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Bill would roll back right to choose

Bill would roll back right to choose

  Thabang Pooe, SECTION27 A new Bill threatens the very essence of a woman’s right to bodily integrity and reproductive decision-making, as ...
Contraception: DBE Draft Policy on the Prevention and Management of Learner Pregnancy

Contraception: DBE Draft Policy on the Prevention and Management of Learner Pregnancy

Thabang Pooe, SECTION27 The results of the last Annual School Survey, released in 2017, sent shock waves through the country. According to the, ...
We are failing young women in South Africa

We are failing young women in South Africa

Thuthukile Mbatha, Guest Editor, Spotlight Note: This is the editorial from a special print edition of Spotlight guest-edited by young people. Every ...
Young women: Seven myths about menstruation and reproductive health

Young women: Seven myths about menstruation and reproductive health

Sexual and reproductive health education being taught in South African schools has left some female learners and young women feeling less confident ...
Ambulance bases of shame

Ambulance bases of shame

An ambulance base has to comply with a certain set of minimum requirements contained in among others the National Health Act. At the end of last, ...
Health4Sale Part 6: Magashule cleared way for controversial private ambulance company to cash in

Health4Sale Part 6: Magashule cleared way for controversial private ambulance company to cash in

Buthelezi EMS netted more than R15-million from two suspect back-dated price increases from the Free State Department of Health, apparently without ...
Health4Sale part 5: Controversial private ambulance company in line for new Free State tender

Health4Sale part 5: Controversial private ambulance company in line for new Free State tender

A Gauteng-based ambulance operator, Buthelezi EMS, that is currently the subject of both Hawks and Treasury investigations has scored road and air ...
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 ...
Health4Sale Part 4: Buthelezi EMS running a taxi service, not an ambulance service – Doctors and nurses

Health4Sale Part 4: Buthelezi EMS running a taxi service, not an ambulance service – Doctors and nurses

Doctors and nurses in the Free State and North West have accused Buthelezi EMS, the private company contracted to run provincial ambulance services, ...
Health4Sale Response: Motsoaledi asks treasury to investigate Buthelezi EMS

Health4Sale Response: Motsoaledi asks treasury to investigate Buthelezi EMS

Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has asked treasury to investigate the procurement of ambulance services from Buthelezi EMS, a controversial ...
Health4Sale Part 3: Mpumalanga department of health broke rules for controversial ambulance company

Health4Sale Part 3: Mpumalanga department of health broke rules for controversial ambulance company

The Mpumalanga Department of Health has defied guidance from its provincial treasury and acted in contravention of the Public Finance Management Act ...
Health4Sale Part 2: NorthWest pays double for dubious private ambulance service

Health4Sale Part 2: NorthWest pays double for dubious private ambulance service

The North West health department has effectively outsourced the bulk of its emergency medical service to a private ambulance company who is ...
Health4Sale Part 1: North West blows HIV money on controversial private ambulance service

Health4Sale Part 1: North West blows HIV money on controversial private ambulance service

The North West Department of Health blew over R100-million expressly earmarked for HIV on two controversial private ambulance companies. Serious red ...
TB response tests Ramaphosa’s commitment to the poor

TB response tests Ramaphosa’s commitment to the poor

South Africa has been in the grip of a TB crisis for decades. It is a crisis that has mostly dropped below the radar – socially, politically and ...
Vindication of the Rights of People with Mental Illnesses to be People

Vindication of the Rights of People with Mental Illnesses to be People

On Monday, March 19 2018 in hours immediately after Justice Dikgang Moseneke read out the last lines of his judgment in the Life Esidimeni ...
South Africa has a new medicines regulator

South Africa has a new medicines regulator

The board of the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has held its first meeting, thus officially bringing SAHPRA into ...
8 key findings from new district health report

8 key findings from new district health report

The Health Systems Trust last week published the latest edition of the District Health Barometer (DHB). The DHB provides a wealth of district, ...
Life Esidimeni Arbitration: Testimonies

Life Esidimeni Arbitration: Testimonies

SECTION27 is representing 66 families whose loved ones passed away as a result of the Marathon Project. The arbitration heard heartbreaking ...
Life Esidimeni Arbitration: 143+ and counting?

Life Esidimeni Arbitration: 143+ and counting?

After two years, and countless attempts at compelling the Gauteng Department of Health (GDoH) to act in the best interests of Mental Health Care ...
Steps to consider when proving PrEP in higher-education institutions

Steps to consider when proving PrEP in higher-education institutions

1 October is set to become a memorable day in some higher-education institutions. It marks the day in 2017 that Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) was ...