Home > News > Public Health Public Health Opinion: Community-led monitoring is a breakthrough in our HIV response Thanks to community-led monitoring in South Africa, we now have the data to back up the stories we have all heard about – early morning queues that last all day long when clinics fail to open on time and then also close early, writes Anele Yawa and Lotti Rutter. WATCH | 5 ways the coronavirus is changing daily lives WATCH | How coronavirus hijacks a body What the budget means for healthcare in South Africa Alicestine October buried herself in mountains of budget documents and spoke to the experts to figure out what Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s new budget means for health. Here is what she found. Vhembe gets its first disability-friendly driving school While many villagers living with disabilities in rural Vhembe remain unemployed, an NGO based in the region aims to improve their chances of being employed by helping them acquire a driver’s licence. Grieving family sues government over negligence A family is suing the Limpopo department of health over the death of a woman after she gave birth at Kgapane Hospital. Family struggles to care for mentally ill relative As a Limpopo family battles to meet the needs of a relative who needs care, they are pleading for assistance from government. Budget Speech 2020: ‘The NHI is protected’ Despite budget cuts, Treasury says NHI pilot projects will be safeguarded. NHI public hearings: 'First fix the issues, then implement the NHI' While the majority of Gauteng residents want the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill to be implemented as soon as possible, they also want the government to not shy away from the serious healthcare system challenges the province faces. #NHIPublicHearings: 'Addressing inequality is long overdue' The proceedings in Piketberg and Khayelitsha highlighted the cries of farmworkers and people living in townships. Spotlight on NHI: Calls in Mangaung to fix the healthcare system before implementing NHI Many residents of Mangaung in the Free State came out in support of the NHI Bill during the public hearings this week but asked that existing problems in the healthcare sector first be fixed. WATCH | 'Why do you want to be a woman when you are not': Love, acceptance & HIV In a world where transgender people face stigma and discrimination every day, these clinics are trying to make their lives easier. Water issues raise concern at Limpopo hospital Water shortages and restrictions are some of the issues that impact the quality of care at Kgapane Hospital in Limpopo. Community establishes farming cooperative to fight hunger Limpopo leads the SA stats on households with adequate access to food, thanks to groups like Letsitele Agricultural Cooperative. No radical changes for WC health as new department head is introduced The Western Cape Department of Health will get a new Head of Department, Dr Keith Cloete by April, but it seems there will be no radical changes to the strategic direction and work of this department. Health in 2020: Eight questions facing SA For all the promising dust that has been kicked up, there is still very little to show for the new dawn when it comes to healthcare - maybe 2020 will be the year when the dust settles, and we see just how much has or has not changed. Woman loses baby after four days of labour at South Rand Hospital A grieving woman questions why hospital staff refused to perform a Caesarean section despite her pleas. What it's like: Being a midwife in South Africa While the word midwife conjures up images of old-fashioned births, the profession is still a vital part of modern health care. Spotlight spoke to a number of midwives, and those involved in training, about what it takes to be a midwife. NHI public hearings: Broken healthcare systems come to the fore Gauteng, the last province to host National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill public hearings, is NHI ready, according to the Gauteng Health MEC who sat down with us in an exclusive interview. But how do residents feel about the NHI Bill’s progress? Face to face: Mase Manopole, Northern Cape MEC for Health The Northern Cape is both South Africa’s largest and most sparsely populated province. Biénne Huisman sat down with Health MEC Mase Manopole to discuss healthcare in this often-forgotten part of the country. WATCH | Meet the healthcare workers filling the gap when doctors and nurses are few and far between When a rural hospital brought this woman into its multidrug-resistant TB programme, it saw a 20% jump in the people who were cured. The catch? She’s not even a doctor. #NHIPublicHearings: ‘Don't say that the government doesn't do anything for you’ Much like at the hearings before this one, residents demand the current public healthcare facilities to be fixed first. Projects use movies to change health behaviour in Africa Steps is a non-profit organisation that uses film to educate, intervene and advocate for healthcare and social justice issues in impacted communities around Southern Africa. #NHIPublicHearings: Bloemfontein has its say on the NHI bill Although a number of people in Bloemfontein support the National Health Insurance Bill, they demand quality healthcare services first. Here's what the latest health review reveals about the relationship between South Africa's youth and healthcare Young people make up about a third of the population, but healthcare services are not designed for their needs. Meet Salome Maswime, the trailblazing woman appointed as UCT’s new head of Global Surgery Associate Professor Salome Maswime is a dreamer who is reimagining patient-centred healthcare. load more articles advertisement Live healthier Lifestyle » E-cigarettes: Here are five things to know E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade, but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the US is feeding caution about a product that's already banned in some places. Allergy » Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.