Month: February 2013

Volunteer – Nutrition

Clinton Health Access Initiative is looking for a candidate for the position of Volunteer – Nutrition.

Program Analyst TB

Clinton Health Access Initiative is looking for a candidate for the position of Program Analyst TB.

Building Capacity 4 Health: International Public Health Symposium

Report on the symposium that was held on 24 January 2013 to celebrate the new Wits School of Public Health building.

Changing the face of public health in South Africa

Africa Health Placements (AHP) sources, recruits and places foreign-qualified and local healthcare professionals at rural and underserved healthcare facilities in southern Africa.

Human Resources for Health – Challenges and Solutions

In South Africa the existing higher education sector is unable to meet the graduate output required by the health sector while foreign recruitment is constrained by current legislation on the registration and practice of foreign healthcare professionals. The Ministries of Health and Higher Education and Training in South Africa should give serious consideration to giving effect to the recommendation on private providers contained in the Green Paper for Post-School Education and Training, specifically, working with vetted private health sciences education providers to strengthen and expand provision in compliance with quality and accreditation requirements in priority and/or scarce skill areas.

WF PHA newsletter January 2013

The January 2013 newsletter of the World Federation of Public Health Associations is now available online.

Addressing staff shortages in public hospitals: a role for clinical associates?

Recent news headlines have highlighted the shortage of doctors in public hospitals, especially in disadvantaged areas. There is no doubt that more doctors need to be trained and recruited into the public sector. But are these strategies sufficient to solve the shortage of hospital staff with skills to diagnose patients’ problems and implement treatment? How long will it take to fill all the public sector’s vacant posts? And how much will it cost? Clinical associates have the potential to bring good quality hospital care closer to communities in a way that is affordable for the country. Along with other initiatives they could help to strengthen the public sector, and extend its coverage, as envisaged by the National Health Insurance policy.

APHA 140th Annual Meeting

This meeting stressed the importance of shifting our approach to health towards one that focuses on wellness across all stages of life and to include prevention, intervention, general well-being, maintenance and treatment.

Where to work, what to do? Does the medical school experience influence career intentions?

Medical graduates that are currently produced by the education system are ill-equipped to manage health challenges within their communities which can be addressed by the primary health care approach. Wits University Medical School introduced the Graduate Entry Medical Programme in 2003 to expose the students to public health and primary care disciplines as well as the traditional hospital based clinical training. A study conducted amongst the medical students in their final year of study and those in their first year
showed, however, that the medical school experience at the University as it is currently did not appear to have any influence with respect to working in primary care disciplines or remain in the public sector.

10th Annual International Scientific Conference GLUK

This conference of the Great Lakes University of Kisumu, Kenya, is scheduled to take place from April 29th to May 2nd 2013.

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