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Limited treatment available but thousands need it

Only 40 tablets were available at this Primary Health Care Clinic – a typical quantity at any given clinic. This is only enough for 10 children! However, an estimated 5.1 million South Africans, mainly rural, are in need of treatment. In spite of severe morbidity and mortality, schistosomiasis remains a neglected disease, especially for girls and women. The World Health Organization recommends regular mass treatment of all school-aged children, and this has also been a South African policy since 2008, all should be treated. If given in childhood, tablets prevent and reduce the socio-economic impact if schistosomiasis.  However, clinics will not be able handle the expected influx of... read more

eLearning workshop

An international group held a workshop for key stakeholders from KwaZulu-Natal, expert researchers, and the Department of Health in order to co-design an eLearning application for health professionals, nursing students, and medical students. read more

Hard at work to prepare research

Port Shepstone Hospital doctors have started on research to improve conditions for patients and staff. Medical manager dr Dlamini was joined by doctors in internal medicine Situnda, Jona and Madikane. All scientists must undergo courses in ethics and projects must go through scrutiny by external experts in ethics. This takes many days and nights of preparation. Thumbs up for dedication!  ... read more