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Fighting for the right to care

Community health workers (CHWs), who are predominantly women have struggled to be formally integrated into the health service delivery system, and ...
The barefoot soldiers of a public health care system that doesn’t seem to care

The barefoot soldiers of a public health care system that doesn’t seem to care

By Nomatter Ndebele - For the past 17 years, 55-year old Doris Ntuli has worked as a community caregiver (CCG) in the community of Sweetwaters, in ...

“Bring your pubic hair” – healers and quacks continue to thrive in KwaZulu-Natal

In KwaZulu-Natal, according to reports from the Human Sciences Research Council, there are 1.8 million people who are HIV positive. Of those, 1.1 ...
Fewer children are dying of severe malnutrition, but ignorance continues to kill babies

Fewer children are dying of severe malnutrition, but ignorance continues to kill babies

By Bill Corcoran & Nomatter Ndebele - Severe acute malnutrition (SAM) remains stubbornly entrenched in many of KwaZulu-Natal province’s rural and ...

Health in the Free state

A province that is in the news for all the wrong reasons. Spotlight keeps the focus on this beleaguered province and the right to health care as ...
The long wait

The long wait

By Ufrieda Ho - Nurses are giving Cecilia Mokole dirty looks. Mokole meets their stares. She doesn’t care anymore what they think, or what they may ...

A timeline of collapse

To understand what led to the crises in the Free State it is helpful to backtrack to 2005 when the provincial scale-up of antiretroviral therapy ...
Trying to nurse ethically in a broken system

Trying to nurse ethically in a broken system

By Ufrieda Ho - “I didn’t go to nursing college to become a politician,” says the matron in her neat office in the facility she heads up.
Who will help the sick and needy?

Who will help the sick and needy?

By Ufrieda Ho - Back in the mid-90s, Angelina Manale Mookadi had dreams of becoming a nurse. “I thought it was a profession I could afford because ...

Health workers still face prosecution

The #BopheloHouse94 community health workers have been on trial since April 2014. Their crime? Holding a peaceful night vigil in the hope that their ...

Election-year clinic upgrades are welcome, but will they be enough?

By Ufrieda Ho - All over the Free State things are buzzing with public works projects, but also with electioneering. It seems there are as many road ...
Cold water and cold attitudes at JS Moroka hospital

Cold water and cold attitudes at JS Moroka hospital

By Ufrieda Ho - For five days after 18-year-old Kekeletso Kikilame had given birth, she could not wash herself or her newborn, as there was no hot ...

No water in QwaQwa – how do hospitals keep working?

By Ufrieda Ho - A storm brews overnight and the heavens open with hours of endless rain. Each drop is a welcome respite for the locals of QwaQwa ...

Robbed of their hospital in an National Health Insurance pilot district

By Ufrieda Ho - The “bus stop” and the “slaughterhouse” – these are the nicknames locals give for the Nketoane Hospital in Reitz and the ...
Buthelezi EMS remains a problem and a mystery

Buthelezi EMS remains a problem and a mystery

By Ufrieda Ho - The Free State’s health care system – in tatters in so many places – also has one recurring nightmare: Buthelezi Emergency ...
Welcome to the twilight zone: fear and abandonment in the Free State’s health system

Welcome to the twilight zone: fear and abandonment in the Free State’s health system

By Mary-Jane Matsolo - Activist Mary-Jane Matsolo last year heard “saddening and horrific” stories from the more than 50 people who testified ...

Won the battle, lost the war

By Marcus Low & Lotti Rutter - In the early days of the AIDS epidemic, the high price of antiretroviral medicines meant many lives were unnecessarily ...

The future of antiretroviral treatment

By Polly Clayden & Simon Collins - We are in a very exciting time for HIV treatment (ART) for three reasons.

A time of dying in Durban

By Kerry Cullinan - Every day, I passed three funeral parlours on my 5km drive to work in central Durban. Shiny hearses lined up in the street, one ...

Activism and Civil society: what it is and what it’s not

By Mark Heywood - 2016 is a year of AIDS anniversaries. It is the 20th anniversary of the International AIDS conference in Vancouver where the ...