Healthcare Workers

Five health policy priorities for the new administration

Five health policy priorities for the new administration

In its HIV policies government has mostly done good work over the last decade. In other key areas, important policies were never replaced or never ...
#FootSoldiers: It’s a bloody affair, but we are all human.

#FootSoldiers: It’s a bloody affair, but we are all human.

Ten years ago, Cape Town nurse Judy Ranape made the decision to become an abortion nurse. It was not easy. It still is not easy. The Catholic nurse ...
#FootSoldiers: Do the work that nobody wants to do

#FootSoldiers: Do the work that nobody wants to do

At the start of the nineties, very few doctors were willing to take up the fight against TB. Faced with the option of Oncology or TB, Van Rensburg ...
#FootSoldiers: Umsebenzi wama CHWs – Bringing hope and life to the community of Sweetwaters

#FootSoldiers: Umsebenzi wama CHWs – Bringing hope and life to the community of Sweetwaters

Spotlight has gone in search of the foot soldiers of the health system, the folk who get the job done quietly and with little fanfare. Nomatter ...
North West doctors release open letter calling for end to closure of health services

North West doctors release open letter calling for end to closure of health services

Over 70 North West doctors have released an open letter expressing their concern over the impact the ongoing labour action is having on the delivery ...
SA’s new AIDS plan falls short on community health workers

SA’s new AIDS plan falls short on community health workers

By Sasha Stevenson- South Africa’s new National Strategic Plan (NSP) on HIV, TB and STIs will be launched on March 24.
The work of a nurse

The work of a nurse

By Mary-Jane Matsolo ‛There is a huge difference between a clinic nurse and a government hospital nurse. Clinic nurses usually do referrals, unlike ...
Getting the system to work

Getting the system to work

By Ufrieda Ho - Staff shortages remain a massive challenge for the public health service.
Community health workers: A Spotlight in-depth feature

Community health workers: A Spotlight in-depth feature

The role of community health workers in the South African public healthcare system has been unclear and controversial. How many do we need? What ...
Judgement reserved in Bophelo House 94 appeal

Judgement reserved in Bophelo House 94 appeal

By Nomatter Ndebele A full bench of the Bloemfontein High Court today reserved judgement in the appeal of the so-called Bophelo House 94. In July ...

New Emergency, New urgency

By Nomatter Ndebele - Following a 10 000-strong activist march on the first day of the International AIDS conference in Durban, the Treatment Action ...

So many have forgotten

By Vuyiseka Dubula - I was just months away from knowing my own HIV status when, in the year 2000, the people took over the streets of Durban marking ...