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  1. In-depth: Use of urine test for TB increasing

    In 2015, the World Health Organization recommended a urine test that helps with the detection of tuberculosis (TB) in people living with HIV who are hospitalised or who have compromised immune systems

  2. OPINION: Clinical associates can transform healthcare in SA, we should support them

    South Africa is among the most unequal countries in the world with a huge quadruple burden of disease and to address this we need hands. Professor Parimalaranie Yogeswaran argues that we should maximi

  3. Morphine shortages leave patients in pain

    South Africa has only one public sector supplier of resized packages of morphine powder and the company’s failure to deliver since July has left some patients in unspeakable agony. Ufrieda Ho reports.

  4. In-depth: What’s behind the increase in malnutrition deaths among Free State infants?

    When Free State Health MEC Montseng Tsiu took to the podium in April this year to deliver her budget speech, she said there was an increase in deaths of children under five mostly due to severe acute

  5. In-depth: Has 4 years of administration reduced medicine stockouts in North West?

    Public healthcare facilities in the North West have been plagued by chronic medicines stockouts for years. Now, as the province’s health department is again taking the reins after four years under adm

  6. Rural Doctor of the Year: Craig Parker – the doctor-engineer who created a COVID lifeline for rural areas

    A trained engineer and medical doctor, Dr Craig Parker created an oxygen device that was an important lifeline to patients in rural Eastern Cape at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this mo

  7. Opinion: Better data is first step in improving services for persons with disabilities

    South Africa ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities in 2007 – but the data needed to track the implementation of the convention in South Africa is often incomparable acro

  8. In-depth: Why only some public sector patients can access a key breast cancer drug

    A potentially life-saving or life-extending breast cancer medicine is available to public sector patients in several of South Africa’s provinces, but not in the Western Cape. Elri Voigt asks what is b

  9. In-depth: What is behind the Eastern Cape’s nurse training crisis?

    Lecturers doing administrative work, nursing student accommodation found to be uninhabitable, frequent break-ins at some campuses, an exodus of staff since 2017, and some campuses with no students – a

  10. From Cameroonian village to Stellenbosch Professor – top TB researcher reflects on a remarkable journey

    When Novel Chegou first arrived in Stellenbosch from Cameroon in 2004 he sold African crafts at a stall next to the town’s village green to save money for his studies. Today, Professor Chegou is one o

  11. Healthcare problems persist at ‘ideal clinics’, studies show

    The ideal clinic programme has been one of government’s key healthcare interventions in recent years. An extensive review conducted of the initiative in Gauteng suggests that outcomes are mixed. Elri

  12. TB treatment to be shortened to 4 months for most kids

    South Africa last published comprehensive guidelines for the management of childhood tuberculosis (TB) in 2013. Almost a decade later, the guidelines are being updated to recommend a shortened TB trea

  13. As testing volumes improve, government outlines TB recovery plan

    South Africa’s tuberculosis (TB) testing numbers have recovered from dramatic declines in 2020, delegates heard at the opening of the 7th South African TB Conference in Durban. The Department of Healt

  14. COVID-19: Binning of jabs a ‘shocking indictment’ of vaccination campaign, says health expert

    COVID-19 vaccine doses destined to be binned next month are “a shocking indictment” and questions need to be asked about just how effective the country’s vaccination drive has been, some public health

  15. In-depth: Codeine regulation – a tussle between pain relief and addiction

    Whether a pharmacist suggests it for treating headaches or whether a doctor prescribes it for managing post-surgical pain, chances are good that at some point you’ve taken a pain pill containing the o

  16. Patients paid the price as colostomy bags ran out at Gauteng hospital

    From around March to June this year, there was a shortage of colostomy bags at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. This meant that public sector patients were, at times, sent home with too few

  17. Opinion: Mothers and babies pay the price for medical xenophobia

    Pregnant and breastfeeding women and young children should have free healthcare services, irrespective of nationality and documentation status. It is an entitlement that our law already affords them a

