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Presidential Health Summit report released

Presidential Health Summit report released

Will the Presidential Health Summit be a turning point? The pill the sick and ailing health system needs? Only time will tell, but yesterday the ...
Make the health system, not health politics, a priority in this SONA

Make the health system, not health politics, a priority in this SONA

South Africa has been “on the brink” of major health system change for almost a decade. National Health Insurance (NHI) has been the buzz-phrase ...
Ailing Nation – The things SONA Won’t Say About the Health Crisis

Ailing Nation – The things SONA Won’t Say About the Health Crisis

Tonight when President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his second state of the nation address (SONA) he will say very little about the actual health of the ...
Provinces make progress with AIDS plans

Provinces make progress with AIDS plans

All nine of South Africa’s provinces have finalised their NSP provincial implementation plans and six out of nine provincial AIDS councils are ...
South Africa urgently needs an antiretroviral pregnancy registry

South Africa urgently needs an antiretroviral pregnancy registry

South Africa urgently needs a pregnancy register to help establish whether an important new antiretroviral medicine causes birth abnormalities, ...
Opinion: The devastating cost of the North West strikes

Opinion: The devastating cost of the North West strikes

Nearly a year on from the crippling health sector strikes in the North West province the full cost is still to emerge. UFRIEDA HO reflects that even ...
Dolutegravir- why new does not automatically mean better

Dolutegravir- why new does not automatically mean better

While the advantages of the new antiretroviral drug dolutegravir have been extensively reported, the potential disadvantages have received relatively ...
Report exposes bullying, harassment and abuse at UNAIDS

Report exposes bullying, harassment and abuse at UNAIDS

An independent commissioned following multiple allegations of sexual harassment and bullying by senior staff at UNAIDS has been released telling a ...
12 questions answered on the state of SAHPRA

12 questions answered on the state of SAHPRA

In February 2018 the Medicines Control Council was replaced by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority. Spotlight sent SAHPRA 12 ...
Is South Africa on track to meet NSP targets?

Is South Africa on track to meet NSP targets?

On World AIDS Day 2018 we assess how South Africa is faring against 10 key targets set in the National Strategic Plan (NSP) on HIV, TB and STIs 2017 ...
Six advantages of dolutegravir

Six advantages of dolutegravir

Dolutegravir is a critically important antiretroviral medicine that is set to become the backbone of South Africa and many other countries’ HIV ...
Let women decide whether they want to take dolutegravir

Let women decide whether they want to take dolutegravir

An important new antiretroviral medicine will soon become available to people living with HIV in various Sub-Saharan African countries. ...
Letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa: Send a message to world leaders to commit financially to fighting Aids

Letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa: Send a message to world leaders to commit financially to fighting Aids

Dear Honourable President Ramaphosa, Greetings. Thank you for your tireless efforts to try to eradicate corruption and State Capture. We hope that ...
The SADMON Files 5: When social media doesn’t go viral

The SADMON Files 5: When social media doesn’t go viral

In 2015 Sadmon Projects and Consulting was awarded a three-year, R352 million communications contract by the Department of Health. The tender was for ...
The SADMON Files 4: Autopsy of the Phila communications campaign

The SADMON Files 4: Autopsy of the Phila communications campaign

In 2015 Sadmon Projects and Consulting was awarded a three-year, R352 million communications contract by the Department of Health. Spotlight analysis ...
The SADMON Files 3: Red Ribbon or red flag?

The SADMON Files 3: Red Ribbon or red flag?

In 2015 Sadmon Projects and Consulting was awarded a three-year, R352 million communications contract by the Department of Health. An essential part ...
Sadmon threatens Spotlight with legal action

Sadmon threatens Spotlight with legal action

Spotlight today received a letter from lawyers representing Sadmon Consulting CC and its sole director Mr Cyril Sadiki threatening legal action ...
The SADMON Files 2: How not to manage a government contract

The SADMON Files 2: How not to manage a government contract

In 2015 Sadmon Projects and Consulting was awarded a three-year, R352 million communications contract by the Department of Health. Documents obtained ...
The SADMON files 1: Government pushed R352m to controversial communications company

The SADMON files 1: Government pushed R352m to controversial communications company

In 2017 Spotlight lodged a Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) application for all documents relating to a R352-m health department ...
NHI shenanigans exposed

NHI shenanigans exposed

Presidential Advisor Dr Olive Shisana and Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi appear to have side-lined senior Department of Health and Treasury ...