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The state of PrEP access in SA

The state of PrEP access in SA

Thuthukile Mbatha is a researcher at SECTION27, and an advocacy fellow for the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC). She runs an advocacy project ...
Overdue IP reform process crucial for healthcare in South Africa

Overdue IP reform process crucial for healthcare in South Africa

On 17 November 2017, at the University of the Witwatersrand, Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz gave a lecture to a standing-room-only crowd. The, ...
Deepening crisis at Pelonomi hospital

Deepening crisis at Pelonomi hospital

While healthcare workers in the Free State report theatre temperatures of 30 degrees Celcius, a halt to cancer biopsies, and an ongoing orthopaedic ...
Fifteen years without a wheelchair – who pays?

Fifteen years without a wheelchair – who pays?

A volunteer healthcare worker tells the story of a young boy confined to his bed since he was a young child, as a result of the shortage of ...
Lifesaving programme under threat

Lifesaving programme under threat

Keiskamma Trust, an Eastern Cape based health organisation, praised around the world for its incredible community work which has saved thousands of ...
Two steps forward, three steps back – a tale of the Eastern Cape clinics

Two steps forward, three steps back – a tale of the Eastern Cape clinics

Eastern Cape Health Department fails to complete clinic projects promised by the Minister of Health. ...
Looking back to look forward: the next 21 years of the Constitution

Looking back to look forward: the next 21 years of the Constitution

On 10 December 2017 the Constitution Hill Trust marked the 21 years since the signing of our Constitution by holding a lekgotla in the foyer of the ...
Philani Clinic – A timeline of failure

Philani Clinic – A timeline of failure

A few meters from the entrance to Philani Clinic in Queenstown, opposite the gate, is a black-walled tavern. On weekdays, it’s as quiet as a church; ...
Priority-Setting, Social Justice and Human Rights in the Eastern Cape

Priority-Setting, Social Justice and Human Rights in the Eastern Cape

The stories of health care users experiences with the health system as published by Spotlight are devastating. Various factors play a role when ...
Let’s make AIDS councils work

Let’s make AIDS councils work

Every province and district should have an AIDS council. These AIDS councils are supposed to bring everyone (government, organised labour, business, ...
Funding by Faith

Funding by Faith

A community caregivers project for rural KwaZulu-Natal AIDS orphans and vulnerable children hangs in the balance as donor money from the United ...
Which countries invest most in TB research?

Which countries invest most in TB research?

While global investment in TB research remains very low at around $726-million in 2016, South Africa does remarkably well on some measures of TB ...
Heading For The Rocks?

Heading For The Rocks?

One year into his tenure as MEC for Health in the Free State, Butana Khompela is still to exorcise the ghosts that have made the province one of the ...
Hospital horrors

Hospital horrors

The hospital is full. Two young girls lie on trolleys in the main hallway. They are wrapped in pink blankets; drips come out of their arms and hang ...
Spotlight Issue 4 is out today!

Spotlight Issue 4 is out today!

In this issue: A profile of Free State MEC for Health Butana Khompela; A guide to making AIDS councils work; TAC on the state of our hospitals and ...
Orthopaedic nightmare in the Free State

Orthopaedic nightmare in the Free State

Whistleblowers say patients with broken legs, arms and other serious orthopaedic conditions are being sent home in the Free State because the ...
What is the state of the global HIV and TB response in December 2017?

What is the state of the global HIV and TB response in December 2017?

For World AIDS Day 2017 we asked a number of experts about the state of the global HIV and TB response. Read answers from Glenda Gray, Peter Piot, ...
State capture threatens the right to health

State capture threatens the right to health

State capture and corruption casts a long shadow over all spheres of the public service, including healthcare. For our World AIDS Day edition of ...
WHO reports 1.7 million TB deaths in 2016

WHO reports 1.7 million TB deaths in 2016

In 2016, almost 1.7 million people across the globe, and over 120 000 in South Africa, died of TB. We unpack these and other findings from the World ...
Moment of truth for global TB response

Moment of truth for global TB response

On Thursday 16 November 2017, Russian president Vladimir Putin told a hall full of health ministers in Moscow that TB is a “serious problem”, and ...