Population Health, Health Systems and Innovation
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.