In episode 2 of The Science Inside, we looked at the ARV shortages that continually plague South Africa’s public health system, some of the myths surrounding HIV treatment and local research into new kinds of therapies.
"Mia Malan, health editor at the Mail & Guardian and director of its Bhekisisa health journalism centre, says South Africa has the largest public ARV programme in the world. But recent reports indicate that many clinics run out of various kinds of ARVs for at least a day at a time. Shockingly, she says, even those clinics and hospitals that are part of the new national health insurance pilot programme experience these stock outs." – SciBraai
ARVs deliver (when delivered)
On World Aids Day, SA cannot celebrate
Report suggests ARV and TB drug supply woes a 'national crisis'
Eastern Cape drug depot in extremis
Is South Africa breeding a nation of abusers and victims? Mia Malan interrogates why sexual violence in the country is so prevalent.
Aids is a mirror that reflects how we think about society. It exposes our prejudices and our lack of ability to embrace diversity.
The country has made progress with its plans to prevent, treat and monitor HIV but still has a long way to go.
Bhekisisa means "to scrutinise" in Zulu
In South Africa, Zulu patients who would like to be thoroughly assessed by a doctor, would ask the physician to "bhekisisa" them.