Month: February 2015

Reversing the HIV epidemic in South Africa: an insider’s view?

South African communities have been significantly affected by HIV/AIDS. Whilst we have made some progress in arresting the epidemic, there are still far too many new infections and far too many people not on treatment and being initiated on treatment too late. The task of reaching the MDG targets and our NSP targets depends on an enhanced whole of society response. The Department of Health is ready to scale up our response as outlined in this article.

Transiting from MDGs to SDGs and Post-2015 Developmental Agenda: Continuity or Transformation?

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have passed and the post-2015 has dawned upon us whereby we have to renew and rename our developmental goal’s vows in the form of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Post-2015 developmental agenda. Africa still lags behind in achieving envisaged developmental goals, particularly health related developmental goals. It is therefore timely to ask, is it authentic for the African continent to agree and set goals on a ground that maintains, or even better, sustains the current status quo of inequity and inaccessibility? Or should we not seek transformation of the inherited legacies and structures in order to progressively combat the challenges we are faced with?

The Ban on Alcohol Advertising in South Africa

South Africa faces a formidable threat to public health attributable to alcohol use and misuse. The use of alcohol is associated with a range of adverse chronic health and economic consequences. Although the ban on alcohol advertising has been on the South African government’s agenda for more than five years, the past two years has seen increased public dialogue between the South African government, academic, civil society organisations and the alcohol and advertising industries on a proposed ban on alcohol advertising in South Africa.

Implementation of HPV vaccination in South Africa

The rates of cervical cancer deaths in low- and middle-income countries are rising. Cervical cancer prevention should therefore be addressed as part of the aims of the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 to 2035. One of the most important recent advances in cervical cancer prevention is the prevention of hrHPV infection through vaccination. HPV vaccination programmes will have the most significant impact in countries like South Africa with a high HPV prevalence, low compliance to screening, high lost to follow up, and limited resources for management of women with HPV associated precancerous lesions or cancer. How far is South Africa with the rollout? And what will the impact of HPV vaccination be?

Quality healthcare for all children – where are we in achieving the MDGs for maternal and child health?

At the UN General Assembly in 2000 more than 150 global leaders, including the President of South Africa, signed the Millennium Declaration. MDG 4 that states that all countries will reduce the under 5 mortality rate (U5MR) by two thirds by 2015 from the base year of 1990. For South Africa this would mean bringing it down to a rate of 20/1,000 live births. MDG 5 states that all countries will reduce by three quarter the maternal mortality ratio (MMR). For South Africa this means reaching a MMR of 38/100,000 live births by 2015. So 2015 is a year to take stock of where we are with regards to the MDGs as well as prioritize actions based on lessons learned for the next phase, namely to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (2016-2030).

Research manager

The South African Medical Research Council is looking for 2 Research Managers, with expertise in Biostatistics/Statistics

Call for articles: Health Evaluations in Africa

The African Evaluation Journal (AEJ) is calling authors to submit articles for the special AEJ “Health Evaluations in Africa” edition.

Two infectious-disease modeler posts

Infectious-disease modeler posts at Public Health England and Imperial College London working on influenza.

Call for abstracts: Southern African Students’ Psychology Conference

The 4th Southern African Students’ Psychology Conference will be jointly hosted by the Psychology Departments of the University of South Africa and the University of Limpopo. The theme for this year’s conference is Psychology in Communities. The conference is a great opportunity for students to showcase their work, network and become involved in the larger

Analyst, Family Planning

To perform the analysis needed to inform a rapid, effective, government-led plan for expansion of implant services in Liberia.

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