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AI to be used in fight against TB

25 Jun 2024
The Department of Health recently hosted a conference to discuss how AI can accelerate the screening and diagnosis of TB and silicosis, reported My Broadband (25 June 2024). According to WHO’s latest Global Report, 54,200 South Africans died from TB in 2023.
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Pandemic measures backfire

25 Jun 2024
According to research by Bloomberg, people worldwide are experiencing more frequent and communicable diseases such as cholera, measles, tuberculosis, RSV, dengue, and the flu in the wake of the pandemic.
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Impact of climate change on children’s well-being 

25 Jun 2024
According to a report by Section27 extreme weather conditions associated with climate change, have a huge impact on children’s unique developmental needs, including nutritional and hydration requirements essential for growth, reported Health-eNews (June 2024).
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GNU clouds future of National Health Insurance Act

24 Jun 2024
Business Times reported on 23 June 2024 that the Health Funders Association (HFA) invited stakeholders in the healthcare sector to a scenario planning symposium to evaluate possible outcomes for the NHI following the establishment of a Government of National Unity.
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Vitality Health International expand across Africa

24 Jun 2024
Vitality Health International Africa, the health insurance arm of Discovery currently operates in 7 African countries - Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, and the DRC -” The company plans to expand to another 6 countries: Mauritius, Senegal, the Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Angola, and Uganda. – News24 (24 June 2024)
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Discovery asks Court to declare RAF in breach of order

21 Jun 2024
Business Day (21 June 2024) reported that Discovery Health requested the court to declare the Road Accident Fund (RAF) andits CEO, Collins Letsoalo in breach of a previous judgment and to resume paying claims from medical schemes. A contempt of court finding could result in fines or imprisonment.
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Private healthcare leaders discuss NHI challenges

21 Jun 2024
At a recent Health Funders Association (HFA) symposium on NHI, Dr Simon Strachan, Chairperson of the South African Private Practitioners Forum (SAPPF), emphasised the need for a comprehensive approach to reform, engaging healthcare professionals, and addressing social determinants of health. Daily Maverick | 21 June 2024
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Halve cabinet to hire health workers, says SAMA

20 Jun 2024
If President Cyril Ramaphosa were to slash the size of his cabinet, the money saved could employ another 4 000 health workers, according to the SA Medical Association (SAMA) – MedicalBrief (19 June 2024)
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Consolidated legal challenges to NHI Act will have more clout

20 Jun 2024
The six legal challenges against the NHI will eventually be consolidated, according to Elsabe Klinck, managing director at Elsabe Klinck and Associates. - Daily Maverick (20 June 2024)
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Dis-Chem’s ambitious plan to catch up with Clicks

19 Jun 2024
Dis-Chem plans to expand its store footprint by 45% over the next three years to match its main competitor, Clicks, in terms of store space in various regions, reported Moneyweb (19 June 2024)
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World not prepared for another pandemic

19 Jun 2024
“South Africa, which has reported seven mpox cases since May, is negotiating for vaccine donations from Western countries with surplus stock but has not yet received supplies,” reported Business Day (19 June 2024). Seven African countries have reported mpox cases this year, totalling 8,479 cases and 401 deaths by June 14.
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‘Digital Nurse’ to address shortage

19 Jun 2024
SA’s healthcare landscape is transforming significantly, wrote Sandra Simpson in TimesLive (19 June 2024).
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Discovery Life claims back to pre-Covid levels

19 Apr 2024
“Discovery Life distributed R10.3bn to its clients, a decrease from the R11bn paid the previous year,” reported Business Day (19April 2024)
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Hundreds of websites found selling fake weight-loss drugs

16 Apr 2024
Reuters reported on 15 April that the cybersecurity company BrandShield has shut down over 250 websites selling counterfeit versions of popular drugs used for weight loss and diabetes treatment within the GLP-1 class.
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RAF bid to appeal judgment on claim requirements

06 Dec 2023
On 5 December 2023 the Pretoria High Court rejected the Road Accident Fund’s (RAF) request to reconsider a previous verdict from November, reported Business Day. “The ruling mandated eliminating the stringent new requirements for filing claims outlined in a 2021 board notice.”
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