DENOSA in support of WHO’s new treatment protocols for HIV/AIDS ...

Media statement  
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 
The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) is in full support of the release last week of the new guidelines on HIV treatment by World Health Organisation (WHO), and calls for beefing up of personnel in order for the country get ready for the increased initiation of HIV patients on ARV.  
The new guidelines recommend that initiation of HIV positive patients onto ARVs programme should commence as soon as the patient is diagnosed. South Africa’s HIV guidelines say HIV positive patients should be initiated into ART once their CD4 count is below 500. The new guidelines from WHO is a remarkable improvement.
 As DENOSA, we commend these new guidelines as they are in the best interest of patients to get treatment as opposed to waiting for a patient’s condition to deteriorate before intervening. We encourage our government to embrace this new protocol as soon as possible, as it will have positive spin-offs for the country’s average life expectancy which is likely to increase if we are to follow the guidelines from WHO. 
Economists agree that the main driver of the country’s economy is the health status of its people. DENOSA believes the guidelines give South Africa an opportunity to strengthen the fundamental and the most critical element of the country’s economic growth drive – its people. 
DENOSA strongly believes that few things will have to be taken into cognisance, however, for the country to implement the new recommended guidelines properly, as this will imply that more patients would be on government’s programme. Personnel numbers in the country’s health system is one such element that we believe it must be addressed as a matter of urgency if we are to achieve great results.     
From a nursing perspective, many health centres are well short of nurses in critical areas and in some institutions staff complements are half of what they should be. Implementing the new recommendations would also require the lifting of moratorium on filling in of vacant positions as has been the case in some provinces like North West and Eastern Cape. Or else, queues in our facilities will become longer and severely compromise the quality of patient care in general. 
As DENOSA we are banking on the spirit of our health minister who has been a champion in addressing the HIV pandemic in the country. We hope he receives the necessary cooperation and support from Treasury so that austerity measures don’t suppress the potential of Health Department in improving the lives of citizens.     
Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) 
For more information, contact:
Simon Hlungwani, DENOSA President
Mobile: 079 501 4922
Sibongiseni Delihlazo, DENOSA Communications Manager 
Mobile: 079 875 2663 
Facebook: DENOSA National Page 
Twitter: @DENOSAORG 


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DENOSA Limpopo condemns burning of classrooms at Sekhukhune Nursing Campus ...

Media statement 
Monday, 21 September 2015 
The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in Limpopo condemns in the strongest terms the burning of classrooms and students’ residence at Sekhukhune Nursing Campus at Glen Cowie Village due to what is called service delivery protest by community members last week.  
We acknowledge that the country’s constitution allows citizens to protest or march, but that does not explicitly say protesters are condoned for vandalising of public and private properties. 
The Community of Glen Cowrie set alight the classrooms and the students residence because they are not happy with the selection criteria used by Limpopo Nursing College for admission of applicants in the institution. The Community members allege that the campus admits learners from other districts and local learners are overlooked.
DENOSA Limpopo wants to state categorically that the selection criteria for learners’ intake are open, fair and transparent. The process of selecting applicants is centralised at Limpopo Nursing College at the Provincial level and all applicants are afforded equal opportunity during this process.
The community need to understand that Limpopo is a multicultural province established through integration of three homelands which is the former Lebowa, Venda and Gazankulu. The Province has three dominant languages which are Pedi,Tshivenda and Tsonga.
Limpopo Nursing College recruits learners from fall five districts in the province and allocate them in all its five campuses. Fortunately, others are allocated outside their districts which give them opportunity to learn other cultures within the province. There are learners from Sekhukhune District in Vhembe, Waterberg, Mopani and Capricorn Districts.
The learners and educators are seriously affected by the incident as they are doing final preparations for their final examination which will be starting on the 28th of September 2015. Some educators lost almost everything including clothes, furniture and books.
We want to applaud the Department of Health and SAPS for their speedy response to the incident as both learners and educators were taken to a safe place and provided with psychosocial support from Social workers and Psychologists.
DENOSA Limpopo would like to call on community members to refrain from violence and allow these learners space to prepare for their examination without any fear.
We also make an appeal to SAPS to strengthen security around Sekhukhune Nursing Campus.
Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in Limpopo 
For more information, contact: 
Jacob Molepo, DENOSA Provincial Organiser 
Mobile: 082 410 5567
Tel: 015 297 5033 
Facebook: DENOSA National Page 

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Nursing organisations in SADC called to unite and raise their voice on many health and development challenges ...

