Health care

Global recognition for South African lab

The National Health Laboratory Service has been nominated for the European Quality awards in the health care category, in recognition of its high standards and leading position in pathology and diagnostic services. The winner will be announced in Switzerland this week.

UCT in global deal to develop medicines

South Africa reflects on battle to curb HIV and Aids

A call was made for a renewed commitment to fighting HIV and particularly for behaviour change among men for the empowerment of women at the seventh SA Aids Conference. While South Africa had come a long way, there were still challenges, such as high new infection rates.


No shortage of antiretrovirals in South Africa

The pharmaceutical industry and national Health Department are working to deal with shortages of certain medications, caused by global shortages of the pharmaceutical ingredients. Minister Motsoaledi has also put to rest concerns about supplies of antiretrovirals.


South African doctor makes skin graft breakthrough

Dr Wayne Kleintjes has pioneered a ground-breaking technique to graft skin quickly and cost- effectively that is expected to have far-reaching benefits for burn victims. As well as being affordable, it uses the patient's own skin cells and so does not run a rejection risk.


SA doctors develop affordable heart valves

A simple plastic heart valve designed to treat rheumatic heart disease in a cost-effective and accessible way has been developed by a South African company, helping the 1.4-million sufferers of the disease the vast majority of whom live in the developing world.

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