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Health4Sale: Limpopo air ambulance service grounded after dodgy contract

Health4Sale: Limpopo air ambulance service grounded after dodgy contract

Two doctors who run a small-scale ambulance service in Louis Trichardt (Makhado) in Limpopo with no aeromedical experience, landed a lucrative air ambulance contract with the provincial health department which has already paid out close to R3-million in four months. By Anso Thom and Marcus Low
In-depth: The problem of stopping or not starting HIV treatment

In-depth: The problem of stopping or not starting HIV treatment

Many people in South Africa living with HIV never start taking antiretroviral treatment, or start and then stop. Spotlight asked the experts how big a problem this is and what can be done about it.
Analysis: How a cutting edge medicine made it to SA’s new ARV tender

Analysis: How a cutting edge medicine made it to SA’s new ARV tender

New medicines usually take many years or even decades to reach public sector patients in South Africa. One new HIV medicine is an exception.
Strike terrifies mental health patients in North West

Strike terrifies mental health patients in North West

A group of workers staged a strike at Witrand psychiatric hospital in Potchefstroom trashing several sections in the facility and terrifying mental health patients.
Will the President cure the health system?

Will the President cure the health system?

Last year's Presidential Health Summit was supposed to be a big step towards saving our health system. Last week was the release of a report on the summit. Is this the panacea the health system has been waiting for?
Four healthcare priorities for South Africa’s budget

Four healthcare priorities for South Africa’s budget

Russell Rensburg of the Rural Health Advocacy Project outlines four healthcare priorities for today’s critical budget.
UN Committee finds austerity measures implemented in SA “may further worsen inequalities”

UN Committee finds austerity measures implemented in SA “may further worsen inequalities”

The United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has called for more inclusive economic policies and a review of fiscal policy to enable government to meet its Constitutional and international human rights obligations. But is Tito Mboweni willing to take a tip based on international law? Sadly, it seems unlikely by Mark Heywood.
Presidential Health Summit report released

Presidential Health Summit report released

Will the Presidential Health Summit be a turning point? The pill the sick and ailing health system needs? Only time will tell, but yesterday the report with the outputs from the October summit was released in Cape Town. Read the report and the President's speech here.
Make the health system, not health politics, a priority in this SONA

Make the health system, not health politics, a priority in this SONA

South Africa has been “on the brink” of major health system change for almost a decade. National Health Insurance (NHI) has been the buzz-phrase for  years, but somehow it is still one of the most elusive policies of our time and  it is made less tangible with each iteration of the policy. Sasha Stevenson and Nomatter Ndebele on why we are nowhere.
Ailing Nation – The things SONA Won’t Say About the Health Crisis

Ailing Nation – The things SONA Won’t Say About the Health Crisis

Tonight when President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his second state of the nation address (SONA) he will say very little about the actual health of the nation. Mark Heywood unpacks what the President is unlikely to address in his SONA tonight and why that is poor

IN FOCUS: #Vote4Health

In this series we will take stock of the state of healthcare services in South Africa 25 years into democracy.

Posted about Treatment in 2017

Renewed hope for crypto, a deadly AIDS-defining fungal opportunistic infection

Renewed hope for crypto, a deadly AIDS-defining fungal opportunistic infection

Cryptococcosis (“crypto”) is a common AIDS-defining fungal opportunistic infection worldwide. It has been neglected for many years. This is about to change.
Mental health and pill-taking: Getting beyond HIV

Mental health and pill-taking: Getting beyond HIV

“A few weeks ago we lost Prudence Mbele, a beloved long-time activist living openly with HIV, who died of TB. Prudence was famous for her ‘pill holidays’ – a big no-no in HIV-land, as it leads to further immune damage. The idea of someone stopping their life-saving tablets – even temporarily – boggles the minds of most health providers. Her death triggered an intense media and Facebook/Twitter reaction, filled both with criticism at her choices as well as empathy, as people shared their own hard stories about taking antiretrovirals. Professor Francois Venter writes for Spotlight about the difficulties of taking pills for the rest of your life and dealing with the mental health issues relating to illness.
Modernising ART

Modernising ART

By Dr Michelle Moorhouse - Antiretroviral therapy (ART) in South Africa seems set for a revolution with a new drug combination that is highly effective and involves only one pill a day that is smaller than an aspirin. One of South Africa’s top HIV clinicians explains.

Recent Episodes

Episode 6: Justice Edwin Cameron addresses the TAC 20-year celebrations

Justice Edwin Cameron of South Africa’s Constitutional Court recently addressed attendees at the TAC’s 20-year celebrations. We bring you a recording of what he had to say to TAC members, supporters and allies.

Episode 5: Dr Fareed Abdullah on South Africa’s AIDS response

Dr Fareed Abdullah of the SA MRC, previously CEO of SANAC, recently addressed the TAC’s 20-year celebrations. Listen what he had to say about the history of South Africa’s AIDS response and where we are now.

Episode 4: Marijuana, health and the law in South Africa

Host Nomatter Ndebele chats to Dr Michael Herbst of the Cancer Association of South Africa about the landmark Constitutional Court judgement on the possession and use of marijuana and the judgement’s implications for the health of people in South Africa.

Episode 3: Sasha Stevenson on what NHI and HMI means for healthcare reform in South Africa

At a recent civil society meeting jointly hosted by SECTION27 and Spotlight, Sasha Stevenson, head of health at SECTION27, presented on the implications of NHI and HMI for access to healthcare in South Africa. We now make her informative and thought-provoking presentation available as a podcast. (We apologise for the poor quality of the recording.)

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