Wits RHI in the News

01 November 2017

SA Health Products Regulatory Authority Board appointed

The Chairperson of the SAHPRA Board is Professor Helen Rees, who was Chairperson of the Medicines Control Council. What we are aiming for with the newly constituted SAHPRA is an efficient, relevant and transparent regulatory authority that ensures that South Africans have access to safe, effective, good quality medicines and medical devices, and the information that allows them to use these products with confidence, said Professor Helen Rees.

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26 October 2017

Immunisation and saving lives

Regarded as one of the greatest influencers on public health in the 20th century, vaccinations have brought 14 life-threatening diseases under control, including the eradication of smallpox and near eradication of polio.

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05 October 2017

Save the implant! Contraception experts call for urgent action

The lacklustre launch of a revolutionary contraceptive implant could have scuppered hopes of a dramatic reduction in unplanned pregnancies. Reproductive health experts say inadequate training has left family planning clinic staff ambivalent and even negative about the device‚ which is implanted under the skin of the upper arm and lasts for up to three years.

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29 September 2017

Landmark UNAIDS pricing deal to accelerate HIV treatment

Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health, says a landmark pricing deal announced by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), will accelerate the availability of the first affordable, generic, single-pill HIV treatment.

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28 September 2017

World’s largest HIV self-testing initiative moves to South Africa

Over two million HIV self-test kits are set to be distributed across the country, this as the world's largest self-testing programme, HIV Self Testing Africa (STAR) initiative reaches SA shores.

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28 September 2017

New ARV drug a ‘major step forward’ in fight against HIV

HIV/Aids patients on ARV treatment are eagerly awaiting a new drug that is cheaper and more effective. The Dolutegravir drug, a first in South Africa, also has had no major cases of side-effects reported, researchers revealed.

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27 September 2017

Rosettenville Clinic Open Day

Rosettenville Clinic had its open day on September 7, under the slogan: Free access to health care – Prevention is better than cure.

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20 September 2017

New HIV drug safer‚ more effective and cheaper

The new antiretrovirals South Africa will introduce in 2018 are cheaper‚ have far less side effects than current drugs and HIV cannot develop resistance to them.

"It's not often in medicine we get something safer and more effective that is also cheaper. This is a big step forward‚” said Deputy Director of the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute Professor Francois Venter.

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20 September 2017

Young, pregnant and abandoned by the system

There is little support for young, vulnerable pregnant women – and this is fuelling the high number of abandoned and orphaned babies.

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07 September 2017

Testing in your living room

It starts with a swab but does it end with a diagnosis? Why the trickiest part of DIY HIV testing happens after the test. The trick, says Ann Moore as she pulls the small white stick from the plastic packaging, is not just to swab the gums but to scrape them.

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