The new coronavirus has exposed the staggeringly uneven distribution of life-saving medical equipment across the world. Ventilators are an essential tool in the treatment of respiratory illnesses, including severe cases of COVID-19, yet across 41 African countries there are fewer than 2,000 ventilators serving hundreds of millions of people. By Joshua Setipa, Managing Director of the UN Technology Bank.
As South Africa joins the global community in fighting a pandemic, this presents an opportune moment to also reflect holistically on our health system, especially health services for womxn. As today marks World Health Day, it’s also important to remind ourselves of the importance of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for our overall health and well-being. By Angelica Pino, Programmes Director, Sonke Gender Justice.
In South Africa, changing one’s gender marker and names on legal documents and certificates is an arduous process, and government officials who aren’t sensitised to transgender people’s struggles are part of the problem.
She describes herself as a ‘doer’ – someone who is passionate, enthusiastic and committed. She is globally known for her pioneering research in the prevention and early diagnosis of cervical cancer.
Across the provinces, the hearings reveal that people do in fact know what they want from a functional health system that serves their needs. But we have to ask, have people been adequately educated about the bill?
Every South African has been affected by diabetes — whether directly or indirectly. For those who have experienced or witnessed the complications of this deadly disease, it can be devastating and disruptive for families and communities, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize* writes.