Frost & Sullivan Applauds MEDITECH as Provider of Best-in-class Healthcare Informatics Products in Sub-Saharan Africa

The interoperability of MEDITECH’s electronic health record (EHR) platform offers significant value CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Jan. 13, 2016 / PRNewswire — Based on its recent analysis of the healthcare informatics product market, Frost & Sullivan recognises MEDITECH with the 2015 Sub-Saharan Africa Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Leadership. MEDITECH has established its dominance […]

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Innovative “LiveMD” Platform Revolutionizes Health Care Delivery in Countries Where Access To Expert Doctors is Severely Limited & Overpriced

Now patients across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and South America can consult licensed physicians by phone, video or text affordably and immediately – from the comfort of their own home or office. ATLANTA, Jan. 13, 2016 / PRNewswire — For the first time, patients in developing countries can search for and receive expert, highly-specialized […]

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South Africa’s National Credit Regulator (NCR) is urging consumers to get their free credit reports so that they know their credit status and credit scores.

The NCR together, in a joint effort with the Credit Bureau Association (CBA) and credit bureaus, is encouraging consumers to access their free credit reports from any of the 14 registered credit bureaus in a bid to educate consumers about credit information.

Under the National Credit Act (NCA), consumers are entitled to one free credit report annually from each of the 14 registered credit bureaus, says NCR Manager for Education and Communication Mpho Ramapala.

Credit bureaus hold both positive information, such as consumers paying their accounts on time, and negative information, for example when a consumer has fallen behind or defaulted on payments.

Ramapala said here over the weekend that consumers had a right to access and challenge information on their credit records if they believe that it was inaccurate.

“When challenging the credit bureau record, the consumer needs to contact the credit bureau that issued the credit report. The credit bureau has 20 business days to investigate the matter,” she said.

Should a consumer require an additional copy of his or her credit report within the same year, there would be a fee which credit bureaus would charge, said Ramapala.

CBA Executive Manager Jeannine Naudé Viljoen said: “Every person who has an account with a credit or service provider in the country or makes use of credit services will find their payment behaviour information recorded with a credit bureau irrespective of whether that person pays their account regularly or not.

“The purpose of listing information collectively at the credit bureaus is to create a comprehensive view of the consumer for both prospective and existing credit and service providers, to assist them in evaluating new credit or account applications, and also to assist in the management of their relationships with their customers.”

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Progress made in population policy

Pretoria: Considerable progress has been achieved in implementing the objectives of the Population Policy and International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action.

This is according to the Fifteen-Year Progress Review of the Implementation of the Population Policy for South Africa (1998) presented by Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini on Wednesday.

The report shows that many poverty alleviation programmes addressing income, human capital and asset poverty have resulted in more South Africans today having access to some form of household income, even if only in the form of a social grant.

“More South Africans also have access to formal housing, piped water, electricity and decent sanitation. Census 2011 data shows that South Africans overall are enjoying a higher standard of life, particularly in formal urban areas,” the review report noted.

The Minister unveiled the report during the 7th African Population Conference (APC) taking place in Pretoria.

The review report provides a comprehensive assessment of population trends and dynamics since the adoption of the Population Policy for South Africa in 1998 and is also supportive of the priorities identified in the National Development Plan.

The report also covers a broader set of themes including poverty and inequality; migration; population, environment and development; gender; sexual and reproductive health and rights; HIV and Aids; people with disabilities, children, youth and families.

Population priorities

Minister Dlamini said Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) had been identified as the first population priority for the current term of government.

“It is important to note that the SRHR of all who live in South Africa is important and will be addressed, but particular attention will be paid to the sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescents,” said Minister Dlamini.

The second identified population priority is gender equality, equity and the empowerment of women.

Minister Dlamini said specific attention will be paid to combating gender based violence and the unequal relationships that continue to exist between men and women.

The third and fourth priorities deal with the changing population age structure, migration and urbanisation.

“We all know that the South African population age structure has changed and continues to change. These changes have implications for what the South African population will look like in future and we need to start paying attention and prepare for the emerging population and development issues the country will face in the future.

“Specific attention will be paid to all forms of migration and rapid urbanisation as well as issues around the lack of migration data and government’s ability to integrate that data into planning and the subsequent implications for service delivery, particularly at the local level,” the Minister said.

She said an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Population Policy had developed its work programme based on the population priorities and recommendations identified in the review report.


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