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How does the roles of MECs differ from those of heads of departments?

How does the roles of MECs differ from those of heads of departments?

There is often confusion about the differing roles of MECs for Health and heads of provincial departments of health. Tendai Mafuma lays out the ...
Assessing the Motsoaledi years

Assessing the Motsoaledi years

Dr Aaron Motsoaledi was South Africa’s Minister of Health from 2009 to 2019. Marcus Low takes a look back at the successes and failures of the ...
Only 2 of 9 Health MECs in job for more than 2 years

Only 2 of 9 Health MECs in job for more than 2 years

Following South Africa’s 2019 national and provincial elections, new members of provincial legislatures have been sworn in and new provincial ...
Five health policy priorities for the new administration

Five health policy priorities for the new administration

In its HIV policies government has mostly done good work over the last decade. In other key areas, important policies were never replaced or never ...
Regulatory barriers to life-saving and affordable HCV medicines can be overcome

Regulatory barriers to life-saving and affordable HCV medicines can be overcome

A new class of medicines called direct- acting antivirals have revolutionised the treatment of hepatitis C, but access in South Africa remains ...
Hepatitis C in South Africa: A primer for civil society on the need for action

Hepatitis C in South Africa: A primer for civil society on the need for action

OPINION: When the topic of Hepatitis comes up in conversation amongst people involved in the HIV response, people often confess they know very ...
The TB in the air we breathe

The TB in the air we breathe

Ground-breaking research being done in Masiphumelele outside Cape Town aims to answer important questions about how tuberculosis is transmitted. ...
#FootSoldiers: The biggest and happiest family In Limpopo

#FootSoldiers: The biggest and happiest family In Limpopo

Sally Duigan is never alone, with every move she makes there is a posse of happy, smiling children clinging to her arms, grabbing whatever bit of ...
#FootSoldiers: It’s a bloody affair, but we are all human.

#FootSoldiers: It’s a bloody affair, but we are all human.

Ten years ago, Cape Town nurse Judy Ranape made the decision to become an abortion nurse. It was not easy. It still is not easy. The Catholic nurse ...
Donor shift threatens adherence clubs in the Free State

Donor shift threatens adherence clubs in the Free State

A shift in donor funding for HIV has endangered the continued existence of successful and effective antiretroviral adherence clubs in the Free State. ...
#Vote4Health: No road to health in the Northern Cape

#Vote4Health: No road to health in the Northern Cape

By Anso Thom, Marcus Low, Nomatter Ndebele and Thom Pierce (photographs) Calvinia, Sutherland, Fraserburg, De Aar, Keimoes, Kakamas. Join Spotlight ...
#FootSoldiers: Do the work that nobody wants to do

#FootSoldiers: Do the work that nobody wants to do

At the start of the nineties, very few doctors were willing to take up the fight against TB. Faced with the option of Oncology or TB, Van Rensburg ...
#FootSoldiers: The Environment is everything

#FootSoldiers: The Environment is everything

There is mostly agreement that our environment is in a dire state and that it is closely linked to the health of communities. SECTION27\'s Nomatter ...
#Vote4Health: Health in the Northern Cape: Disturbing visions from SA’s forgotten province

#Vote4Health: Health in the Northern Cape: Disturbing visions from SA’s forgotten province

Health services in large parts of the Northern Cape have virtually collapsed with communities mostly being served by overstretched nurses struggling ...
#Vote4Health: Visuals of Northern Cape collapse

#Vote4Health: Visuals of Northern Cape collapse

Health services in large parts of the Northern Cape have virtually collapsed with communities mostly being served by overstretched nurses struggling ...
#FootSoldiers: Umsebenzi wama CHWs – Bringing hope and life to the community of Sweetwaters

#FootSoldiers: Umsebenzi wama CHWs – Bringing hope and life to the community of Sweetwaters

Spotlight has gone in search of the foot soldiers of the health system, the folk who get the job done quietly and with little fanfare. Nomatter ...
#Vote4Health: Funding the right to healthcare

#Vote4Health: Funding the right to healthcare

Despite the Constitutional injunction on the government to ensure that everyone has access to quality health care services, public health care ...
NHLS CEO and CFO fired after two years on suspension

NHLS CEO and CFO fired after two years on suspension

More than two years after being suspended, the National Health Laboratory Service’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer were fired ...
#People: Face to face with Jack Bloom

#People: Face to face with Jack Bloom

When it comes to healthcare, Jack Bloom is arguably the most well-known opposition politician in South Africa. Biénne Huisman went to meet the man ...
#Vote4Health: Little accountability as (almost all) Health MECs dodge questions

#Vote4Health: Little accountability as (almost all) Health MECs dodge questions

Missed deadlines, non-communication and excuses sum up the overwhelming “responses” from the country’s nine health MECs when Spotlight asked them to ...