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NHI: This Bill is not the path to Universal Health Coverage

NHI: This Bill is not the path to Universal Health Coverage

By Sasha Stevenson SECTION27 supports the extension of healthcare to as many South Africans as possible, but until the public health system is fixed ...
Over a Billion stolen while Hlongwa Gauteng Health MEC

Over a Billion stolen while Hlongwa Gauteng Health MEC

By Marcus Low This week the Special Investigating Unit’s long overdue report into corruption in the Gauteng Department of Health was finally made ...
A new normal where SheDecides: What needs to happen to get there?

A new normal where SheDecides: What needs to happen to get there?

By Robin Gorna I want to live in a world where every girl and every woman can decide what to do with her body, her life, and with her future. Without ...
SA ahead of World Health Organisation in recommending new TB medicine

SA ahead of World Health Organisation in recommending new TB medicine

The South African Department of Health this week announced it will be making a new tuberculosis medicine available more widely than recommended by ...
Removing Motsoaledi is not the right medicine

Removing Motsoaledi is not the right medicine

The rot in the healthcare system is far too deep for anything other than a fundamental overhaul and a deep cleansing of corrupt officials to do the ...
Health workers as change agents and patient advocates

Health workers as change agents and patient advocates

My thoughts on health workers as patient advocates stems from my experiences in both spaces – the public sector and civil society.
Flight attendant grounded because of HIV status

Flight attendant grounded because of HIV status

Flight attendant grounded after disclosing HIV status. By Ufrieda Ho
Sexual and reproductive health rights should matter to all

Sexual and reproductive health rights should matter to all

Why have sexual and reproductive rights remained controversial and contested in Africa? Building on a previous SRHR-focussed Spotlight article by ...
Health Minister should be given greater powers

Health Minister should be given greater powers

We need to amend the National Health Act (No. 61 of 2003) so as to give the Minister of Health greater powers to intervene in provinces and avert ...
Open letter to President Ramaphosa: time to turn a disease system back into a health system

Open letter to President Ramaphosa: time to turn a disease system back into a health system

Thank you for what you are doing to try and restore good governance to our country and root out corruption. I am sorry to have to add more challenges ...
The cost of strike

The cost of strike

Jovial Rantao, editor of the African Independent, wrote this personal reflection on the cost of the strike in the NorthWest.
How rural stereotypes are being broken in Bulungula

How rural stereotypes are being broken in Bulungula

An innovative project in Bulungula in the Eastern Cape is showing how quality healthcare and education can be provided in a deep rural area.
Funding shock threatens leading health programme for MSM

Funding shock threatens leading health programme for MSM

A trend-setting programme that forms a core part of the South African government’s health services tailored to the needs of men who have sex with ...
How “Nomakhayas” beat a scabies outbreak

How “Nomakhayas” beat a scabies outbreak

With tenacity, teamwork and a plan of action, a group of community health workers in the Eastern Cape show just how effective they can be in bringing ...
Sexual and Reproductive Health Wrongs: What do we need to do to get them right? – An activist perspective: Part 2

Sexual and Reproductive Health Wrongs: What do we need to do to get them right? – An activist perspective: Part 2

Part 1 in the series ends with the statement that we have become complicit with a horrendous status quo. We kick off Part 2 with some suggestions ...
Sexual and Reproductive Health Wrongs: What do we need to do to get them right? – An activist perspective: Part 1

Sexual and Reproductive Health Wrongs: What do we need to do to get them right? – An activist perspective: Part 1

In a two-part article, Mark Heywood and Thuthu Mbatha, attempt to ask, and suggest some answers to, the hard and painful questions arising from the ...
Lack of PrEP for young women is a rights violation

Lack of PrEP for young women is a rights violation

With around 2 000 new HIV infections every week in young women and girls aged 15 to 24, South Africa is facing an urgent HIV crisis in young women.
Living positively:  Saidy Brown, Mafikeng

Living positively: Saidy Brown, Mafikeng

Ufrieda Ho, Spotlight, and Leonora Mathe, Treatment Action Campaign Saidy Brown shares how she used social media to speak openly about her HIV ...
Health4Sale: How the Limpopo Department of Health went rogue to protect Buthelezi HEMS

Health4Sale: How the Limpopo Department of Health went rogue to protect Buthelezi HEMS

In a remarkable judgment asserting the rule of law, the North Gauteng High Court has ordered the Limpopo Department of Health to obey court orders ...
Living positively: Make Love Safe

Living positively: Make Love Safe

Ufrieda Ho, Spotlight Love may be blind; but some things, you shouldn’t ignore – like knowing your and your partner’s HIV status. South Africa ...