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Five health policy priorities for the new administration

Five health policy priorities for the new administration

In its HIV policies government has mostly done good work over the last decade. In other key areas, important policies were never replaced or never finalised.
Regulatory barriers to life-saving and affordable HCV medicines can be overcome

Regulatory barriers to life-saving and affordable HCV medicines can be overcome

A new class of medicines called direct- acting antivirals have revolutionised the treatment of hepatitis C, but access in South Africa remains limited.
Hepatitis C in South Africa: A primer for civil society on the need for action

Hepatitis C in South Africa: A primer for civil society on the need for action

OPINION: When the topic of Hepatitis comes up in conversation amongst people involved in the HIV response, people often confess they know very little about the illness. And yet, globally, viral hepatitis currently causes more deaths than HIV; and while the number of HIV-related deaths are falling, those associated with hepatitis are increasing yearly.
The TB in the air we breathe

The TB in the air we breathe

Ground-breaking research being done in Masiphumelele outside Cape Town aims to answer important questions about how tuberculosis is transmitted.
#FootSoldiers: The biggest and happiest family In Limpopo

#FootSoldiers: The biggest and happiest family In Limpopo

Sally Duigan is never alone, with every move she makes there is a posse of happy, smiling children clinging to her arms, grabbing whatever bit of her clothing is within their reach. Nomatter Ndebele and Thom Pierce went to visit Limpopo's biggest and happiest family.
#FootSoldiers: It’s a bloody affair, but we are all human.

#FootSoldiers: It’s a bloody affair, but we are all human.

Ten years ago, Cape Town nurse Judy Ranape made the decision to become an abortion nurse. It was not easy. It still is not easy. The Catholic nurse told Nomatter Ndebele why she does what she does.
Donor shift threatens adherence clubs in the Free State

Donor shift threatens adherence clubs in the Free State

A shift in donor funding for HIV has endangered the continued existence of successful and effective antiretroviral adherence clubs in the Free State.
#Vote4Health: No road to health in the Northern Cape

#Vote4Health: No road to health in the Northern Cape

By Anso Thom, Marcus Low, Nomatter Ndebele and Thom Pierce (photographs) Calvinia, Sutherland, Fraserburg, De Aar, Keimoes, Kakamas. Join Spotlight on a disturbing road-trip through the Northern Cape public healthcare system. In November 2018 Spotlight travelled through the Northern Cape meeting with doctors, nurses, activists, politicians and community members. After months of follow-up and attempts …

IN FOCUS: #Vote4Health

In this series we will take stock of the state of healthcare services in South Africa 25 years into democracy.

Posted about Treatment in 2017

#Vote4Health: Healthcare after the elections

#Vote4Health: Healthcare after the elections

Who will be South Africa’s next Minister of Health and what will be the impact of May’s national and provincial elections on South Africa’s ongoing health crisis?
#Vote4Health: Lusikisiki push for condoms in schools

#Vote4Health: Lusikisiki push for condoms in schools

In Luskikisiki in the Eastern Cape girls as young as 11 years old are falling pregnant and becoming HIV-infected, prompting renewed calls by the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) that government condoms are distributed at primary schools. Biénne Huisman attended a community meeting in Lusikisiki.
Spotlight’s Vote4Health

Spotlight’s Vote4Health

In the run-up to South Africa’s general elections in May 2019 Spotlight will be publishing a series of articles under the banner #Vote4Health.
#Vote4Health: New hope as Lusikisiki finally gets a new clinic

#Vote4Health: New hope as Lusikisiki finally gets a new clinic

In Lusikisiki, in the OR Tambo District of the Eastern Cape, the so-called Village Clinic had become emblematic of a faltering health system, in a rural area fraught with chronic illness and early death due to rapidly-spreading HIV and tuberculosis. Biénne Huisman went to Lusikiki to take the community's temperature. Photographs, Halden Krog.

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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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