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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
Provinces make progress with AIDS plans

Provinces make progress with AIDS plans

All nine of South Africa’s provinces have finalised their NSP provincial implementation plans and six out of nine provincial AIDS councils are chaired by premiers, according to the South African National AIDS Council.
South Africa urgently needs an antiretroviral pregnancy registry

South Africa urgently needs an antiretroviral pregnancy registry

South Africa urgently needs a pregnancy register to help establish whether an important new antiretroviral medicine causes birth abnormalities, argues Tom Boyles.
Opinion: The devastating cost of the North West strikes

Opinion: The devastating cost of the North West strikes

Nearly a year on from the crippling health sector strikes in the North West province the full cost is still to emerge. UFRIEDA HO reflects that even the “victors” lost.
Dolutegravir- why new does not automatically mean better

Dolutegravir- why new does not automatically mean better

While the advantages of the new antiretroviral drug dolutegravir have been extensively reported, the potential disadvantages have received relatively little attention, says Dr Tom Boyles.
Report exposes bullying, harassment and abuse at UNAIDS

Report exposes bullying, harassment and abuse at UNAIDS

An independent commissioned following multiple allegations of sexual harassment and bullying by senior staff at UNAIDS has been released telling a story of patriarchy, harassment and abuse of authority. At the centre of it all is UNAIDS head Michel Sidibe. The full report is here: http://www.unaids.org/sites/default/files/media_asset/report-iep_en.pdf The report is titled: “Report on the work of …
12 questions answered on the state of SAHPRA

12 questions answered on the state of SAHPRA

In February 2018 the Medicines Control Council was replaced by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority. Spotlight sent SAHPRA 12 questions to gauge how things are going with the new regulator.

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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