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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 Dihlabeng ...
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 Medical ...
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 during ...

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 ...

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 ...

Truth Telling Not Welcome?

By- Mark Heywood South Africa is gearing up for the International AIDS Conference, which starts on July 18th, Mandela Day.  And nobody is gearing up ...

Our house is still burning: We need your help

A full version of the special edition of Spotlight will be released during the International AIDS Conference in Durban which starts on 17 July. This ...

“The end of AIDS” tune is premature and dangerous

A full version of the special edition of Spotlight will be released during the International AIDS Conference in Durban which starts on 17 July. This ...

Clinical trials and scientific discoveries give renewed hope for an HIV vaccine

A full version of the special edition of Spotlight will be released during the International AIDS Conference in Durban which starts on 17 July. This ...

A cure for HIV: Are we getting any closer?

A full version of the special edition of Spotlight will be released during the International AIDS Conference in Durban which starts on 17 July. This ...

Dear Nkosi

A full version of the special edition of Spotlight will be released during the International AIDS Conference in Durban which starts on 17 July. This ...