#Vote4Health | Several political parties dodge questions on how they plan to improve health in Gauteng

#Vote4Health | Several political parties dodge questions on how they plan to improve health in Gauteng

What is at stake in South Africa’s upcoming provincial elections when it comes to healthcare? Ufrieda Ho put questions to five political parties about their plans to get Gauteng Health on track to better healthcare services after the polls. Only two parties responded .

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#Vote4Health | What 10 political parties have to say on Spotlight’s top 7 health questions

#Vote4Health | What 10 political parties have to say on Spotlight’s top 7 health questions

Healthcare is an issue that at some point touches everyone in South Africa. It is also an issue that will impact who people vote for on the 29th of May. To help voters understand just what parties are putting on the table when it comes to healthcare, Spotlight pin-pointed seven critical healthcare questions and put them to 10 political parties.

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From rural doctor to MP? “I hope to continue to serve”, says Dr Karl le Roux

From rural doctor to MP? “I hope to continue to serve”, says Dr Karl le Roux

Dr Karl le Roux, former chair of the Rural Doctors’ Association of South Africa, says the time has come for him to take his knowledge and experience to the national political arena. He is now hoping for a seat in parliament on the DA’s ticket. Sue Segar caught up with him.

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#InTheSpotlight | Diabetes is a leading killer in SA – yet we don’t know who has it or where they are

#InTheSpotlight | Diabetes is a leading killer in SA – yet we don’t know who has it or where they are

Diabetes is the second leading cause of death in South Africa after tuberculosis, according to Statistics South Africa. It is the leading cause of death in women. Yet, despite being a major driver of deaths and illness, we do not have a clear picture of how many people in the country have diabetes or how many people are receiving diabetes care. This leaves our health system ill-equipped to handle the growing diabetes crisis.

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OPEN LETTER | R784 million goes unspent as cancer patients continue to die

OPEN LETTER | R784 million goes unspent as cancer patients continue to die

In this hard-hitting open letter, SECTION27, Cancer Alliance and TAC activists argue that the Gauteng Department of Health has failed in fulfilling its obligations to provide radiation oncology services while over 3 000 cancer patients wait for treatment.

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Chronic kidney disease rates have dropped in people with HIV, but late diagnosis remains a serious problem

Chronic kidney disease rates have dropped in people with HIV, but late diagnosis remains a serious problem

Elri Voigt unpacks the complex effect that HIV has on the kidneys, how HIV and chronic kidney disease has evolved after the roll out of anti-retroviral treatment, and what the situation is now in the country for people living with HIV and chronic kidney disease.

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Health services in the Eastern Cape: What changed since the last elections?

Health services in the Eastern Cape: What changed since the last elections?

Luvuyo Mehlwana looks back at the performance of public healthcare services in the Eastern Cape over the last five years – a term characterised by leadership instability, infrastructure problems, financial short-falls, and of course the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dramatic decline in condom distribution in SA, new figures show

Dramatic decline in condom distribution in SA, new figures show

Condom distribution in South Africa has dropped dramatically over the last five years, finds a Spotlight analysis of data recently published in the Health System Trust’s District Health Barometer.

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Some people still sidelined at health facilities – how do we fix it?

Some people still sidelined at health facilities – how do we fix it?

Nthusang Lefafa looks at the latest Ritshidze report for key populations and speaks to some public healthcare experts about possible solutions to challenges facing those marginalised groups who carry a high burden of the HIV pandemic.

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Stigma, lack of awareness holding back use of HIV prevention pills, experts say

Stigma, lack of awareness holding back use of HIV prevention pills, experts say

Over the last four years South Africa has taken large strides in making HIV prevention pills available at public sector clinics, but uptake has not been as good as some may have hoped. Thabo Molelekwa asks several experts why this might be.

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