Leading the Way in Burn Care: Two Decades of Success in South Africa

Our skin both protects us from the world and lets us experience it. It fits us perfectly, stretches as we grow, warns us of danger, allows us to feel wind and sun. But it is also delicate. In low-resource areas, where women and children are more likely to spend time around open fires and cooking stoves, serious burn victims experience a trauma that leaves them vulnerable in a way most of us can’t imagine.

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Addressing the Isolation of African Doctors in Rural Areas

“It’s about addressing the professional isolation of rural practice and greasing the wheels of the machine so that ultimately rural doctors are happier and can get on with what they’re trained to do in an environment that works for them.” – Dr. Tim Wilson  This is a guest blog by Lindsay Harris, Jeanette Strydom and Kate Thiers…

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Gates: Tackling TB Through Innovation

Gates notes there is “tremendous opportunity” to reduce TB morbidity and mortality Many people think tuberculosis is a disease of the past, but this ancient epidemic remains a huge global problem. Each year there are 9 million new TB cases and 1.7 million deaths. Yet there is a tremendous opportunity to turn this situation around.…

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The South African Nursing Crisis

This guest blog was written by Michelle Robinson and Jeanette Strydom of Africa Health Placements, a member organization of GHC based in Johannesburg. Recently, AHP published an article entitled “Addressing the South African Nursing Crisis,” which tackled some of the issues surrounding the dysfunctional nursing situation in South African health care facilities. The article, amongst other…

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African Traditional Healers and Curing HIV/AIDS

This guest blog was written by Jeanette Strydom, the relationship officer at Africa Health Placements, a member organization of GHC based in Johannesburg. JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — In South Africa, many people utilize and believe in the strength of traditional healers. There are several types — sangomas (who speak to the ancestors, diviners) or inyangas (herbalists),…

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The Secret of HIV Immunity Among Kenyan Sex Workers

This guest blog was written by Jeanette Strydom, the relationship officer at Africa Health Placements, a member organization of GHC based in Johannesburg. JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — In the last two decades, there have been numerous reports of a group of commercial sex workers in Nairobi’s Majengo red-light district who remain HIV-negative. These women are thought…

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Whoonga: The Cruelest Drug of South African Slums

This guest blog was written by Jeanette Strydom, the relationship officer at Africa Health Placements, a member organization of GHC based in Johannesburg, South Africa. JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — “Whoonga” is a new, deadly drug which is slowly becoming common in South African slums. It was first reported in Durban – but has since spread to…

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South African Mining Industry Recognizes its Key Role in TB/HIV Fight

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — You may think that the title says it all, “The Global Business Coalition Conference on TB, HIV/TB Co-infection and Global Fund Partnership,” but there’s more. Tuesday’s first session, “Lesson’s From the Mining Industry: Turning the Tide on TB/HIV” went deeper into the role of the mining industry in South Africa and…

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South Africa Leads the Way in Health and Development

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Representatives from the private and non-profit sectors, foundations, academia, multilateral organizations, U.S. government, numerous ministries of health and more descended on South Africa this week in the name of global health. Monday marked the beginning of the three-day Global Business Coalition Conference on TB, HIV-TB Co-infection and Global Fund Partnership. On Wednesday…

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The Implications for National Health Insurance in South Africa

This guest blog was written by Jeanette Strydom, the relationship officer at Africa Health Placements, a member of GHC based in Johannesburg, South Africa. JOHANNESBURG, South Africa —The African National Congress’ National General Council recently decided that South Africa will launch its own National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme in 2012 which will be implemented in a…

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