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Tips for Tito!

Tips for Tito!

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni put out a Twitter appeal last week for inputs on his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement which he delivers today. The Rural Health Advocacy Project's Russell Rensburg heeded his call and has compiled some “Tips for Tito”.
OHSC – need we help it to do more?

OHSC – need we help it to do more?

The Rural Health Advocacy Project's Samantha Khan-Gillmore makes a impassioned plea for the Office of Health Standards Compliance to be capacitated to do more.
NHI: A tale of two hospitals

NHI: A tale of two hospitals

National Health Insurance is supposed to shrink the gulf between the public and private health sector. SECTION27 Researcher Thabang Pooe recently experienced both sides in one day. Here she reflects on her observations.
Health4Sale: Loss and more loss in the North West

Health4Sale: Loss and more loss in the North West

Spotlight returned to the North West recently to take the temperature of the health system. Sadly, the picture is not pretty. The health system has faced massive protests at health facilities, rampant corruption, staff shortages, drug supply challenges and a myriad other problems. One mother shared her story of loss.
Health4Sale: More dodgy equipment supplied to the Free State

Health4Sale: More dodgy equipment supplied to the Free State

A company with a track record of supplying inferior medical equipment to the Free State health department recently sent five mobile x-ray units to Pelonomi Hospital, but it had to be returned after a key part of the machines was too short, making it unusable and increasing the risk of radiation exposure for patients. By Anso Thom and Marcus Low
Health4Sale: Government employee represents private company as Free State again prepares to outsource part of ambulance service

Health4Sale: Government employee represents private company as Free State again prepares to outsource part of ambulance service

The Free State Department of Health has advertised a large new three-year private ambulance tender that flies in the face of comments  by Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi that it is not national policy to outsource ambulance services. Spotlight also has evidence that a Municipal government employee attended the pre-bid briefing on behalf of controversial businessman Thapelo Buthelezi. By Marcus Low and Anso Thom
Our health system: Babies are the “canaries in the mine”

Our health system: Babies are the “canaries in the mine”

If our hospitals were mines they would be declared unsafe. Unfortunately though our canary-babies and their mothers can’t choose not to go into the mine. 
But hey, who cares?

But hey, who cares?

Once upon a time and not so long ago our politicians and senior public servants cared about the lives of other people. They cared about the loss of life. They took personal risks to prevent it. They went to prison. They went into exile. They risked their own security and comfort. That was once upon a time. That was history. 

IN FOCUS: AIDS2018 Amsterdam

Spotlight reports from the 2018 AIDS Conference in Amsterdam

Posted about Treatment in 2017

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 International AIDS Conference in Durban.

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