Clinical Excellence and the Niceties of Value-Based Priority Setting (Issues in Medicine) (National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence) (Report)

Clinical Excellence and the Niceties of Value-Based Priority Setting (Issues in Medicine) (National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence) (Report)

In an environment where debates about tertiary care viability in South Africa are characterised more by stridency than logic, it is refreshing to encounter positive suggestions such as those from Kenyon et al. (1) They suggested that scrutiny of expensive new medications and technologies by a NICE-like body would lead to appropriate rationing. NICE refers […]

Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine--a Health Priority (Original Articles)

Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine–a Health Priority (Original Articles)

Pneumonia is a major cause of childhood mortality and morbidity. Streptococcus pneumoniae is the most important bacterial pathogen causing pneumonia in children. The HIV epidemic has increased the burden and severity of childhood pneumococcal pneumonia and invasive disease fortyfold. Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) is a highly effective intervention to reduce invasive pneumococcal disease and pneumonia. […]