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Money will show how serious the BRICS are about TB

Money will show how serious the BRICS are about TB

Whether or not the BRICS puts new money on the table for TB research, is a crucial test of whether the United Nations High-Level Meeting on TB represents a new dawn in the fight against TB, or just empty rhetoric.
Building public health system capacity for NHI: Learning from disease-specific successes for system development

Building public health system capacity for NHI: Learning from disease-specific successes for system development

Opinion: We are reminded on a daily basis of failures in our public health system:  strikes, stock-outs, critical vacancies, vulnerable patients left to die, cancer patients without treatment,  dilapidated and poorly equipped facilities, rampant corruption and wholesale capture of provincial health departments. By Helen Schneider, Uta Lehmann, Lucy Gilson
Not forgotten: The sordid story of how Mosebenzi ‘Gupta’ Zwane’s thugs wreaked havoc in a Free State hospital

Not forgotten: The sordid story of how Mosebenzi ‘Gupta’ Zwane’s thugs wreaked havoc in a Free State hospital

An article this week by the Daily Maverick’s Ferial Haffajee The sordid story of Mosebenzi ‘Gupta’ Zwane – South Africa’s most captured Cabinet minister reminds us just what a scumbag this former MEC, Minister and still Member of our Parliament is.
Major downward adjustment of SA TB figures by WHO

Major downward adjustment of SA TB figures by WHO

The dramatically lower rate of new tuberculosis infections and TB deaths in South Africa just reported by the World Health Organisation primarily reflects a change in methodology rather than an actual change in the number of TB cases. Either way, it makes for welcome news.
Dear Mr President, we need to talk about our health system

Dear Mr President, we need to talk about our health system

Four of South Africa’s top public health systems academics last month sent a letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa as the country grapples with finding solutions for our struggling health services.
G23 women respond to Morah’s threats to activist

G23 women respond to Morah’s threats to activist

The Group of 23 women have come out in support of their fellow activist Vuyiseka Dubula, who recently received a threatening letter from UNAIDS Director Erasmus Morah. He demanded she retract a range of statements.
Vuyiseka Dubula statement in response to Morah

Vuyiseka Dubula statement in response to Morah

Vuyiseka Dubula last week released a statement in response to the threatening legal letter sent by former UNAIDS Country Director to South Africa Erasmus Morah.
The progressive case for delaying NHI

The progressive case for delaying NHI

Healthcare in South Africa is in a tenuous state. The public healthcare system is in crisis – provinces are underfunded, corruption is rife, in many areas posts are effectively frozen.
More sexual harassment woes for UNAIDS

More sexual harassment woes for UNAIDS

UNAIDS Nigeria Country Director’s threat to sue AIDS activist Vuyiseka Dubula for implying that he is a sexual predator may have backfired as more witnesses come forward. Update: UNAIDS have since placed Morah on special leave. By Kerry Cullinan, Health-e News Service
Cry Ndlovu Cry

Cry Ndlovu Cry

Ndlovu Care Group and patients have been at the centre of a battle with the Limpopo health MEC who ended the contract and wants the almost 4 000 healthy HIV patients transferred to battling state clinics.

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Spotlight reports from the 2018 AIDS Conference in Amsterdam

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AIDS2018: Humans in the Age of HIV-Where I work now, I actually feel like a woman

AIDS2018: Humans in the Age of HIV-Where I work now, I actually feel like a woman

By Nomatter Ndebele Thirty-seven-year-old Zelda Leonie, has been a sex worker since she was 17 years old. She decided to go into sex work when she realized that she could not depend on her mother to provide them with everything, so she turned to sex work. “I was desperate, I wanted things that my mother …
AIDS2018: Humans in the Age of HIV-Carmen is impossible to miss

AIDS2018: Humans in the Age of HIV-Carmen is impossible to miss

By Nomatter Ndebele Carmen is impossible to miss. She comes sauntering down the road with her luscious  black locks bouncing gently behind her, as she moves closer she casually drops her arms and reveals her toned abdomen, sporting a tattoo that rises to the side of her midriff. Carmen is a transgender person who does …
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 and reinstate an aeromedical service provided by Red Cross Air Mercy Service (AMS). The order will force the province to cancel its contract with the controversial Buthelezi HEMS, something it has been reluctant to do despite an earlier order from the Supreme Court of Appeal unequivocally stating that Red Cross AMS, and not Buthelezi HEMS, should provide the service as per an awarded tender.
Health4Sale: Free State – Multi-million Rand contract delivers dodgy medical equipment

Health4Sale: Free State – Multi-million Rand contract delivers dodgy medical equipment

Brand new theatre beds are broken within months and sub-standard anaesthesia machines stand unused following the award of a multi-million Rand medical equipment tender by the Free State Department of Health to a company called Mediquip SA Hub of which two co-directors are George Sebulela, of the Black Business Council and one of the latest additions to the Eskom board, and Tefetso Bernard Phitsane, a senior ANC politician in the Free State and close ally of Ace Magashule.
Sex Work and the new NSP

Sex Work and the new NSP

By Marlise Richter[1], Thuli Khoza[2] and Katlego Rasebitse[3] Sex Work and the ‘National Strategic Plan on HIV, STIs and TB 2017-2022’ – time to be brave! No HIV plan or response will be wholly successful if it does not candidly address the context in which sex work takes place, and do so from within a …
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 sex-work transaction can be prosecuted.
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 South African soil in 2000.
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.

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