Spotlight has over the last year published a number of articles about sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR). We have also kept a close eye on what appears to be a decrease in the access that women in some parts of the country have to termination of pregnancy (TOP) services. In this episode of the Spotlight podcast host Nomatter Ndebele chats to Vuyokazi (Vovo) Gonyela, of SECTION27 and the Treatment Action Campaign, about SRHR and TOP in South Africa. As always, listening to Vovo is both fascinating and hugely informative.
The Treatment Action Campaign’s treatment literacy programme has played an important part in the lives of thousands of people as well as in the wider struggle against AIDS denialism and for access to antiretroviral therapy. The programme showed that anyone, irrespective of education or class, can understand the basic science of HIV and the basics of how HIV are treated. As a successful model of patient empowerment TAC’s treatment literacy programme has few, if any, equals.
In this episode of the Spotlight podcast host Nomatter Ndebele chats to Siphiwe Mhlangana, a TAC branch educator from Katlehong North, about what treatment literacy entails and why it still matters so many years into the HIV epidemic.
With the introduction of National Health Insurance and various other
quality improvement, human resource, and infrastructure initiatives South Africa’s healthcare system is undergoing major reforms. In this episode of the Spotlight podcast host Nomatter Ndebele chats to Russell Rensburg, director of the Rural Health Advocacy Project, about
how these reforms are proceeding and how they should proceed. As
always, Rensburg provides much food for thought.
The National Strategic Plan (NSP) for HIV, TB and STIs 2017 – 2022
sets various targets for the country’s HIV response. In this episode
of the Spotlight podcast host Nomatter Ndebele chats to Spotlight
editor Marcus Low about how South Africa is performing against key NSP
indicators and what that tells us about the state of the AIDS
The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has, and continues to, play a critical role in South Africa’s response to HIV and AIDS. It produces country operational plans (or COPs) that determines how PEPFAR funds will be invested in countries. In recent years civil society organisations have been engaging more and more with the COP process – producing what is referred to as a “People’s COP”. In this episode of the Spotlight podcast your host Nomatter Ndebele chats to Lotti Rutter of HealthGAP about what the People’s COP is and why it matters.
Justice Edwin Cameron is a judge in South Africa’s Constitutional Court. He is also a gay man living openly with HIV. On 9 December 2018 he addressed members, supporters and allies of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) at the TAC’s 20-year celebrations at the Women’s jail at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. Justice Cameron spoke about stigma, evidence and the law. As always, he is worth listening to.
The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) turned 20 on 10 December 2018. On the evening of the 9th of December Dr Fareed Abdullah addressed TAC
members, supporters and allies at the Women’s Jail at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. He provided an overview of the past 20 years in
South Africa’s AIDS response and provided a frank assessment of the work still ahead of us. Abdullah is currently responsible for
tuberculosis at the South African Medical Research Council and was previously the CEO of the South African National AIDS Council. The
sound quality of this recording is not very good. We apologise for that.
A recent judgement of South Africa’s Constitutional Court ruled that individuals have the right to grow and use marijuana. Buying and selling marijuana however remains illegal. In this edition of the Spotlight Podcast, host Nomatter Ndebele chats to Dr Michael Herbst of the Cancer Association of South Africa about the implications of the judgement. They also discuss the scientific evidence for various medical uses of marijuana, the drug’s potential role in healthcare in South Africa, and what needs to happen next in terms of legislation.
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.)
In episode 2 we catch up with the processes around the Life Esidimeni tragedy. Christine Nxumalo discusses what further action the families are hoping for. Tendai Mafuma provides fascinating insights into the prospects for criminal liability. Mark Heywood gives his views on the politics surrounding the case and what that means for accountability.