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
Experts warn that the country’s overburdened asylum system could leave people trapped at ‘processing centres’ for years
Some pharmacists will be doing their community service at private pharmacies amid a shortage of posts.
Pontsho Pilane explains why women may choose a Caesarean section over a vaginal birth, especially in the private sector.
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.