  18. Climate change can set back maternal health, says researcher

    Researchers around the world are drawing an ever-more distinct line between rising global temperatures and negative effects on maternal, foetal, and infant health. One of these researchers is Professo

  19. Free State patients say they’re bracing the cold without blankets in hospitals

    In July this year temperatures in some parts of the Free State dropped as low as minus 8 degrees Celsius while in some hospitals patients were told to bring their own blankets or brace the cold withou

  20. ANALYSIS: Reflections on TAC’s future as new leadership elected

    The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) elected new leadership at its recently held seventh national congress. Thabo Molelekwa attended the congress and asked TAC leaders about the organisation’s focus in

  21. Women in Health: Lydia Cairncross, the straight-talker at the helm of Groote Schuur’s surgery recovery project

    Head of general surgery at Groote Schuur Hospital, Professor Lydia Cairncross is a sharp thinker and straight talker. Whether it is on issues of equity and social justice or on how to strengthen quali

  22. Women in Health: Being a midwife is a calling, says founder of Black Women Arise

    Being a midwife is not a career for her, says Sebabatso Tsosane – it’s a calling. Refilwe Mochoari spoke to Tsosane – a midwife, lecturer, and founder of the Free State-based organisation Black Women

  23. Women in Health: Petro Terblanche – the farm girl from Brits who steered Africa’s first mRNA vaccine

    When Professor Petro Terblanche joined biotechnology start-up Afrigen three years ago, she had no idea that the team she was heading up would create the continent’s first mRNA vaccine. But that wasn’t

  24. Women in health: “Everything ends up in the health system,” says psychiatrist Lesley Robertson

    Passionate about community psychiatry, Professor Lesley Robertson spent the bulk of her career as a psychiatrist pushing for mental health reform in South Africa. Now, as head of the community psychia

  25. In-depth: Fewer meds stockouts in SA, but contraceptives often in short supply

    South Africa is seeing fewer medication stockouts than in previous years but contraception shortages continue to be a problem in the country, according to a new report from the Stop Stockouts Project.

  26. Women in Health: Dr Angela Hartwig – a torchbearer for rural health

    At one stage during the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Angela Hartwig was the only doctor at Adelaide Hospital in the Eastern Cape. She also fell ill while pregnant and working, and ended up in a COVID-ward. D

  27. OPINION: Towards women-centred climate change decision-making and budgeting

    The worsening climate crisis poses a threat to women and girls and their access to healthcare in the country. Matshidiso Lencoasa argues that although the ongoing climate crisis is daunting, it can se

  28. AIDS 2022: The latest on long-acting HIV prevention and treatment

    Elri Voigt summarises some of the latest developments on long-acting therapies for HIV presented at the 2022 International AIDS conference. The post AIDS 2022: The latest on long-acting HIV prevention

  29. Women in Health: From test tubes to impacting lives – Dr Thesla Palanee-Phillips on making a difference with science

    Dr Thesla Palanee-Phillips is the Director of Clinical Trials at the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI) at the University of the Witwatersrand. As part of Spotlight’s Women in Healt

  30. Analysis: What is behind the Western Cape’s low PrEP numbers?

    It is estimated that in 2021, around 0.3% of sexually active people in the Western Cape were taking antiretroviral medicines to prevent HIV infection. This is substantially lower than the national est

  31. Women in Health: Mary Selona is changing ‘the way things are’ – one woman at a time

    Mary Selona, a community activist who heads up the Blood River Advice Centre in Limpopo, is putting women at the centre in her quest for social justice. Whether it is intervening when women are refuse

  32. OPINION: Abortion rights in three African countries  after a major setback in the US

    The right to abortion has been catapulted into the spotlight by Dobbs v Jackson, the landmark judgment of the United States Supreme Court that overturned Roe v Wade – a 50-year-old precedent of that c

  33. AIDS 2022: How to tailor HIV prevention efforts to people’s needs

    One of the hot topics at the recently concluded AIDS 2022 conference held in Montreal, Canada, was how HIV prevention interventions such as pills or injections that prevent HIV infection should be mad

