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.
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.
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.
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.
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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