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Mankosi Clinic: The long and winding road to rural healthcare

Mankosi Clinic: The long and winding road to rural healthcare

The Mankosi Clinic story is a long and winding one, very much like the backroads in the Eastern Cape. Kathryn Cleary visited Mankosi Village, where a clinic was built starting in 2010, but eight years later remains empty. This is a story of broken promises and a community with poor access to healthcare.
Tips for Tito!

Tips for Tito!

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni put out a Twitter appeal last week for inputs on his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement which he delivers today. The Rural Health Advocacy Project's Russell Rensburg heeded his call and has compiled some “Tips for Tito”.
OHSC – need we help it to do more?

OHSC – need we help it to do more?

The Rural Health Advocacy Project's Samantha Khan-Gillmore makes a impassioned plea for the Office of Health Standards Compliance to be capacitated to do more.
NHI: A tale of two hospitals

NHI: A tale of two hospitals

National Health Insurance is supposed to shrink the gulf between the public and private health sector. SECTION27 Researcher Thabang Pooe recently experienced both sides in one day. Here she reflects on her observations.
Health4Sale: Loss and more loss in the North West

Health4Sale: Loss and more loss in the North West

Spotlight returned to the North West recently to take the temperature of the health system. Sadly, the picture is not pretty. The health system has faced massive protests at health facilities, rampant corruption, staff shortages, drug supply challenges and a myriad other problems. One mother shared her story of loss.
Health4Sale: More dodgy equipment supplied to the Free State

Health4Sale: More dodgy equipment supplied to the Free State

A company with a track record of supplying inferior medical equipment to the Free State health department recently sent five mobile x-ray units to Pelonomi Hospital, but it had to be returned after a key part of the machines was too short, making it unusable and increasing the risk of radiation exposure for patients. By Anso Thom and Marcus Low
Health4Sale: Government employee represents private company as Free State again prepares to outsource part of ambulance service

Health4Sale: Government employee represents private company as Free State again prepares to outsource part of ambulance service

The Free State Department of Health has advertised a large new three-year private ambulance tender that flies in the face of comments  by Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi that it is not national policy to outsource ambulance services. Spotlight also has evidence that a Municipal government employee attended the pre-bid briefing on behalf of controversial businessman Thapelo Buthelezi. By Marcus Low and Anso Thom
Our health system: Babies are the “canaries in the mine”

Our health system: Babies are the “canaries in the mine”

If our hospitals were mines they would be declared unsafe. Unfortunately though our canary-babies and their mothers can’t choose not to go into the mine. 

IN FOCUS: AIDS2018 Amsterdam

Spotlight reports from the 2018 AIDS Conference in Amsterdam

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AIDS2018 Breaking News: Zero HIV transmissions in PARTNER study after gay couples had sex 77,000 times without condoms – an undetectable viral load stops HIV

AIDS2018 Breaking News: Zero HIV transmissions in PARTNER study after gay couples had sex 77,000 times without condoms – an undetectable viral load stops HIV

By Simon Collins, HIV i-Base On Tuesday 24 July, the results from the extension to the PARTNER study were presented by Alison Rodger at a press conference at AIDS 2018, ahead of the main conference presentation. [1, 2] After eight years the study was unable to find a single linked HIV transmission when viral load …
AIDS2018: Reduction in price of bedaquiline welcome, but is it enough?

AIDS2018: Reduction in price of bedaquiline welcome, but is it enough?

This week the price of bedaquiline in the public sector in South Africa was cut in half. What does this mean for the increased uptake of this critically important TB drug across the world? This week at the International AIDS Conference South Africa’s Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi announced that the South African government …
AIDS2018: Delegates walk out on Sidibe

AIDS2018: Delegates walk out on Sidibe

Hundreds of delegates walked out of the opening of the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam last night in protest when UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe took the stage.  By Kerry Cullinan, Health-e News Service Before the walkout, a group of African women read out a statement describing Sidibe as “aider and abetter of sexual harassment” …
AIDS2018: G23 women draw a line in the sand

AIDS2018: G23 women draw a line in the sand

This is a statement read out by the group of 23 women as Michel Sidibe took to the stage at the opening plenary. “…a political struggle that does not have women at the heart of it, above it, below it, and within it is not struggle at all.” – Arundhati Roy We are the group …
AIDS2018: Humans in the Age of HIV-There was no one who came to visit them at their homes

