Almost 25 percent of health facilities surveyed nationally have gone without HIV or tuberculosis (TB) medicines at least once in the last year, according to preliminary survey results released this week.
Dozens of activists and patients picketed today outside the Johannesburg meeting of a United Nations high level panel on access to medicines. Activists have demanded governments fund more drug research and development.
South Africa has just announced that thousands of HIV-negative sex workers will be eligible to receive antiretrovirals (ARV) to help prevent them from becoming infected with HIV. Here are five things you should know about HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis.
More than three million South Africans are on antiretrovirals (ARVs) today but even the world’s largest HIV treatment programme has been unable to reach those who live in society’s forgotten corners where HIV thrives among darkness and death.
South Africa has become one of the world’s first countries to begin rolling out pre-exposure prophylaxis as well as ‘test and treat’ to sex workers as it launches Africa’s first plan to prevent and treat HIV among sex workers.
One pill a day will soon help keep thousands of sex workers HIV-free as South Africa is expected to announce today that it will provide antiretrovirals to thousands HIV-negative sex workers in a bid to keep them HIV free.
The Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) is expected to announce a reprieve for thousands of unregistered dental hygienists nationwide just weeks ahead of a change in policy that could have left many open to criminal prosecution.
Facing a R9-billion shortfall just to meet salary demands, provincial health departments are freezing posts. Whether couched openly in memos or hidden between the lines of spiralling bureaucracy, staff freezes may be South Africa’s most significant threat to healthcare.