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Ndlovu saga 1: Health MEC shows HIV care group the door despite excellent service

Ndlovu saga 1: Health MEC shows HIV care group the door despite excellent service

A Limpopo care centre and its clients have been at the centre of a battle with health MEC Phophi Ramathuba who ended the contract and wants the ...
HMI: Ten key findings about private healthcare in South Africa

HMI: Ten key findings about private healthcare in South Africa

Medical schemes and private hospitals have over the last four years been under the Competition Commission’s microscope. While a provisional ...
Humans in the Age of HIV

Humans in the Age of HIV

We turn the spotlight on people living or working on the margins in South Africa. Referred to some as key populations, these folk – sex ...
Analysis: Not all good news in new WHO MDR-TB recommendations

Analysis: Not all good news in new WHO MDR-TB recommendations

In a move that could help save the hearing of thousands of people with TB, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is advising wider use of newer and ...
NHI: Pay attention to process

NHI: Pay attention to process

By Lucy Gilson, Jane Goudge, Uta Lehmann, Helen Schneider The publication of the National Health Insurance (NHI) and Medical Schemes Amendment Bills ...
Decline in AIDS deaths, but SA missing other HIV targets

Decline in AIDS deaths, but SA missing other HIV targets

While AIDS deaths and the rate of new HIV infections in South Africa are declining, the country seems set to miss crucial UNAIDS and National ...
New dawn in TB prevention therapy

New dawn in TB prevention therapy

After decades of relying on isoniazid-based TB preventive therapy as the best option for TB prevention, a number of new regimens have done well in ...
UNAIDS denies shut-down discussions, but refuses to answer specific questions

UNAIDS denies shut-down discussions, but refuses to answer specific questions

Spotlight published an opinion piece this week with leaked information about UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe’s correspondence with McKinsey ...
AIDS2018: WHO recommends dolutegravir widely but women’s access will depend on contraception provision

AIDS2018: WHO recommends dolutegravir widely but women’s access will depend on contraception provision

WHO launched new interim guidance on HIV treatment at AIDS 2018 recommending dolutegravir (DTG) for everyone aged six years and above.  But access ...
AIDS2018: What has happened to AIDS activism? Views from eight leading activists

AIDS2018: What has happened to AIDS activism? Views from eight leading activists

There is a perception that AIDS activism is largely dead, that the AIDS activists have “retired”. There is a narrative and belief among some that ...
AIDS2018: The future of AIDS activism: If we don’t join the dots we are dead

AIDS2018: The future of AIDS activism: If we don’t join the dots we are dead

For over 30 years activism has been the engine that has driven almost every advance in our response to the AIDS epidemic. Mark Heywood assesses the ...
AIDS2018: UNAIDS LEAKS! Will Amsterdam Be UNAIDS’ Last Stand?

AIDS2018: UNAIDS LEAKS! Will Amsterdam Be UNAIDS’ Last Stand?

According to leaked information about UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe’s correspondence with McKinsey and Company, 2018 will mark the ...
AIDS2018: Is cancer the new AIDS?

AIDS2018: Is cancer the new AIDS?

By Ellen ‘t Hoen As the world gathers in Amsterdam for the 22nd International AIDS Conference, high medicines prices are again making headlines ...
AIDS2018: Why the conference still matters at this point in the HIV Epidemic

AIDS2018: Why the conference still matters at this point in the HIV Epidemic

There are many reasons why the end of the AIDS epidemic is not yet in sight and why the International AIDS Conference still matters, writes IAS ...
New estimates of SA’s progress toward 90-90-90

New estimates of SA’s progress toward 90-90-90

The 90-90-90 targets have become key indicators against which to measure our progress in the HIV response. A new Human Sciences Research Council ...
NHI Bill: Welcome but flawed

NHI Bill: Welcome but flawed

The People’s Health Movement South Africa (PHm-SA) are supportive of the principles that underpin the NHI, but they have several reservations about ...
The numbers: HIV and TB in South Africa

The numbers: HIV and TB in South Africa

What are the key numbers regarding the HIV and TB epidemics in South Africa? We have published a new page on our website where we will keep track of ...
NHI: It’s not just about the money

NHI: It’s not just about the money

By Kerry Cullinan While the public health system is desperately under-funded, money alone will not fix it. Yet this is the underlying assumption of ...
NHI: SA’s universal health care plan falls short of fixing an ailing system

NHI: SA’s universal health care plan falls short of fixing an ailing system

By Laetitia Rispel South Africa’s Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has finally gazetted the bill detailing an ambitious plan to roll out universal ...
NHI Bill – so near yet so far

NHI Bill – so near yet so far

By Russell Rensburg The release of the NHI Bill for public comment is a significant milestone in the transformation of the South African health ...