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Prioritising and mapping barriers to achieve equitable surgical care in South Africa: a multi-disciplinary stakeholder workshop.

Background Inequitable surgical care in South Africa is inequitable due to a significant lack of funding in the public health sector. Identifying barriers to care and establishing research goals to eliminate these barriers will help facilitate equitable access to quality surgical care. South Africa's goal is to identify obstacles to surgical care and identify priorities in order to ensure equitable and timely access to quality surgical care. Results Thirty-four stakeholders, including health service users, physicians, and community representatives were among the exercise's participants. Conclusions This workshop is the first of its kind to collect data on South Africa's surgical treatment delays. Further study on the identified priorities will help promote equitable access to quality surgical care in South Africa.

Source link: https://europepmc.org/article/MED/35730572


Perceptions of managerial staff on the patient safety culture at a tertiary hospital in South Africa.

Background Hospital administrators are the most well-suited and located to improve patient safety culture in their organizations, which is also suited and situated to raise patient safety culture. Aim This paper was published in South Africa to provide insight into ten managerial employees' attitudes towards the patient safety environment at a tertiary academic hospital. Participants outlined various aspects of the hospital's patient safety culture, including an overview of patient safety, implementation of patient protection services, issues with patient protection, current patient health, and ways to raise the hospital's patient safety culture.

Source link: https://europepmc.org/article/MED/35445629


Estimating the healthcare cost of overweight and obesity in South Africa.

This represents a significant challenge to health care and society in South Africa. Objective From the perspective of the South African public sector payer, our aim was to determine the healthcare costs associated with weight-related illnesses. Methods Using a bottom-up gross costing model, this report gathers data from multiple sources to estimate the direct healthcare cost of overweight and obesity in South Africa. Population Attributable Fractions were estimated and multiplied by each disease's total treatment cost to treat overweight and obesity. This amounts to 15. 38 percent of government health expenditures and is equivalent to 0. 6 percent of GDP. The annual per person price of overweight and obesity is ZAR2,769. According to Sensitivity reports, the total overweight and obesity expenditures are between ZAR30,369 million and ZAR36,207 million. Conclusion This report has shown that overweight and obesity pose a major financial burden on South Africa's public health care system.

Source link: https://europepmc.org/article/MED/35389331


'I know what I should be feeding my child': foodways of primary caregivers of Child Support Grant recipients in South Africa.

Methods We conducted a total of 40 in-depth interviews and 5 focus group discussions with primary caregivers of Child Support Grant recipients younger than 5 years in the Eastern and Western Cape provinces aged between 5 and 5. Conclusions The foodways of recipients of social care services can only be more coordinated with nutrition information and policies if cash transfer changes are made, and the food environments of low-income households that determine access to, availability and affordability of nutritious foods can only be better coordinated with diet messaging and policies. In any efforts to improve the food system of low-income communities in South Africa and similar settings, local informal food enterprises play a vital role in the CSG recipients' diet and must be included.

Source link: https://europepmc.org/article/MED/35156565


Burden of mortality linked to community-nominated priorities in rural South Africa.

The burden of mortality is poorly understood by community perceptions of risk. In rural South Africa, where a complex health transition is underway, it is estimated that the burden of mortality reflects community-nominated health risk factors. Methods of Research Methods Through a Participatory Action Research process, a cross-section of the community developed health priorities for a Participatory Action Research process. Deaths were categorized as "attributable at least in part" to community-nominated risk factors in the absence of death by the PAF using population attributable fractions from Global Burden of Disease data for South Africa, and if the PAF of the risk factor to death was > 0. We also calculated'reduced mortality fractions,' a measure of relative risks of mortality in the population. Community knowledge is a vital resource in determining local health risks.

