MPs were caught up in a foxtrot of hypotheticals and assurances over COVID-19 with Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize and senior officials in Parliament today. Mkhize and his department briefed MPs in the Portfolio Committee on Health on COVID-19 ahead of a debate on South Africa’s readiness for an outbreak in the National Assembly tomorrow.
Since the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic, many countries scaled up efforts to contain the virus. By March 18 the global number of cases reportedly surpassed the 200 000 mark. Here are some highlights in developments since the outbreak in Wuhan, China.
Between President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ongoing new dawn and important healthcare reforms, 2020 will be a critically important year for healthcare in South Africa. Spotlight formulated eight questions to set out what is at stake.
The Children’s Institute’s much-anticipated annual Child Gauge report was launched earlier this week and puts the state of children’s rights in focus while highlighting the need for a number of key interventions.
Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Health wrapped up the last public hearings on the NHI Bill for this year on Monday in King William’s Town. Here is the hearings in pictures.
The effective functioning of local AIDS councils can be hampered by something as basic as taxi fare members need to attend meetings. Now one Mpumalanga municipality is giving grassroots activists financial support to help with the basics they need to mobilise, organise and implement the local AIDS council’s action plans. UFRIEDA HO reports.
The recently released outputs of the Thembisa mathematical model of HIV in South Africa allow us to compare the burden of HIV at the provincial level and see how close each province comes to achieving the 90-90-90 targets. We made some graphs to explore the data.