Bob Mash | Three health reforms the new government must prioritise for SA

Bob Mash | Three health reforms the new government must prioritise for SA

To drum up support as South Africans head to the polls, President Cyril Ramaphosa reportedly vowed to “end the apartheid that remains in healthcare” when he hit the campaign trail. Professor Bob Mash has three health reforms on his wishlist for the incoming administration to prioritise.

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Codeine misuse: South Africa set to get new guidelines

Codeine misuse: South Africa set to get new guidelines

In response to high levels of codeine abuse in South Africa, health authorities have been developing a plan to track the supply of the drug from manufacturers all the way to patients. In this Spotlight feature, Jesse Copelyn explores why people get hooked on codeine, and how the new project could combat the problem.

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SA’s flu rates anticipated to return to pre-COVID-19 levels

SA’s flu rates anticipated to return to pre-COVID-19 levels

COVID-19-related factors resulted in several years of lower-than-normal rates of the flu, but experts say that is now something of the past. As this year’s flu season gets under way, Elri Voigt asks several local experts what their expectations are, which flu vaccines are available this year, and whether we should be concerned about new strains of bird flu.

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Comfortable with chaos: ‘Head cowboy’ Dr Shaheem de Vries takes charge of Groote Schuur Hospital

Comfortable with chaos: ‘Head cowboy’ Dr Shaheem de Vries takes charge of Groote Schuur Hospital

From Antarctica to Haiti, to red zones in Cape Town, Dr Shaheem de Vries is accustomed to getting his hands dirty while saving lives. He tells Spotlight’s Biénne Huisman about the new challenges he faces as CEO of Groote Schuur Hospital.

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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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Widely used HIV drug in SA flagged for reports of resistance – but experts say don’t panic

Widely used HIV drug in SA flagged for reports of resistance – but experts say don’t panic

That HIV can develop resistance to the drugs used to treat it is nothing new, but results from recent studies reveal the emergence of resistance in subsets of people living with HIV to dolutegravir – an antiretroviral widely used in South Africa. Top HIV experts spoke to Elri Voigt about the new findings and what it means for people living with HIV in the country.

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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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What we can learn about TB at the autopsy table

What we can learn about TB at the autopsy table

In addition to shedding light on what people actually die of, autopsies can also play an important role in helping us to better understand disease. Tiyese Jeranji unpacks tuberculosis-related autopsy research in the Western Cape and delves into some of the fascinating complexities of this branch of TB research.

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