How ‘NHI on wheels’ is making a difference to young people in the Eastern Cape

How ‘NHI on wheels’ is making a difference to young people in the Eastern Cape

The Keready project uses mobile clinics to take healthcare services to rural areas. Sue Segar spent time with the project as they took eye, dental, and other healthcare services to communities in the Eastern Cape.

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New North West health MEC Sello Lehari lacks health experience but vows to prioritise NHI

New North West health MEC Sello Lehari lacks health experience but vows to prioritise NHI

Sello Lehari is the newly-appointed MEC for health in the North West province. Critics have doubts about his deployment while healthcare unions stand ready with several items for his to-do list. Spotlight’s Nthusang Lefafa asked the new MEC about his plans.

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Codeine addiction in SA: New guideline aims to curb abuse

Codeine addiction in SA: New guideline aims to curb abuse

Rehab centres in South Africa have been admitting an increasing number of codeine users in recent years. Now, the country’s medicines regulator has published a draft guideline as part of a broader effort to track suspicious codeine sales. Spotlight’s Jesse Copelyn unpacks the details.

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Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko’s comeback as Gauteng health MEC sparks mixed reactions

Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko’s comeback as Gauteng health MEC sparks mixed reactions

ANC support in Gauteng dipped below 40% in the recent provincial elections and an ANC-lead minority government is now at the helm. Among those in Premier Panyaza Lesufi’s new Cabinet is Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko who’s been reappointed as MEC for health and wellness. Spotlight’s Ufrieda Ho rounds up some responses to her return.

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Of South Africa’s nine health MECs, five are new

Of South Africa’s nine health MECs, five are new

Following South Africa’s 2024 national and provincial elections, the decisions about the top health jobs in the country’s nine provinces have now all been made. Elri Voigt rounds up the appointments.

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EDITORIAL | Motsoaledi’s return could work, but he needs a DG who can say “no minister”

EDITORIAL | Motsoaledi’s return could work, but he needs a DG who can say “no minister”

In some respects, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi was the right person for the job when he was appointed as South Africa’s Minister of Health in 2009. But in 2024, the healthcare context in the country looks very different. Spotlight editor Marcus Low asks what we might expect from this new chapter with Motsoaledi in the top health job.

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Cutting edge robotic surgery: Beacons of excellence at two Cape Town public hospitals

Cutting edge robotic surgery: Beacons of excellence at two Cape Town public hospitals

Within South Africa’s beleaguered public health sector – unsettled by budget cuts, understaffing, and divisive NHI legislation – cutting edge surgical robots that have been used to perform more than 600 surgeries at two Cape Town public hospitals are beacons of excellence that offer a glimmer of hope. Spotlight’s Biénne Huisman visited Dr Tim Forgan at Tygerberg Hospital to learn more.

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From union leader to Free State‘s new health MEC: Monyatso Mahlatsi makes big promises

From union leader to Free State‘s new health MEC: Monyatso Mahlatsi makes big promises

A trade unionist who spent years fighting for the rights of workers, the Free State‘s new health MEC Monyatso Mahlatsi now finds himself on the other side of the table where he might well be forced to make decisions that he would once have protested against. Refilwe Mochoari reports.

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Eastern Cape’s new health MEC Ntandokazi Capa promises improvement, but critics are doubtful

Eastern Cape’s new health MEC Ntandokazi Capa promises improvement, but critics are doubtful

Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane has appointed Ntandokazi Capa as the province’s new MEC for Health. Luvuyo Mehlwana asked Capa about her vision for healthcare in the province and rounds up some early responses to her appointment from healthcare unions and political parties.

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HPV vaccination switching to single-dose and private schools to get government supply

HPV vaccination switching to single-dose and private schools to get government supply

A decade into South Africa’s HPV vaccination programme, the health department is switching from a two-dose to a single dose vaccine regimen and girls in private schools are set to start receiving government subsidised jabs. The vaccine provided, GlaxoSmithKline’s Cervarix, will remain the same. The move is backed by evidence showing one-dose regimens provide similar protection against HPV infection as multi-dose regimens. Catherine Tomlinson reports.

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Why a major finding on HIV and statins may not be that relevant in SA

Why a major finding on HIV and statins may not be that relevant in SA

One of the biggest stories in HIV in the last year was that a class of medicines called statins could help reduce cardiovascular disease in people living with the virus. In response, treatment guidelines in the United States were quickly updated, but the picture is more complicated in South Africa. Spotlight’s Elri Voigt explores why the case for widespread use of statins by people living with HIV is less compelling in South Africa than in some other countries.

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Why affirming treatment for gender questioning youth matters in SA

Why affirming treatment for gender questioning youth matters in SA

Gender-affirming healthcare for transgender youth has sparked intense debate globally. In South Africa, we need to significantly improve accessibility throughout the country, ensure services are well-resourced, include trained healthcare providers skilled in gender affirming care, and offer comprehensive care that integrates mental health and social services, write Jenna-Lee de Beer-Procter and Pierre Brouard, on behalf of fellow board members of the Professional Association for Transgender Health South Africa.

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