Access to Medicines

A healthcare system in crisis: The long road ahead

A healthcare system in crisis: The long road ahead

A Speech by Sibongile Tshabalala, TAC National Chairperson, 11 June 2019, SA AIDS Conference Opening Plenary, Durban.
Why SA’s medicines regulator should consider affordability

Why SA’s medicines regulator should consider affordability

Access to medicines is a complex, but critical issue. SECTION27's Tendai Mafuma and Nomatter Ndebele explore how the South African Health Products ...
ARV stockouts putting lives at risk, says SSP

ARV stockouts putting lives at risk, says SSP

Stockouts of several critical medicines have been reported at healthcare facilities in five provinces, according to a statement from the Stop ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
NHI Bill: Welcome but flawed

NHI Bill: Welcome but flawed

The People’s Health Movement South Africa (PHm-SA) are supportive of the principles that underpin the NHI, but they have several reservations about ...
8 key findings from new district health report

8 key findings from new district health report

The Health Systems Trust last week published the latest edition of the District Health Barometer (DHB). The DHB provides a wealth of district, ...
Steps to consider when proving PrEP in higher-education institutions

Steps to consider when proving PrEP in higher-education institutions

1 October is set to become a memorable day in some higher-education institutions. It marks the day in 2017 that Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) was ...
The state of PrEP access in SA

The state of PrEP access in SA

Thuthukile Mbatha is a researcher at SECTION27, and an advocacy fellow for the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC). She runs an advocacy project ...
Mental health and pill-taking: Getting beyond HIV

Mental health and pill-taking: Getting beyond HIV

“A few weeks ago we lost Prudence Mbele, a beloved long-time activist living openly with HIV, who died of TB. Prudence was famous for her ‘pill ...