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World first for SA: All-access for blockbuster TB drug

March 2, 2001       News  

South Africa made history on Monday when the health department announced that all drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) patients will be eligible to receive the new medicine, bedaquiline, becoming the first country to do so.

Drug prices

March 2, 2001
Pharmaceutical Drugs  

The sale of drugs in South Africa earned pharmaceutical companies about R8,25-billion last year, but the public sector only accounted for 24 percent of sales despite the fact that over 80 percent of the population depends on state health.

What the roleplayers had to say…

March 2, 2001
HIV and AIDS  

A collection of quotes on what those involved in the court case and those most likely to be affected have to say.

South Africa’€™s health none too rosy

March 2, 2001
HIV and AIDS  

The impact of HIV/AIDS on all aspects of South African society is hampering even the best efforts to improve the health status of the country and overall the country’€™s health status remains poor.

TAC calls for better services at clinics

February 26, 2001
HIV and AIDS  

More than 300 people attended the Treatment Action Campaign’s Western Cape provincial conference this weekend. The organisation declared its intention to begin a campaign in April to ensure that clinics offered basic medicines and treated people with HIV/AIDS with dignity and respect.

Medical aid amnesty – deadline looms

February 23, 2001
Health Funding  

On March 31, anyone over the age of 30 years, who joins a medical aid for the first time will be forced to pay a higher subscription fee than the norm. This is in keeping with legislation to encourage all South Africans who can afford medical aid to enroll with such schemes rather than placing […]

The Budget – health spending falls behind national expenditure

February 22, 2001
Health Funding  

Health specialists have expressed concern that the budget announced by Finance Minister Trevor Manuel did not go far enough in addressing South Africa’€™s developmental health challenges. Anso Thom and Sue Valentine reports.

The Budget ‘€“ cautious response to AIDS allocation

February 22, 2001
HIV and AIDS  

Health economists have responded cautiously to Finance Minister Trevor Manuel’€™s “generous” allocations towards interventions targeting HIV/AIDS.Manuel announced a R300-million supplementary allocation for targeted HIV/AIDS interventions in 2002/03 and R313,5-million in 2003/04.