Source link: https://europepmc.org/article/MED/35060841


Exploring healthcare workers' experiences of managing patients returning to HIV care in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Background and motivations In South Africa, patients in HIV treatment remain a significant barrier to achieving the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals. Anova Health Institute's January 2019 effort to encourage patients who had stopped antiretroviral therapy to return to care. The Welcome Back campaign included health care staff preparations and the introduction of Mu00e9decins Welcome Services principles. The aim of this research was to investigate the experiences of healthcare professionals treating patients reinitiating antiretroviral therapy following education, including barriers and facilitators. Patients returning to care successfully were handled by the majority of healthcare professionals. After training, twenty-five percent said they had seen/heard other healthcare professionals act unkindly toward returning patients. According to many participants, 78% of the Welcome Back campaign helped increase client-provider relationships. Conclusions The Welcome Back campaign encouraged healthcare professionals to raise patient service delivery for patients reiniting antiretroviral therapy.

Source link: https://europepmc.org/article/MED/35037586


Current and future agronomic perspectives on rainfed soybean production systems in South Africa

The benefits of including soybean in a maize monoculture production scheme have been identified, but crop rotation results on yield in combination with newly introduced agronomic measures such as no-u2010tillage and crop residue retention are variable. Multiple ways to raise water use efficiency are available by limiting water availability during the reproductive growth stages, where yield components are particularly volatile. Surface runoff and evaporation losses can be minimized by less stringent soil tillage techniques with increased residue retention.

Source link: https://europepmc.org/article/MED/IND607715245


The ethnobotany and antimicrobial activity of selected medicinal plants from Ga-Mashashane, Limpopo Province, South Africa

Despite the numerous ethnobotanical studies that have been carried out in the Limpopo Province in recent years, some areas such as Ga-Mashashashane have yet to be investigated, including Ga-Mashashashashashane. The new study aims to collect ethnomedicinal data of the plant species used medicinally for the prevention of gastrointestinal, respiratory, skin, and sexually transmitted infections in the Ga-Mashashashashashashashashashanie area, as well as establishing the use of the medicinal plant species based on their antimicrobial properties. Twelve new medicinal uses were recorded from 11 species of plants, while Senecio barbertonicus, one species of Senecio barbertonicus, has been identified for the first time in South African Materia Medica. Several of the pathogens tested were also found seven plant species with notable antimicrobial activity against some of the pathogens tested. The study has found that medicinal plant use in the Ga-Mashashashashane area is in accordance with other South African cultures.

Source link: https://europepmc.org/article/MED/IND607797787


A new species of Cyrtanthus (Amaryllidaceae: Cyrtantheae) from the Agulhas Plain, Western Cape, South Africa

The florescent Cyrtantheae from the low-lying Agulhas Plain, South Africa, has been named a new species of Cyrtanthus within the monogeneric tribe Cyrtantheae. C. novus-annus and C. guthrieae, as well as in the sister pair Brunsvigia and B. marginata, from contrasting habitats in Swartland lowland's sandstone mountains, respectively, suggest a morphological similarity and close proximity of their habitats.

Source link: https://europepmc.org/article/MED/IND607771785


Measurement of kidney function in Malawi, South Africa, and Uganda: a multicentre cohort study.

Background The prevalence of kidney disease in several African countries is unknown. Equations used to measure kidney function from serum creatinine's serum creatinine's lack of regional validation. We wanted to find the most reliable way to measure kidney function and thus estimate the prevalence of impaired kidney disease in African populations. We compared the results of creatinine and cystatin C-based estimation equations to mGFR, modelled and validated a new creatinine-based equation, and developed a multiple imputation model developed on the mGFR sample, modeling age, sex, and creatinine as the variables that determine the prevalence of impaired kidney disease in west, east, and southern Africa. Results For 2578 participants who had complete data and good quality measurements, we reviewed findings from 3025 people who underwent measured GFR testing. There was a lot more than double the estimated from creatinine for those with low kidney health, such that the percentage with GFR of less than 60 mL/min per 1 million is more than double that estimated. The estimated prevalence of impaired kidney function in six African nations was more than two times higher than creatinine-based estimates. Interpretation An estimated GFR using serum creatinine significantly underestimates the individual and population burden of poor kidney function in Africa, which may have ramifications of disease progression and complications, medical care, and service delivery.

Source link: https://europepmc.org/article/MED/35839814

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