By Munyaradzi Makoni(scidev.net) Primary healthcare in South Africa is notoriously overstretched and under-resourced, making the daily demands of record-keeping, home visits and patient monitoring a challenge for workers. Telemedicine — the remote provision of healthcare using information and communications technology (ICT) — holds great promise for a country with a
By Tyson Ngubeni Merck, a German-based pharmaceutical company, has added to a growing amount of mobile-health (m-health) programmes across Africa, channelling efforts to boost SMS-based support systems to help diabetic patients manage their condition.The “Capacity Advancement Programme” also aims to introduce an e-learning component to its clinical diabetes management course
By Michelle Ma, University of Washington engineers and physicians have developed a smartphone application that checks for jaundice in newborns and can deliver results to parents and pediatricians within minutes. It could serve as a screening tool to determine whether a baby needs a blood test – the gold standard
Hemafuse was designed at the request of clinicians at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana by Sisu Global Health. Autologous blood transfusion utilizes the concept of blood salvage, in which the patient’s own blood is removed and re-transfused into their body. This is an important concept in developing nations,
A new cellphone-based application, MomConnect, is expected to register all pregnant women in South Africa for an SMS service which provides information and advice on pregnancy, as well as a channel to notify the department about poor service. Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, who launched MomConnect at the Soshanguve
By STEPHEN MAYHEW: A Michigan State University professor is working on a fingerprint recognition method to track the vaccination schedules of infants and toddlers, which will boost immunization coverage and ultimately save the lives of children in developing countries, according to a report by Michigan State University Today.
Entitled “Waves of Change”, the 15th Annual Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) Southern African Conference will tackle the issues of a private healthcare sector which is in flux as the days of business as usual are over. According to Dr Rajesh Patel, Chairman of the BHF, the convention’s primary focus