Population Health, Health Systems and Innovation

The biggest cost burden of Africa's growing diabetes epidemic is borne by the poorest

The number of people with diabetes in Africa will almost triple between 2015 and 2040, rising from 14.2 million to 34.2 million, according to The International Diabetes Federation (IDF). Accurate health and cost data is essential to meeting the problem and providing cost effective treatment and preventative measures. Because of the severity of the complications associated with diabetes, such as kidney failure and heart disease, strained healthcare systems are already struggling to bear the costs.

Diabetes and obesity in South Africa

Prof. Demetre Labadarios of the HSRC's Population Health, Health Systems and Innovation unit features in an article in the latest issue of The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. Prof. Labadarios discusses the “bleak” prognosis regarding diabetes in South Africa.

Study reveals high blood pressure concerns among South Africans

New research reveals that South Africa has a concerning rate of high blood pressure reported among people aged 50 and over.

Analysis of data from a major survey found that 78 per cent of those who took part in South Africa tested positive for high blood pressure, or hypertension. Less than one in 10 people were effectively controlling their condition with medication.

First SA national health and nutrition survey report released

The full report of the first South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (SANHANES), launched by the Health Minister two weeks ago, is now available for download.

the first South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (SANHANES), a comprehensive health and nutrition study that yielded critical information on emerging epidemics of non-communicable diseases. The study also analysed the underlying social, economic, behavioural and environmental factors that drives these diseases in the South African population.

Results of first SA national health and nutrition survey to be released

The CEO of the HSRC, Prof Olive Shisana and the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi invite you to attend a media briefing at the offices of the HSRC, where the results of the first South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (SANHANES-1) will be released.

The CEO of the HSRC, Prof Olive Shisana and the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi invite you to attend a media briefing at the offices of the HSRC, where the results of the first South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (SANHANES-1) will be released. - See more at: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/events/events/media-briefing-sanhanes#sthash.N7SzdEMl.dpuf
The CEO of the HSRC, Prof Olive Shisana and the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi invite you to attend a media briefing at the offices of the HSRC, where the results of the first South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (SANHANES-1) will be released. - See more at: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/events/events/media-briefing-sanhanes#sthash.N7SzdEMl.dpuf
The CEO of the HSRC, Prof Olive Shisana and the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi invite you to attend a media briefing at the offices of the HSRC, where the results of the first South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (SANHANES-1) will be released.

Two milestones for HSRC researcher

Leading researcher Dr Liezille Jacobs has added two major achievements to her impressive resumé for her research,among other notable accomplishments, particularly in the area of alcohol dependence among women who are pregnant and those who are not.

'Mind the gap': Observations in the absence of guidelines for alcohol abstinence among expectant women

This policy brief examines the alcohol consumption policies of the National
Department of Health’s approach to alcohol use in South Africa. In particular, it focuses on the food-based dietary guideline (FBDG) on alcohol promulgated by the Department of Health in 2001: ‘If you drink alcohol, drink sensibly.’ This guideline was re-evaluated in 2011 and the revised FBDG recommended that there should be no alcohol guidelines at all.

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