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Opinion: Approval of new TB drug lays bare crisis in TB research

Opinion: Approval of new TB drug lays bare crisis in TB research

While a combination of drugs including now FDA-approved pretomanid is probably the best treatment for XDR-TB, it is still not clear whether or not ...
New tuberculosis medicine studied in South Africa approved in United States

New tuberculosis medicine studied in South Africa approved in United States

The new tuberculosis medicine pretomanid has just been registered by the United States Food and Drug Administration. What are the implications for ...
The plan to revive medicines regulation in South Africa

The plan to revive medicines regulation in South Africa

SAHPRA inherited a backlog of around 16 000 medicine regulatory applications from the MCC. How can this backlog be processed and medicines ...
Opinion: Right of access to affordable meds watered down in Presidential Compact

Opinion: Right of access to affordable meds watered down in Presidential Compact

The root causes of high prices—unchecked patent-granted monopolies—remain in place. Once again, thousands of lives are being lost on the altar of ...
Is scaling up active case finding the missing piece in our TB response?

Is scaling up active case finding the missing piece in our TB response?

Might an ambitious scale up of active case finding be just what is needed to break the back of South Africa’s tuberculosis epidemic? ...
Another Eastern Cape psychiatric facility damned

Another Eastern Cape psychiatric facility damned

The derelict Cecilia Makiwane Hospital Mental Health Unit is a powerful indictment of the province’s failure to care for the mentally ill. ...
Graphs that tell the story of HIV in South Africa’s provinces

Graphs that tell the story of HIV in South Africa’s provinces

The recently released outputs of the Thembisa mathematical model of HIV in South Africa allow us to compare the burden of HIV at the provincial ...
What are we to make of the ADVANCE trial results?

What are we to make of the ADVANCE trial results?

Two leading South African HIV experts reflect on the future of new ARVs dolutegravir and TAF, following the publication of findings from a major new ...
New palliative care option for Cape Town kids

New palliative care option for Cape Town kids

On a leafy street in Rondebosch, Cape Town, a new palliative care facility for children is taking shape. Biénne Huisman paid a visit. ...
Face to face with Michelle Meiring

Face to face with Michelle Meiring

Sometimes a child’s death is not just inevitable, but imminent. For a pragmatic like Dr Michelle Meiring the challenge lies in cushioning the. ...
People: Face to face with Joan Marston

People: Face to face with Joan Marston

From a children’s hospice in Bloemfontein to leading an international network, Joan Marston has made a major contribution to palliative care for ...
A children’s hospice rising like an oasis

A children’s hospice rising like an oasis

In July Bloemfontein is dry and hued in shades of brown. Against this backdrop, the Sunflower Children’s Hospice rises like an oasis: the house is ...
HIV in SA: Seven graphs that tell the story

HIV in SA: Seven graphs that tell the story

The recently published outputs of the Thembisa mathematical model of HIV in South Africa paint a remarkable picture of the history of HIV in this ...
High price delays introduction of new TB prevention therapy

High price delays introduction of new TB prevention therapy

A new form of TB prevention therapy promises various advantages over the current offering, but a high price is delaying its introduction in South ...
SIU to investigate contracts with Buthelezi EMS

SIU to investigate contracts with Buthelezi EMS

In a move that will finally turn the spotlight on the lucrative ground and air ambulance contracts in the Free State and North West, President Cyril ...
People: Face to face with Dr Bandile Masuku

People: Face to face with Dr Bandile Masuku

Dr Bandile Masuku was recently appointed as MEC for Health in Gauteng, South Africa’s most populous province. Biénne Huisman asked him about the ...
Health DG welcomes new guide to National Health Act

Health DG welcomes new guide to National Health Act

SECTION27 has just published the third edition of its National Health Act Guide. Read what South Africa’s Director General of Health had to say ...
Tuberculosis in SA: Three graphs that tell the story

Tuberculosis in SA: Three graphs that tell the story

South Africa has one of the highest TB burdens in the world. Here we tell the story of TB in South Africa using three graphs. ...
Welcome detail in Mpumalanga HIV and TB plan

Welcome detail in Mpumalanga HIV and TB plan

Each of South Africa’s nine provinces has an HIV and TB plan aimed at guiding the implementation of the National Strategic Plan. Here is our ...
Who should be the new head of UNAIDS?

Who should be the new head of UNAIDS?

Earlier this week it was reported that a short list of five people is still in the running for the UNAIDS top job. Our editors give their ...