MaDlamini shares the heartwrenching story of her struggle for answers after her daughter was discharged one day after undergoing surgery to remove a cyst on her brain and eventually passed away.
When Mandla Majola joined the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) his father was not impressed. He had sent his son to study law in the hope that one day he would be somebody. Instead, Mandla gave it all up to join a group of old women walking around in T-shirts that said ‘HIV-positive’.
When the Khayelitsha branch of the Treatment Action Campaigned opened its doors in the early ‘90s there was no way of knowing what an integral role it’s members would play in fight for ARV access.
It has been two years since the National Mental Health Policy Framework and Strategic Plan (2013 – 2020) was released and very little progress has been made in realising the commitments made within its pages.
The inequalities and complexities of the private healthcare system has been the subject of a market inquiry launched in 2014 by the Competition Commission. It is hoped that their findings will help facilitate reform in the sector.
As the judges of the South Gauteng High Court prepare their findings in the massive silicosis class action case, GroundUp’s Pete Lewis reflects on the failure of the compensation system to protect black mineworkers from the disease, condemning them to poverty and destitution.
For decades, gold mining companies in South Africa have failed to take the necessary steps to protect their employees from inhaling dangerously high levels of silica dust. As a result, hundreds of thousands of former mineworkers have developed silicosis or contracted tuberculosis.
The 2015 WHO Global TB Report was launched recently and the main take home message is that if we are to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and End TB Strategy targets, we need to CHANGE. Now, not later. It is already late.