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Health4Sale Part 4: Buthelezi EMS running a taxi service, not an ambulance service – Doctors and nurses

Health4Sale Part 4: Buthelezi EMS running a taxi service, not an ambulance service – Doctors and nurses

Doctors and nurses in the Free State and North West have accused Buthelezi EMS, the private company contracted to run provincial ambulance services, ...
Health4Sale Response: Motsoaledi asks treasury to investigate Buthelezi EMS

Health4Sale Response: Motsoaledi asks treasury to investigate Buthelezi EMS

Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has asked treasury to investigate the procurement of ambulance services from Buthelezi EMS, a controversial ...
Health4Sale Part 3: Mpumalanga department of health broke rules for controversial ambulance company

Health4Sale Part 3: Mpumalanga department of health broke rules for controversial ambulance company

The Mpumalanga Department of Health has defied guidance from its provincial treasury and acted in contravention of the Public Finance Management Act ...
Health4Sale Part 2: NorthWest pays double for dubious private ambulance service

Health4Sale Part 2: NorthWest pays double for dubious private ambulance service

The North West health department has effectively outsourced the bulk of its emergency medical service to a private ambulance company who is ...
Health4Sale Part 1: North West blows HIV money on controversial private ambulance service

Health4Sale Part 1: North West blows HIV money on controversial private ambulance service

The North West Department of Health blew over R100-million expressly earmarked for HIV on two controversial private ambulance companies. Serious red ...
TB response tests Ramaphosa’s commitment to the poor

TB response tests Ramaphosa’s commitment to the poor

South Africa has been in the grip of a TB crisis for decades. It is a crisis that has mostly dropped below the radar – socially, politically and ...
Vindication of the Rights of People with Mental Illnesses to be People

Vindication of the Rights of People with Mental Illnesses to be People

On Monday, March 19 2018 in hours immediately after Justice Dikgang Moseneke read out the last lines of his judgment in the Life Esidimeni ...
South Africa has a new medicines regulator

South Africa has a new medicines regulator

The board of the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has held its first meeting, thus officially bringing SAHPRA into ...
8 key findings from new district health report

8 key findings from new district health report

The Health Systems Trust last week published the latest edition of the District Health Barometer (DHB). The DHB provides a wealth of district, ...
Life Esidimeni Arbitration: Testimonies

Life Esidimeni Arbitration: Testimonies

SECTION27 is representing 66 families whose loved ones passed away as a result of the Marathon Project. The arbitration heard heartbreaking testimony ...
Life Esidimeni Arbitration: 143+ and counting?

Life Esidimeni Arbitration: 143+ and counting?

After two years, and countless attempts at compelling the Gauteng Department of Health (GDoH) to act in the best interests of Mental Health Care ...
Steps to consider when proving PrEP in higher-education institutions

Steps to consider when proving PrEP in higher-education institutions

1 October is set to become a memorable day in some higher-education institutions. It marks the day in 2017 that Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) was ...
The state of PrEP access in SA

The state of PrEP access in SA

Thuthukile Mbatha is a researcher at SECTION27, and an advocacy fellow for the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC). She runs an advocacy project ...
Overdue IP reform process crucial for healthcare in South Africa

Overdue IP reform process crucial for healthcare in South Africa

On 17 November 2017, at the University of the Witwatersrand, Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz gave a lecture to a standing-room-only crowd. The ...
Deepening crisis at Pelonomi hospital

Deepening crisis at Pelonomi hospital

While healthcare workers in the Free State report theatre temperatures of 30 degrees Celcius, a halt to cancer biopsies, and an ongoing orthopaedic ...
Fifteen years without a wheelchair – who pays?

Fifteen years without a wheelchair – who pays?

A volunteer healthcare worker tells the story of a young boy confined to his bed since he was a young child, as a result of the shortage of ...
Lifesaving programme under threat

Lifesaving programme under threat

Keiskamma Trust, an Eastern Cape based health organisation, praised around the world for its incredible community work which has saved thousands of ...
Two steps forward, three steps back – a tale of the Eastern Cape clinics

Two steps forward, three steps back – a tale of the Eastern Cape clinics

Eastern Cape Health Department fails to complete clinic projects promised by the Minister of Health.
Looking back to look forward: the next 21 years of the Constitution

Looking back to look forward: the next 21 years of the Constitution

On 10 December 2017 the Constitution Hill Trust marked the 21 years since the signing of our Constitution by holding a lekgotla in the foyer of the ...
Philani Clinic – A timeline of failure

Philani Clinic – A timeline of failure

A few meters from the entrance to Philani Clinic in Queenstown, opposite the gate, is a black-walled tavern. On weekdays, it’s as quiet as a ...