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
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