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Weight gain with new antiretrovirals: Its complicated

Weight gain with new antiretrovirals: Its complicated

The ARV dolutegravir will soon become part of standard first line HIV treatment in South Africa. Two leading experts discuss what we do and do not ...
Doc explains healthcare for transgender people

Doc explains healthcare for transgender people

Dr Anastacia Tomson outlines the barriers to adequate, safe and informed health care for transgender people.
Stockout of Depo-Testosterone is life threatening

Stockout of Depo-Testosterone is life threatening

Depo-Testosterone, an affordable injectable hormone, has been out of stock in South Africa for more than three months. The shortage has been ...
System-wide neglect of the transgender population

System-wide neglect of the transgender population

The recent stock-out of a hormone used in gender-affirming treatment for transgender men has revealed a system-wide neglect of a large sector of the ...
#Vote4Health: Still no end in sight to orthopaedic disaster in Free State

#Vote4Health: Still no end in sight to orthopaedic disaster in Free State

Orthopaedic surgery backlogs have become old news at Bloemfontein’s Pelonomi Hospital, but it’s still fresh hell for the patients admitted every ...
New guides to advocating in AIDS councils

New guides to advocating in AIDS councils

Spotlight has developed two new advocacy guides for members of provincial or district AIDS councils. One focuses on TB prevention and the other on ...
Silicosis: The names in Paragraph 7

Silicosis: The names in Paragraph 7

Photographer Thom Pierce reflects on the news that 10 out the original 56 applicants in the silicosis class action have died. Pierce was a key part ...
New science: Highlights from CROI2019

New science: Highlights from CROI2019

Last week the Conference for Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) was held in Seattle, USA. Spotlight did not attend this year’s ...
Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal Circulars on migrants may be a sign of things to come

Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal Circulars on migrants may be a sign of things to come

OPINION: The first few days of March 2019 must have been a time of great uncertainty for migrants in South Africa in need of health care services. ...
Vote4Health: Artist colony paints dull picture for rural healthcare

Vote4Health: Artist colony paints dull picture for rural healthcare

With less than 2 000 residents, one small government clinic and the nearest hospital 40 kilometres away, Hamburg residents in the small Eastern Cape ...
Health4Sale: Limpopo air ambulance service grounded after dodgy contract

Health4Sale: Limpopo air ambulance service grounded after dodgy contract

Two doctors who run a small-scale ambulance service in Louis Trichardt (Makhado) in Limpopo with no aeromedical experience, landed a lucrative air ...
In-depth: The problem of stopping or not starting HIV treatment

In-depth: The problem of stopping or not starting HIV treatment

Many people in South Africa living with HIV never start taking antiretroviral treatment, or start and then stop. Spotlight asked the experts how big ...
Analysis: How a cutting edge medicine made it to SA’s new ARV tender

Analysis: How a cutting edge medicine made it to SA’s new ARV tender

New medicines usually take many years or even decades to reach public sector patients in South Africa. One new HIV medicine is an exception.
Strike terrifies mental health patients in North West

Strike terrifies mental health patients in North West

A group of workers staged a strike at Witrand psychiatric hospital in Potchefstroom trashing several sections in the facility and terrifying mental ...
Will the President cure the health system?

Will the President cure the health system?

Last year's Presidential Health Summit was supposed to be a big step towards saving our health system. Last week was the release of a report on the ...
Four healthcare priorities for South Africa’s budget

Four healthcare priorities for South Africa’s budget

Russell Rensburg of the Rural Health Advocacy Project outlines four healthcare priorities for today’s critical budget.
UN Committee finds austerity measures implemented in SA “may further worsen inequalities”

UN Committee finds austerity measures implemented in SA “may further worsen inequalities”

The United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has called for more inclusive economic policies and a review of fiscal policy to ...
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 ...