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KZN’s HIV and TB plan: Good on structure, low on detail

KZN’s HIV and TB plan: Good on structure, low on detail

Each of South Africa’s nine provinces is supposed to have an HIV and TB plan that guides provincial implementation of the National Strategic Plan. ...
New HIV estimates shows too many people are still not on treatment

New HIV estimates shows too many people are still not on treatment

South Africa has made great strides in scaling up HIV testing and increasing HIV suppression in patients receiving antiretroviral treatment (ART), ...
Dear Premier Zamani Saul, the Northern Cape health system is in your hands.

Dear Premier Zamani Saul, the Northern Cape health system is in your hands.

"By accepting your appointment as Premier, you have become the custodian of a rough diamond. It is now in your hands whether it will reach its full ...
Uganda’s Constitutional Court hears a Landmark Maternal Health case

Uganda’s Constitutional Court hears a Landmark Maternal Health case

In what many describe as a landmark case, Uganda’s Constitutional Court will tomorrow morning (Thursday, 13 June) hear a case which challenges the ...
Minister: We must have communities, especially people living with HIV tell us what is needed

Minister: We must have communities, especially people living with HIV tell us what is needed

Address by Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize at the opening of the 9th South African AIDS Conference.
A healthcare system in crisis: The long road ahead

A healthcare system in crisis: The long road ahead

A Speech by Sibongile Tshabalala, TAC National Chairperson, 11 June 2019, SA AIDS Conference Opening Plenary, Durban.
Why SA’s medicines regulator should consider affordability

Why SA’s medicines regulator should consider affordability

Access to medicines is a complex, but critical issue. SECTION27's Tendai Mafuma and Nomatter Ndebele explore how the South African Health Products ...
ARV stockouts putting lives at risk, says SSP

ARV stockouts putting lives at risk, says SSP

Stockouts of several critical medicines have been reported at healthcare facilities in five provinces, according to a statement from the Stop ...
How does the roles of MECs differ from those of heads of departments?

How does the roles of MECs differ from those of heads of departments?

There is often confusion about the differing roles of MECs for Health and heads of provincial departments of health. Tendai Mafuma lays out the ...
Assessing the Motsoaledi years

Assessing the Motsoaledi years

Dr Aaron Motsoaledi was South Africa’s Minister of Health from 2009 to 2019. Marcus Low takes a look back at the successes and failures of the ...
Only 2 of 9 Health MECs in job for more than 2 years

Only 2 of 9 Health MECs in job for more than 2 years

Following South Africa’s 2019 national and provincial elections, new members of provincial legislatures have been sworn in and new provincial ...
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 ...
Regulatory barriers to life-saving and affordable HCV medicines can be overcome

Regulatory barriers to life-saving and affordable HCV medicines can be overcome

A new class of medicines called direct- acting antivirals have revolutionised the treatment of hepatitis C, but access in South Africa remains ...
Hepatitis C in South Africa: A primer for civil society on the need for action

Hepatitis C in South Africa: A primer for civil society on the need for action

OPINION: When the topic of Hepatitis comes up in conversation amongst people involved in the HIV response, people often confess they know very little ...
The TB in the air we breathe

The TB in the air we breathe

Ground-breaking research being done in Masiphumelele outside Cape Town aims to answer important questions about how tuberculosis is transmitted.
#FootSoldiers: The biggest and happiest family In Limpopo

#FootSoldiers: The biggest and happiest family In Limpopo

Sally Duigan is never alone, with every move she makes there is a posse of happy, smiling children clinging to her arms, grabbing whatever bit of her ...
#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 ...
Donor shift threatens adherence clubs in the Free State

Donor shift threatens adherence clubs in the Free State

A shift in donor funding for HIV has endangered the continued existence of successful and effective antiretroviral adherence clubs in the Free State.
#Vote4Health: No road to health in the Northern Cape

#Vote4Health: No road to health in the Northern Cape

By Anso Thom, Marcus Low, Nomatter Ndebele and Thom Pierce (photographs) Calvinia, Sutherland, Fraserburg, De Aar, Keimoes, Kakamas. Join Spotlight ...
#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 ...