Idasa and the Journalism Department at the University of Stellenbosch held a workshop for community journalists, tackling the issue of Governance and HIV/AIDS. Health-e journalist Anso Thom spoke to the participants.
Government committed itself to having 53 000 people on antiretrovirals (ARVs) by the end of 2004. What are the challenges government faces in rolling out? What is the hold up? Is government dragging its feet, is there a lack of political will or are there real problems with implementation? And what role do the media have to play in all of this? The HIV/AIDS and the Media Project and the Journalism Department at the University of Stellenbosch hosted a panel discussion addressing these very questions. Anso Thom was one of the panellists.
Professor Ashraf Coovadia shakes his head. ‘What really grates me is that we have the resources. Yes, we have challenges, but we have the skills, we have the facilities, we have the expertise ‘ much more than in most of Africa and in certain respects comparable to the developed world’.
Patient CZ’s horror story represents a myriad of breakdowns within the Gauteng health system ‘ ranging from stockouts of critical drugs, long delays in investigative and diagnostic procedures and stockouts of basics such as clean linen.
Avoidable deaths occur on a weekly basis at Helen Joseph hospital while Leratong hospital is a tragedy and disaster, a senior doctor said this week.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the Helen Joseph doctor has agreed to supply an affidavit should SECTION27 pursue a legal avenue.