AIDS2018: Humans in the Age of HIV-There was no one who came to visit them at their homes

By Ngqabutho Mpofu Ronnie came out in the early 1980s, telling his friends and sister that he was homosexual. This was not an easy thing to do, given the traditional Xhosa culture that he is from. He credits his support network for helping him come through that period in his life. Today he works in …
AIDS2018: Time to make AIDS political again

AIDS2018: Time to make AIDS political again

By Anele Yawa Two years ago, we welcomed the world to the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. At a march of ten thousand people we held up banners proclaiming that 20 million people still need treatment. At that conference we said to the world that AIDS is not over – and indeed, the …
AIDS2018: Tangerine, a Thai transgender programme that works

AIDS2018: Tangerine, a Thai transgender programme that works

Almost everyone in the HIV world is talking about providing services to key populations – a ground-breaking project in Thailand is providing an example of how to go about it. They kindly answered Spotlight’s questions.  Q: What is the Tangerine project and how does it work? A: The “Tangerine” Community Health Center is the first …
AIDS2018: Humans in the Age of HIV-There’s no one influencing me anymore

AIDS2018: Humans in the Age of HIV-There’s no one influencing me anymore

By Nomatter Ndebele Gloria lives in Vrededorp, Johannesburg with her partner and her 2-year-old son. She has been on drugs since 2013. Gloria started with Marajuana and then graduated onto harder drugs. She currently smokes Crystal Meth, which Is available in her neighborhood for R50 a hit (less than U$4). “I used to smoke rocks …

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Cutting-edge youth services

Cutting-edge youth services

The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) is implementing a number of innovative youth-focused health services around Cape Town. Others could learn from their approach and successes.
Bill would roll back right to choose

Bill would roll back right to choose

  Thabang Pooe, SECTION27 A new Bill threatens the very essence of a woman’s right to bodily integrity and reproductive decision-making, as well as the right to dignity. Wednesday 31 January 2018 marked the 21st anniversary of the adoption of the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act (CTOPA). CTOPA states clearly that every woman, regardless …
Contraception: DBE Draft Policy on the Prevention and Management of Learner Pregnancy

Contraception: DBE Draft Policy on the Prevention and Management of Learner Pregnancy

Thabang Pooe, SECTION27 The results of the last Annual School Survey, released in 2017, sent shock waves through the country. According to the survey, an estimated 15 740 learners fell pregnant in the previous academic school year – that’s roughly 43 every day. This was described by Minister of Education Angie Motshekga as a major …
We are failing young women in South Africa

We are failing young women in South Africa

Thuthukile Mbatha, Guest Editor, Spotlight Note: This is the editorial from a special print edition of Spotlight guest-edited by young people. Every week in South Africa, around two thousand young women and girls between the ages of 15 and 24 become HIV positive. More than one in ten women and girls in this age group …

Videos

Cry Ndlovu Cry

Cry Ndlovu Cry

Ndlovu Care Group and patients have been at the centre of a battle with the Limpopo health MEC who ended the contract and wants the almost 4 000 healthy HIV patients transferred to battling state clinics.
VIDEO: #FireBenny

VIDEO: #FireBenny

The Treatment Action Campaign and partners recently held a meeting to establish the Free State People’s Health Coalition. More than 500 TAC members also took to the streets and delivered memorandums to the police and National Prosecuting Authority demanding an update on the charges against Health MEC Dr Benny Malakoane. This is a short clip of …
VIDEO: The Price of Gold

VIDEO: The Price of Gold

  Judgment in the historic Silicosis Class Action, Bongani Nkala and 55 Others v Harmony Gold Mining Company Ltd and 31 Others, will be handed down in the South Gauteng High Court tomorrow (Friday 13 May 2016) at 9am. If the class is certified it will be the largest class to ever be certified in South Africa and …
VIDEO: TB Aware: Nulda Beyers

VIDEO: TB Aware: Nulda Beyers

TB scientist Professor Nulda Beyers speaks about the critical needs to employeers to enable employees to get tested and treated for TB. Credit: Thom Pierce

 

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