011

This report provides information required by countries – including South Africa – to assess their situation in face of the growing threat posed by non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Non-communicable Diseases: reframing the conversation on health

The UN general assembly summit in September helped focus the world on the threat posed to economic development by four conditions – cancer, heart disease, diabetes and chronic lung disease. This is surprisingly true even in a middle income country like South Africa (SA). The economic impact of chronic conditions on the workforce and their productivity, and the cost to the health system is already enormous and without serious attention is set to balloon. The advent of significant resources to address this burgeoning epidemic seems unlikely. In an era when donor funding is shrinking, the envelope for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) could even decline as the SA government assumes greater fiscal responsibility for HIV/TB. This article discusses the burden of disease and disability in SA, the risk factors for NCDs in the country, possible interventions and the affordability.


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