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Getting the system to work

Getting the system to work

By Ufrieda Ho - Staff shortages remain a massive challenge for the public health service. ...
Rich province, poor health care

Rich province, poor health care

By Ufrieda Ho - In money terms, Gauteng’s health budget looks plump and healthy at R37,4 billion for the 2016-2017 financial year – R2.07 billion ...
Where all that glitters is not gold

Where all that glitters is not gold

By Ufrieda Ho - Mineral-rich, prosperous, the glitter of gold – that’s supposed to be the promise of the towns the sit atop the ore-rich western ...
Return of the quacks

Return of the quacks

By Anso Thom - For a long time, South Africa has been a country where charlatans are able to flourish and peddle dangerous remedies for all kinds of ...
In good hands

In good hands

By Ntsiki Mpulo - Eyes bulging, lips cracked, ribs clearly visible under taut skin; the man appears on the verge of taking his last breath. ...
Editorial: Three months to get it right

Editorial: Three months to get it right

Delays at the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) has meant that the new NSP (National Strategic Plan) will now only be ready in March 2017. ...
Community health workers: A Spotlight in-depth feature

Community health workers: A Spotlight in-depth feature

The role of community health workers in the South African public healthcare system has been unclear and controversial. How many do we need? What ...
No end to AIDS without the beginning of a new world

No end to AIDS without the beginning of a new world

Open Letter to AIDS Activists across the Globe - By Mark Heywood ...
How do we get to zero TB?

How do we get to zero TB?

By Salmaan Keshavjee - Tuberculosis (TB) has surpassed HIV/AIDS as the biggest infectious killer of adults worldwide. In 2015, an estimated 10.4 ...
TB: What the numbers tell us about political will

TB: What the numbers tell us about political will

Marcus Low - Last month the annual Union World Conference on Lung Health was held in Liverpool, United Kingdom. As always at this conferences, much ...
A new dawn for medicines regulation in South Africa

A new dawn for medicines regulation in South Africa

The MCC will soon be replaced by the South African Health Products Authority (SAHPRA). Spotlight asked MCC registrar Dr Joey Gouws and MCC ...
Less money for TB research

Less money for TB research

By Mike Frick - The world spent less on tuberculosis (TB) research in 2015 than it did in 2009. This decrease in spending does not track a similar ...
Ten patents on two TB drugs

Ten patents on two TB drugs

By Marcus Low - An online tool launched last week sheds light on what patents have been granted for which medicines in a number of developing ...

HIV in SA: Five graphs that tell the story

By Marcus Low The recently published outputs of the Thembisa mathematical model of HIV in South Africa paint a remarkable picture of the history of ...
NSP 2017-2022: Our Fifth National AIDS plan presents SA’s greatest challenge yet

NSP 2017-2022: Our Fifth National AIDS plan presents SA’s greatest challenge yet

Former deputy Chairperson of the SA National AIDS Council (SANAC) and long-time AIDS activist Mark Heywood’s plea to Deputy President Cyril ...
New HIV infections in SA declining

New HIV infections in SA declining

By Marcus Low - Last week the latest estimates from the Thembisa mathematical model of the HIV epidemic in South Africa were published by Leigh ...
Rape emergency in Rustenburg- MSF

Rape emergency in Rustenburg- MSF

By Nomatter Ndebele - One in four women surveyed in the Rustenburg area reports having been raped, according to a report released yesterday at the ...
New NSP by November: SANAC responds to questions on NSP process

New NSP by November: SANAC responds to questions on NSP process

By Marcus Low - We recently sent the South African National AIDS Council some questions regarding the process for developing South Africa’s new ...
Judgement reserved in Bophelo House 94 appeal

Judgement reserved in Bophelo House 94 appeal

By Nomatter Ndebele A full bench of the Bloemfontein High Court today reserved judgement in the appeal of the so-called Bophelo House 94. In July ...
Spotlight’s top 8 highlights of AIDS 2016

Spotlight’s top 8 highlights of AIDS 2016

By Marcus Louw - As the dust settles in Durban and the circus moves on, we reflect on a few of the bigger moments of AIDS 2016. Below are some of ...