Media Statement
Monday, 31 August 2015 
The Southern African Network of Nurses and Midwives (SANNAM) has called on nursing organisations in the Southern Development Community (SADC) to unite and raise their voice and to monitor and evaluate current health strategies in the region in the face of many health challenges under the context of the world's focus beyond Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agenda towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) whose success is largely dependent on the full capacity and empowerment of the health workforce.   
This call was made at the two-day SANNAM 12th Network Meeting by chairperson of SANNAM, Bheki Mamba, at DENOSA head office in Pretoria. The meeting took place between Friday and Saturday and comprised of nursing associations from the 15 SADC countries, which was doing a deep introspection on the sustainability of the Network and its impact in the region.   
The SDGs, which will be ushered to the globe end of September 2015, are goals that chart a roadmap to achieve dignity in the next 15 years by proposing one universal and transformative agenda for the sustainable development, underpinned by 17 development goals rights, and with people and the planet at the centre. These goals are integrated and summarised into set of six essential elements to frame and reinforce the sustainable development agenda and ensure that the ambition and vision is delivered at the country level. The six essential elements are: 
1) Dignity: to end poverty and fight inequality; 
2) People: to ensure healthy lives, knowledge and the inclusion of women and children; 
3) Prosperity: to grow a strong, inclusive and transformative economy;
4) Planet: to protect our ecosystems for all societies and our children;
5) Justice: to promote safe and peaceful societies and strong institutions; 
6) Partnership: to catalyse global solidarity for sustainable development.   
SANNAM conscientised all nursing organisations at the meeting that the delivery of each of the SDGs, especially wellness- and health-related ones, are highly dependent on the empowerment of the health workforce in each country.    
As the new sustainable goals are ready for implementation, which will reign the global developmental agenda until 2030, the Network critically evaluated its current status and readiness to implement the goals and came up with the following way forward at six levels:
-       Nursing organisations to strengthen stakeholders engagements plan with political leadership and parliamentarians in different countries on policy gaps that need to be addressed on health matters in line with the Sustainable Development Goals; 
-       To encourage nurse leaders in all SADC countries to come closer to the profession and not dissociate from it, and impart knowledge; 
-       To make use of SADC protocols on health to address; 
-       Lobby for address of lower salary structures for nurses in many countries; 
-       To address rising levels of nurse unemployment in the region; 
-       To make use of SANNAM to raise the issue of power outages and how it affect functionality of hospitals;
-       Encourage nursing organisations in SADC to make use of social media to raise awareness about Sustainable Development Goals; and  
-       To develop impact assessment and monitoring mechanisms for SANNAM activities     
SANNAM stressed its mission and commitment to the professional and socio-economic welfare of its members and addressing critical healthcare challenges within the SADC region through networking, partnerships and capacity building. 
Issued by Southern African Network of Nurses and Midwives (SANNAM) 
For more information, contact:
Bheki Mamba, SANNAM Chairperson
Mobile: 0026 8761 24086 (based in Swaziland) 
Twitter: @Africa_one

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We are professionals, and let us fight to be recognised as such… 
Vuyolwethu Mashamayite - 20150728_073623
By Vuyolwethu Mashamaite 
Ever since I joined nursing in 2005 I have heard nurses say nursing is a ‘calling’ and it's not about money. I couldn't understand why they said so and I still don't.   
I believe that everyone is called by God to be in the profession or job they are doing, unless nurses consider themselves in the same umbrella as ‘Sangomas’ and ‘Preachers’. Those are the people who will leave their profession or jobs and focus on their calling or do both, regardless of whether they are paid or not. 
Perhaps this could be the reason why nurses are under-paid and left to work in extreme unfavourablecircumstances ...because it’s a "Calling".
Don't get me wrong; I have passion and great respect for human life as a nurse. But I cannot keep quiet. Nurses are the most abused professionals by the employer because they consider themselves "called" instead of being employed professionals.
Nurses you are jack of all trades doing everyone's jobs from a cleaner to a doctor but come pay day you are the ones who cry the most because you are underpaid while doing everyone's jobs. I guess it's the consequences of having been “called" instead of being professional.
We feel so comfortable working out of our scope of practice to an extent that we run a risk of performing tasks that we are not equipped to do. When told it's not your scope of practice you tell us of how long you've been doing this and you didn't kill anyone. But the South African Nursing Counci (SANC) is out there nailing nurses and not considering your "calling" but rather your profession and scope of practice.
What hurts the most is the fact that you studied for four years and someone from another discipline who studied the same years is treated and paid better than you. I guess they are professionals and you are in a "calling". 
Nurses, let's STOP hiding behind "CALLING" and start taking our profession seriously. If you don't do it, no one will do it for you. Like it or not we are professionals and let us fight to be recognised as such. 
Vuyolwethu is a nurse based in Kimberley, Northern Cape   

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From Ntandane Nyebe, a nurse in Cape Town. 

As the backbone of any healthcare system in the world, it is my honest opinion that nurses deserve proper compensation for the hard work they put in in improving the health of South Africans. After all, nurses are the proverbial Alpha and Omega. The following 10 points are the reasons.    

1. We are short staffed- one person does a work that should have been done by 4 people.

2. We have gone through formal education, we have got degrees etc, we are accountable to a nurses' board, we got to be paid decent salaries like Pharmacists and doctors- YES.

3. The health institutions do not have enough of the unskilled workers e.g. porters and cleaners- Nurses are then forced to work as unkilled workers-on top of their scope of practice, when the need arises.

4. There are many instances where doctors go & do shopping at the malls when they are on call, or simply some institutions have shortage of doctors- when an emergency situation arises- a nurse does a work that was supposed to be done by the doctor to save the client. Same case when there no social workers- nurses must run around doing what was supposed to be done by a social worker.

5. We do a risky job - I've heard of many nurses & docs who died from contagious diseases- especially trauma staff.

6. The governing party admitted in 2011 that there is a dire shortage of nurses in SA, which means nursing is a scarce skill in SA and the last time I checked professionals with scarce skills were getting paid higher salaries in SA.

7. We work under bad conditions- institutions with no proper security, lack of proper equipment etc. But we always try and do our best to improvise for the benefit of the clients.

8. Nurses who go & work overseas they don't go there just for fun or to experience different culture- they leave because they feel they are being overlooked by Government in terms of salary- meanwhile SA loses specialised nurses with experience - Government who cares about its people would try and keep nurses by raising salaries.

9. We deserve better. Our Government can afford to increase our salaries by 100%. There is money in SA- we have seen structural developments in SA & they have been built by companies who have been paid millions and billions.

10. ANC Government promised to increase salary of Nurses when they were in Mangaung in 2012/13. 

I Thank You


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The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in its current form was established on 5 December 1996.

The organisation was formed through political consensus after the transition to democracy and was mandated by its membership to represent them and unite the nursing profession. Prior to this, the South African Nursing Council (SANC) and the South African Nurses Association (SANA) were statutory bodies which all nurses had to join. It was also important after the transition to democracy to incorp... Read more