2nd Southern African Nursing Conference: 11 November

The Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) is pleased to announce the launch of the 2nd Southern African Nursing Conference, that will take place virtually...

Outcome Measuring and Reporting – Vital to fixing the potholes in...

Outcomes measurement and reporting (OMR) have the potential to address many failings in the South African health system. However, despite agreement among most stakeholders...

Available scientific evidence on COVID-19 vaccine efficacy does not support boosters...

An expert review by an international group of scientists, including some at the WHO and FDA, concludes that, even for the delta variant, vaccine...

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Here are some of the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting during the past week: ‘Negligence problem threshold’ of medical error criminalisation...

First Covid-19 vaccine trial in South African children commences

 As more and more data become available of the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines to prevent severe disease and death, South Africa will today (10...

IPAF, SAMA submit objections to ‘potentially dangerous’ pharmacist proposals

The Independent Practitioners Association Foundation (IPAF) and the SA Medical Association (SAMA) have both submitted comprehensive written objections to the SA Pharmacy Council (SAPC)...

Webinar to address scientific and ethical considerations for mandatory vaccination

Discovery Health, together with SAMA, UFFP and SAPPF’s weekly CPD accredited webinar to be presented tonight (9 September) at 19:00 will provide an update...

Wits and Netcare team up to vaccinate students and staff

Caption: Vaccinated and pictured at the launch of the site at Wits (left to rightr, are (left to right) Jerome September, dean of Wits...

Current guidelines may lead to antibiotic overuse for SARS-CoV-2 pneumonia

Current guidelines for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pneumonia would result in overuse of antibiotics at the time of intubation, researchers in a study published...

Zuid-Afrikaans Hospital documentary on HCW’s Covid-19 fight to air on M-Net

“Somewhere there is a light at the end of this tunnel. We have to believe it. Let’s hope for the dawn to break.”  Those are...

‘Negligence problem threshold’ of medical error criminalisation in SA

A “massive engagement between all parties” which would include the NPA, the HPCSA and the doctor groups, must be made to close the loop...

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Here are some of the articles MedBrief Africa readers found the most interesting in the past week

Dr Phil Matley elected as new SAPPF Chair

Dr Phil Matley has been unanimously elected as the new chairperson of the South African Private Practitioners Forum (SAPPF) at a recent Directors Meeting. He succeeds...

Nicholas Crisp appointed acting Deputy DG of Health

Dr Nicholas Crisp has been appointed acting Director-General of Health, only a day after rumours started to surface that the DG, Dr Sandile Buthelezi could...

Double vaccination halves risk of long COVID, study finds

Adults who have received a double vaccination are 49% less likely to have Long COVID should they contract a COVID-19 infection, a new study...

Netcare awards top honour to highly respected specialist posthumously

Netcare has bestowed its top award, the Christiaan Barnard Memorial Award, posthumously on highly respected specialist physician and nephrologist, Dr Hendrik Viljoen (pictured above),...

TRIPS waiver for vaccine manufacture: ‘well-intentioned, but unfeasible’*

South Africa’s Department of Health has revealed that over 12.2 million COVID-19 vaccines1 have been administered so far, with 5.8 million people completely vaccinated2...

Doctors spreading unfounded opinions about COVID-19: What are the implications?

One of the big challenges in curbing the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide has been the polarisation of beliefs around key issues such as vaccines, treatments,...