Dolutegravir, new HIV drug

HIV drugs: Dolutegravir, the new kid on the block Nomatter Ndebele, NSP Review journalist As the fight against HIV/AIDS continues, researchers and health clinicians are looking towards a future that will see low to middle income countries having access to…

SA AIDS Conference 2013 update: TAC receives the Dira Sengwe Award and issues statement

The 6th South African AIDS Conference opened last night in Durban. Sifiso Nkala of the TAC took the stage and accepted the Dira Sengwe Leadership Award on behalf of the TAC. The award “recognises ethical beacons and leaders in AIDS” and was awarded to the TAC in recognition of its critical role in the HIV movement since its inception.

The conference, as the HIV movement more broadly, must be led by the people for whom the ideas and decisions discussed at it mean the most – people living with HIV, yet Sifiso was the only person openly living with HIV to share the stage at the opening ceremony. In the tradition of TAC activism, Sifiso took the opportunity of TAC’s receipt of the award to address the conference audience of around 2500 on the challenges that cripple the health system, cost lives and show that the end of AIDS is not so near as some would have us believe.

SECTION27’s analysis of the MTBPS and 2011/12 adjustments budget

On 25 October 2011 the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, tabled the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) at a sitting of the National Assembly. The MTBPS broadly outlines Government’s proposed spending plans for the next three years. It also provides an opportunity for Government to make adjustments to this year’s budget to cater for changes in expenditure and provide for unanticipated expenses.

Second SECTION27 submission on Draft Zero of the NSP

This is the second submission that SECTION27 is making on the draft National Strategic Plan (NSP) for HIV & AIDS, STIs and TB (Draft Zero for Consultation (“Draft Zero”)). The first submission considered the overall structure of Draft Zero; this…

First SECTION27 submission on Draft Zero of the NSP

This submission is one of three that SECTION27 is making on Draft Zero of the National Strategic Plan on HIV & AIDS, STIs and TB, 2012-2016. In contrast to the other two, which focus on specific substantive issues, this submission…