  34. Opinion: World has reached another turning point in the fight against HIV

    The world stands at an inflection point once more in the war against HIV. For those of us working in the field in South Africa, especially, it feels eerily like the battle that was fought 25 years ago

  35. Women in Health: Francesca Conradie – from HIV to groundbreaking TB research

    Dr Francesca Conradie knew she wanted to be a doctor when she was eight years old. Now, 50 years later, she is a pioneer in the field of tuberculosis (TB) and led a landmark trial that changed how dru

  36. COVID-19: Benefits of vaccines still far outweigh risks, experts say

    The benefits of approved COVID-19 vaccines still far outweigh the risks, experts say following a recently reported death in South Africa linked to Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine. Adele Bale

  37. Women in Health: How Daphney Conco dreamed of wearing a graduation gown and did it

    Dr Daphney Conco is passionate about sexual and reproductive health rights – access to abortion in particular – and that is why she is now at the forefront of research on access to abortion services i

  38. Opinion: The health sector can help address the impact of violence against women, here’s how

    At the start of Women’s month this year, the gang rape of eight women at a mine dump in Krugersdorp made headlines in South Africa and abroad, adding to the country’s blood-curdling statistics of femi

  39. AIDS 2022: What does an important STI prevention finding mean for SA?

    Taking the antibiotic doxycycline after condomless sex can reduce the risk of contracting three different sexually transmitted infections (STIs), according to a study presented last week at the AIDS 2

  40. AIDS 2022: What does an important STI prevention finding mean for SA?

    Taking the antibiotic doxycycline after condomless sex can reduce the risk of contracting three different sexually transmitted infections (STIs), according to a study presented last week at the AIDS 2

  41. Women in Health: “I don’t like seeing anybody treated unfairly” – new leader of HIV Clinicians Society

    Juliet Houghton was recently appointed as the CEO of the Southern African HIV Clinician’s Society (SAHCS). As part of Spotlight’s Women in Health series, Bienne Huisman spoke to her about her life wor

  42. In-depth: What are fuelling concerns over nurse training in South Africa?

    Young Nurses Indaba Trade Union says legal and regulatory obstacles are stalling the training of qualified nurses in South Africa – something the country can ill afford. Thabo Molelekwa spoke to union

  43. Opinion: Engaging communities and young people in the HIV response

    The AIDS2022 conference held recently in Montreal, Canada highlighted yet again the need for community activism and the importance of involving young people, writes Dr Yogan Pillay. He argues that the

  44. Clinics hit hard by water shortages in Nelson Mandela Bay

    The Nelson Mandela Bay metro in the Eastern Cape is in the grips of a severe drought. Public health facilities in the metro have been hit hard with some having to close or reduce the number of people

  45. “It took me three seconds to decide” – Fareed Abdullah reflects on his career in public health

    Over the last three decades, Dr Fareed Abdullah has been at the coalface of South Africa’s response to HIV, tuberculosis, and more recently, COVID-19. Biénne Huisman chatted with Abdullah about provid

  46. Analysis: What will a new turnaround plan mean for Kimberley Hospital?

    Northern Cape Health MEC Marupeng Lekwene and the CEO of the Robert Sobukwe Hospital in Kimberley recently launched a turnaround plan to address a litany of challenges at the province’s only tertiary

  47. Experts welcome new HIV treatments for kids

    New child-friendly formulations of several important antiretroviral medicines were recently approved by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority. Thabo Molelekwa asks what this means for

  48. Poor vaccine coverage risks measles outbreak, experts say

    A recently published survey found that only 76.8% of children surveyed have received all their required childhood vaccines. Elri Voigt unpacks the survey findings and asks whether a recent measles out

  49. SA research shedding light on role of microclots in long COVID

    Professor Resia Pretorius and her colleagues at the University of Stellenbosch are at the cutting edge of research into one of the most likely causes of long COVID – inflammatory microclots. Adele Bal

  50. Spotlight on HIV: Six graphs that tell the story

    In 2021, HIV was successfully suppressed in the bodies of around 63% of the close to eight million people living with HIV in South Africa. This is according to recent outputs from Thembisa, the leadin