The South African Health News Service
Find a Clinic
Medicine Price Registry
Return to Content

SA’s HIV score: ‘A’ for meds, ‘F’ for condoms

January 31, 2019

While South Africa has increased HIV spending at district level with stellar results, access to condoms has plummeted, according to the latest District Health Barometer (DHB).

Are workless doctors being ‘picky’?

January 21, 2019

After turning down placements at rural hospitals, hundreds of newly qualified doctors remain unemployed while the country’s rural state hospitals remain desperately understaffed because of a complex – yet fixable – situation. Health-e News’ Amy Green investigates whether these health professionals are being ‘picky’ and what possible solutions there are to this senseless situation.

Sick building, sick health department

December 13, 2018

For the past eight months, the national Department of Health has been unable address poor conditions at its head office, Civitas, in part because of a breakdown in relations between the Minister and the Director General.

SADMON 5: When social media doesn’t go viral

November 23, 2018

While Sadmon’s management of the Department of Health’s Twitter account is not disastrous, there is little evidence of the kind of sophisticated social media campaigns one would expect as part of a R352 million contract. The evidence also shows that the Department of Health has not done particularly well on social media when compared to […]

SADMON 4: Autopsy of the Phila campaign  

November 22, 2018

The bill for July 2017 was R17-million but very little was achieved – and the Department of Health shouldered some of the blame as it often was not available to approve Phila activities.

SADMON 3: Red Ribbon or white elephant?

November 21, 2018

Millions of condoms pile up at the Department of Health’s Red Ribbon warehouse as there seems to be no budget to pay couriers.

SADMON 2: How not to manage a govt contract

November 20, 2018

Monthly progress reports submitted by Sadmon are studded with incidences of frustration and finger pointing. While the Department of Health is clearly highly ineffectual in extracting value from this contract, Sadmon are not the innovative, mass media communication experts they profess to be.