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Health for all should be non-negotiable

June 7, 2017
Opinion & Commentary  

COMMENT: In the wake of the World Health Organisation electing its first African leader, TB-survivor Ingrid Oxley writes that fighting TB should be a priority.

DIY test for HIV comes to a pharmacy near you

It’s as simple and easy as a home pregnancy test, and should be treated similarly, argues Health-e News writer Amy Green who went through the process of self-testing for HIV.

Cancer: It’s all about the price tag

November 2, 2016
Opinion & Commentary   Press Release  

Dr Marais, CEO of the Independent Clinical Oncology Network (ICON), examines the high cost of cancer in South Africa and the financial impact on the patient and practitioner.

National Health Insurance: Bring in the specialists

There’s a dire shortage of medical specialists, yet provinces have cut budgets for their training. Specialists need to be involved in planning the NHI roll-out to prevent such things from happening, writes South African Society of Anaesthesiologists CEO Natalie Zimmelman.


South Africa’s rural cancer conundrum

Two types of conditions can spell death in South Africa’s rural areas, and I just diagnosed a patient with one of them, writes a rural doctor in the latest installment of our Rural Reflections blog.

Opinion: Psychologists playing a defensive game

March 31, 2016
Mental Health   Opinion & Commentary  

In a country plagued by endemic violence and social inequality, psychologists cannot constrain themselves to the four walls of consulting rooms. To meet the needs of its patients, psychology must rethink its identity and voice in the fight for social justice, writes Garret Barnwell.

[Updated]The hidden violence: Women and attempted suicide

For hundreds of murdered South African women, the last face they see is a face they used to love. Almost 60 percent of women murdered annually may die by their partner’s hands but who is counting the women who die by their own hands when violence at home becomes too much, asks Garret Barnwell.