Why a major finding on HIV and statins may not be that relevant in SA
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by Elri Voigt
4d ago
One of the biggest stories in HIV in the last year was that a class of medicines called statins could help reduce cardiovascular disease in people living with the virus. In response, treatment guidelines in the United States were quickly updated, but the picture is more complicated in South Africa. Spotlight’s Elri Voigt explores why the case for widespread use of statins by people living with HIV is less compelling in South Africa than in some other countries. The post Why a major finding on HIV and statins may not be that relevant in SA appeared first on Spotlight ..read more
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Why affirming treatment for gender questioning youth matters in SA
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by Jenna-Lee de Beer-Procter and Pierre Brouard
1w ago
Gender-affirming healthcare for transgender youth has sparked intense debate globally. In South Africa, we need to significantly improve accessibility throughout the country, ensure services are well-resourced, include trained healthcare providers skilled in gender affirming care, and offer comprehensive care that integrates mental health and social services, write Jenna-Lee de Beer-Procter and Pierre Brouard, on behalf of fellow board members of the Professional Association for Transgender Health South Africa. The post Why affirming treatment for gender questioning youth matters in SA appeare ..read more
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Criminalisation of medical errors: What are the issues?
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by Thabo Molelekwa
1w ago
The South African Medical Association has for years raised concerns about the criminalisation of medical errors, stressing that current legal practices may undermine patient safety and deter doctors from performing high-risk procedures. Spotlight’s Thabo Molelekwa investigates. The post Criminalisation of medical errors: What are the issues? appeared first on Spotlight ..read more
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#InTheSpotlight | HIV prevention injections exist, but hardly anyone can get them
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by Catherine Tomlinson
1w ago
HIV prevention injections have been registered for use in South Africa, but their high price and limited supply means that for the next few years, while awaiting more affordable generics, very few people will be able to get the jabs. In this Spotlight special briefing, Catherine Tomlinson looks at the difficult choices facing the country if we want to offer the injection to more people more quickly. The calls we make could have global implications. The post #InTheSpotlight | HIV prevention injections exist, but hardly anyone can get them appeared first on Spotlight ..read more
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The health minister SA needs: astute politician, inspired leader, humble and fair
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by Ufrieda Ho
1w ago
By month end South Africa will have a new Minister of Health. Ufrieda Ho asked some academics and activists what qualities that person should have to tackle the key health issues the country faces. The post The health minister SA needs: astute politician, inspired leader, humble and fair appeared first on Spotlight ..read more
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OPEN LETTER | Minister of Health Joe Phaahla, make TB a political priority
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by TB Activists
1w ago
In this open letter to Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla, TB activists call for the disease to be made a political priority and demand multisectoral departmental accountability. They outline six demands for implementation by the end of this year. The letter was submitted on the final day of the South African TB Conference being held this week in Durban. The post OPEN LETTER | Minister of Health Joe Phaahla, make TB a political priority appeared first on Spotlight ..read more
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Slow progress after decision to make TB prevention pills more widely available
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by Tiyese Jeranji
2w ago
Besides preventing illness and death, tuberculosis prevention therapy is estimated to be highly cost effective. Yet, uptake of the medication is not what it could be in South Africa. Tiyese Jeranji asks how much has changed since the Department of Health last year decided to make TB prevention therapy much more widely available. The post Slow progress after decision to make TB prevention pills more widely available appeared first on Spotlight ..read more
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More uproar at Zithulele Hospital as senior doctor is moved
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by Sue Segar
2w ago
A senior doctor who worked at Zithulele Hospital in the Eastern Cape for close to a decade has been instructed to report to the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in Mthatha. Some Zithulele hospital staff and community members last week protested the move. Sue Segar reports. The post More uproar at Zithulele Hospital as senior doctor is moved appeared first on Spotlight ..read more
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Who will be SA’s Minister of Health in the new cabinet?
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by Marcus Low
2w ago
After the ANC received less than 41% of the votes in last week’s national elections, negotiations are now underway that will determine how and by who South Africa is governed. Ministerial posts, including the country’s top health job, might be on the negotiating table. Spotlight considers the candidates for the post of South Africa’s Minister of Health. The post Who will be SA’s Minister of Health in the new cabinet? appeared first on Spotlight ..read more
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At the heart of the NHI lies fairness: Outgoing chair of parliament’s health committee defends record
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by Biénne Huisman
2w ago
The chairperson of the National Assembly’s Portfolio Committee on Health Dr Kenneth Jacobs played a pivotal role in deliberations on the National Health Insurance Bill. Spotlight's Biénne Huisman asked Jacobs about some criticisms of NHI and about his plans for life after Parliament. The post At the heart of the NHI lies fairness: Outgoing chair of parliament’s health committee defends record appeared first on Spotlight ..read more
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