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New TB and HIV science from CROI 2017

By Marcus Low - The Conference for Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) was held in Seattle this week. Click to read about some of the ...
Talking to teens about sex and protection

Talking to teens about sex and protection

By Nomatter Ndebele - It was business as usual at the International Aids conference in Durban in July 2016. The South African Minister of Health was ...
Hearing a problem, and solving it

Hearing a problem, and solving it

By Ntsiki Mpulo - Nombulelo Sojina* cradles her baby close to her chest in a kangaroo mothering-style of skin-to-skin contact. The child’s tiny ...
Towards a workable plan

Towards a workable plan

By Vuyokazi Gonyela, SECTION27 A key ingredient to ensuring our response to the AIDS and TB epidemics is effective, is having a workable plan. To ...
Communities in crisis

Communities in crisis

By Treatment Action Campaign The Treatment Action Campaign has shared the following stories with Spotlight from their provincial operations in ...
Behind the headlines

Behind the headlines

By Marcus Low - Medical research findings are often sensationalised and overstated in the mainstream media. We debunk three cases of HIV-related ...
Hoer! Magosha! Prossie! Doxy! – Why has the law on sex work not changed?

Hoer! Magosha! Prossie! Doxy! – Why has the law on sex work not changed?

By Marlise Richter - Sex work is fully criminalised in South Africa. This means that anyone who buys sex, who sells sex, or who helps facilitate a ...
Did Durban listen to sex workers?

Did Durban listen to sex workers?

By Ishtar Lakhani - This year marked the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIC) held in Durban – 16 years since this conference was last held on ...
How PEPFAR’s anti-prostitution pledge impedes sex worker health

How PEPFAR’s anti-prostitution pledge impedes sex worker health

By Marlise Richter - The US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) should end its anti-prostitution pledge.
Don’t make us criminals

Don’t make us criminals

By Sally-Jean Shackleton - Address presented at a session entitled ‛South Africa’s National Sex Worker HIV Plan: Are you coming?’ at the 2016 ...
Ambulance emergency in the Eastern Cape

Ambulance emergency in the Eastern Cape

By Mluleki Marongo, SECTION27 Researcher - If you call an ambulance in Johannesburg, there’s a good chance you will be in a hospital within 45 ...
PR and platitudes

PR and platitudes

By Ufrieda Ho - It’s ‛good governance’ week for the Public Protector’s office at the beginning of October and officials are going through the ...
The work of a nurse

The work of a nurse

By Mary-Jane Matsolo ‛There is a huge difference between a clinic nurse and a government hospital nurse. Clinic nurses usually do referrals, unlike ...
The DA’s alternative health plan for South Africa: Yes or No?

The DA’s alternative health plan for South Africa: Yes or No?

By Di Caelers - There’s no arguing that South Africans, especially the poorest of the poor, have a Constitutional right to access healthcare ...
A new coalition for people-centred health care

A new coalition for people-centred health care

By Ufrieda Ho - Two specific issues emerged as priorities for Gauteng from the Provincial Health Assembly this year: migration and mental health.
Getting the system to work

Getting the system to work

By Ufrieda Ho - Staff shortages remain a massive challenge for the public health service.
Rich province, poor health care

Rich province, poor health care

By Ufrieda Ho - In money terms, Gauteng’s health budget looks plump and healthy at R37,4 billion for the 2016-2017 financial year – R2.07 billion ...
Where all that glitters is not gold

Where all that glitters is not gold

By Ufrieda Ho - Mineral-rich, prosperous, the glitter of gold – that’s supposed to be the promise of the towns the sit atop the ore-rich western ...
Return of the quacks

Return of the quacks

By Anso Thom - For a long time, South Africa has been a country where charlatans are able to flourish and peddle dangerous remedies for all kinds of ...
In good hands

In good hands

By Ntsiki Mpulo - Eyes bulging, lips cracked, ribs clearly visible under taut skin; the man appears on the verge of taking his last breath.