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#Vote4Health: Little accountability as (almost all) Health MECs dodge questions

#Vote4Health: Little accountability as (almost all) Health MECs dodge questions

Missed deadlines, non-communication and excuses sum up the overwhelming “responses” from the country’s nine health MECs when Spotlight asked them to reflect on their time in office and what people can expect from them beyond the elections.
#Vote4Health: Five appointments to watch after May 8

#Vote4Health: Five appointments to watch after May 8

Apart from a potential change in Health Minister, several key other health leadership roles may change after South Africa’s May 8th elections.
#People: The story of Fortunate Sithole

#People: The story of Fortunate Sithole

Fortunate Sithole has a story to tell. She shared a snippet of it with Biénne Huisman. Joyrene Kramer took the photographs.
#Vote4Health: Is the National Quality Improvement Plan for health good enough?

#Vote4Health: Is the National Quality Improvement Plan for health good enough?

Quality of care often falls short in South Africa’s public healthcare system. Ektaa Deochand of SECTION27 takes a critical look at government’s plans to improve things.
#Vote4Health: Seven years of struggle at Holy Cross Hospital

#Vote4Health: Seven years of struggle at Holy Cross Hospital

The long-suffering Holy Cross Hospital outside Flagstaff, Eastern Cape, has a troubling history. As part of the #Vote4Health series, Spotlight and Health-e News re-visited the hospital after years of turmoil.
#Vote4Health: More than a bucket and a plaster to fix rural healthcare

#Vote4Health: More than a bucket and a plaster to fix rural healthcare

As the seasons change and summer becomes a more distant memory, May elections creep closer and closer for the country. Campaign posters line the roadways and fight for space on telephone poles of every city and village.
Weight gain with new antiretrovirals: Its complicated

Weight gain with new antiretrovirals: Its complicated

The ARV dolutegravir will soon become part of standard first line HIV treatment in South Africa. Two leading experts discuss what we do and do not know about dolutegravir and weight gain.
Doc explains healthcare for transgender people

Doc explains healthcare for transgender people

Dr Anastacia Tomson outlines the barriers to adequate, safe and informed health care for transgender people.

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

Health4Sale Part 1: North West blows HIV money on controversial private ambulance service

Health4Sale Part 1: North West blows HIV money on controversial private ambulance service

The North West Department of Health blew over R100-million expressly earmarked for HIV on two controversial private ambulance companies. Serious red flags are also raised by some of the invoices submitted by one of these companies. Spotlight joins the dots in this two-part investigative feature Health4Sale.
10 things to know about TB in South Africa

10 things to know about TB in South Africa

Tuberculosis (TB) is still a crisis in South Africa. Here are 10 quick facts about the state of TB in South Africa.
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.

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