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  • Taking stock of immunization in South Africa 30 June 2014 -- Immunization averts some 2.5 million premature deaths a year according to estimates and protects millions of children from illness and disability. Parents and children attending a South African clinic are among those today who will reap the benefits of routine immunization from the first days of life.
  • Pricing and competition in specialist medical services, an overview for South Africa The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has officially released a report on Pricing and competition in specialist medical services on a seminar organized by the WHO South Africa on Tuesday 17 June 2014. This paper argues that South Africa should separate the task of establishing a schedule of medical services from negotiations over overall payments to medical professionals. It covers international experiences on the pricing of specialist medical services, competition policy and select models where the public payer…
  • 14th African Rotavirus Network Training Workshop: 26 May- 6 June, 2014 WHO AFRO and WHO Rotavirus Regional Reference Laboratory for Africa at Medunsa Campus, Pretoria, partnered to carry out the 14th African Rotavirus Network Training Workshop at the University of Limpopo, Medunsa campus, just completed on 6 June. The workshop involved participants from 14 African countries (Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya [Siaya sentinel site], Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania [Zanzibar sentinel site], Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe). The meeting this year focused on the IDENTIFICATION AND MOLECULAR CHARACTERISATION OF ROTAVIRUS, and…
  • 87% coverage in first round of introduction of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccination South Africa completed first round of the introduction of the Human Papilloma virus (HPV) Vaccination reaching 325 642 out of 373 109 targeted 9 years old girls in grade four according to preliminary reportsgiving a learner coverage of 87% .   Vaccinating against HPV will offer the girls time to develop an immune response before being sexually active and exposed to HPV infection.  In South Africa, the incidence of cervical cancer is reported to be between 22.8 and 27 per 100…
  • 12 Countries Complete WHO Training on System of Health Accounts (SHA) The Health Accounts Teams Members from 12 countries that are in the process of undertaking a health accounts exercise and taking steps to institutionalize the process have completed a WHO training on System of Health Accounts (SHA) that took place from 26 – 30 May 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa. The participating countries were Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Namibia, Nigeria, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. The training focused on expenditure tracking by disease to respond to…

BRICS and global health: a call for papers

Pascal Zurn, Marie-Andrée Romisch-Diouf, Shambhu Acharya, Sarah Louise Barber, Natela Menabde, Luigi Migliorini, Joaquin Molina & Michael J O’Leary

In recent decades, the influence of Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) within the international arena has increased enormously.1 These countries represent around 25% of the world’s gross national income, more than 40% of the world’s population and about 30% of the world’s land area.2 Although much attention has been paid to their economic performance, less widely noted is the fact that these countries are uniquely positioned to exert a decisive influence on health at the global level. 

Harmonization for Health in Africa (HHA) South Africa Progress Report [pdf: 119.55 kB]

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Investing in Health for Africa [pdf: 1.65 MB]

Tunis Declaration on Value for Money, Sustainability and Accountability in the Health Sector [pdf: 289.08 kB]

Harmonization for Health in Africa  [pdf: 397.07 kB]

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