TB catch-up plan underway in WC but old challenges linger

TB catch-up plan underway in WC but old challenges linger

In 2019 around 360 000 people in South Africa fell ill with tuberculosis (TB) and about 58 000 people died due to the disease, according to a World Health Organization Report released last week. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these already alarming numbers, with some TB patients stopping treatment during lockdown. Siyabonga Kamnqa looks at the plans the Western Cape Health Department has in place to get its TB programme back on track and finds old challenges still remain.

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OP-ED: Underpaid and Unprotected -The case for supporting Community Health Workers

OP-ED: Underpaid and Unprotected -The case for supporting Community Health Workers

If we are serious about Universal Health Care, we need to match the commitment shown by community health workers (CHWs). Not only must their contribution to the pandemic response be adequately recognised, but CHWs deserve a say in health policymaking and implementation that affects them, the authors argue.

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SA is facing a healthcare worker crisis – What to do?

SA is facing a healthcare worker crisis – What to do?

Many healthcare workers are rightly identified as heroes of South Africa’s COVID-19 response. Yet, often healthcare workers are given very little support in the public healthcare system, something that may get worse as healthcare worker shortages get more acute in the coming years. Kathryn Cleary investigates.

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Government strategy shows billions needed to avert healthcare worker crisis

Government strategy shows billions needed to avert healthcare worker crisis

A new government strategy, obtained by Spotlight and Maverick Citizen, estimates that billions of rands in additional investment is needed to improve staffing levels and equity across provinces by 2025.

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OPINION: The Eastern Cape health crisis is nothing new

OPINION: The Eastern Cape health crisis is nothing new

The healthcare system in the Eastern Cape has been on the brink of collapse for over a decade but the health department has failed to act, writes Nontsikelelo Mpulo.

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COVID-19: Is ‘normal’ healthcare being crowded out?

COVID-19: Is ‘normal’ healthcare being crowded out?

Many types of surgery are being delayed in South African hospitals. HIV and TB testing rates are down. Kathryn Cleary investigates the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on ‘normal’ healthcare in South Africa.

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COVID-19: Community Healthcare Workers are crucial to SA’s response

COVID-19: Community Healthcare Workers are crucial to SA’s response

The Department of Health has announced that it will rely on community healthcare workers to assist with tracking and tracing potential COVID-19 cases but has not provided assurances about how it will protect these workers during the process and beyond, writes Nontsikelelo Mpulo and Tendai Mafuma.

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COVID-19: Discontent among CHWs on the frontlines

COVID-19: Discontent among CHWs on the frontlines

In South Africa’s war against COVID-19 community healthcare workers are foot soldiers on the frontlines. Spotlight spoke to CHWs from across the country about their concerns regarding a lack of protective equipment and job security.

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