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Meeting Report: The Contraceptive Implant in South Africa

South Africa’s new Contraceptive and Fertility Planning Policy and Service Delivery Guidelines were launched in early 2014. These include a focus on expanding access to and uptake of long-acting and reversible methods, through repositioning of existing methods (such as the IUD) as well as introduction of a new method, the subdermal implant. Roll out of the new implant is underway, and recently an article in the Mail and Guardian2,3 highlighted that there are challenges with the service, 

The Cost of the Xpert Diagnostic Algorithm for TB Results of the National TB Cost Model (NTCM) 2011/12 to 2016/17

South Africa bears a large share of the global burden of HIV and tuberculosis co-infection. The GeneXpert System (Cepheid) using the Xpert MTB/RIF assay, a cassette-based cartridge, has provided the possibility of a rapid diagnosis of tuberculosis, while simultaneously providing a rapid screen for rifampicin (RIF) resistance. The assay is highly sensitive and specific for M. tuberculosis (MTB) infection and has received a strong recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO) in