SA uses mapping tech to help eradicate HIV/Aids

Knowledge generated by communities is playing a vital role in informing HIV prevention and treatment programmes as health NGO Right to Care gears up to find innovative ways to reach UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets by 2020. These are ambitious treatment targets to help end the AIDS epidemic., Dorman Chimhamhiwa, head of Right to Care’s Geographic Information […]

Cervical cancer still the leading cause of cancer death among SA women

 The Clinical HIV Research Unit (CHRU) and health NGO Right to Care have joined forces to raise awareness about cervical cancer, the leading cause of cancer death among South African women. Tomorrow is International Gynaecological Awareness Day which aims to raise awareness about gynaecological and sexual health issues. The primary underlying cause of cervical cancer is the Human Papilloma […]

Call for Hepatitis C to be eliminated in SA

Monday, 8 October 2018: Ahead of the South African Drug Policy Week 2018, Prof. Ian Sanne, CEO of Right to Care, one of South Africa’s largest health NGOs, called for South Africa to start a Hepatitis C (HCV) elimination programme while overall prevalence of this infectious disease here is still relatively low. According to a […]

What will it take to circumcise another two million men in SA?

South Africa is just over half-way through a massive effort by multiple stakeholders to circumcise 4.3-million men which will avert 1.3-million new HIV infections. But what will it take to achieve the final targets? Dr Khumbulani Moyo, medical male circumcision project director at Right to Care explains. Wednesday 1 August 2018: Soon after the World Health Organization recommended that voluntary medical male circumcision is offered as part of a comprehensive HIV prevention strategy, South Africa’s circumcision programme kicked off in 2010. There was […]

SA’s heterosexuals exacerbate mental illness in LGBTI communities

Thursday, 5 July 2018: Many South Africans still consider the lesbian gay bisexual transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community to be different, abnormal or sinister. “This leads to LGBTI individuals suffering from self-discrimination, social isolation, depression, substance abuse and suicidal behaviour,” explains Craig Chapman, programme coordinator at Right to Care, South Africa’s largest health NGO at […]

ART adherence clubs set to help SA eradicate HIV/Aids

Thursday 7 June 2018: Just being an active member of a club can save a life and make a significant impact on South Africa’s effort to meet the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets focused on ending the Aids epidemic by 2020. Xabiso Mjiwu, Programme Coordinator at Right to Care, says, “We are scaling up adherence clubs in […]

Standard TB cases decline but drug resistant TB soars

Thursday 22 March 2018: Tuberculosis (TB) is the number one cause of death amongst infectious diseases in South Africa. While the incidence of drug-susceptible (DS-TB), which is treated with the antibiotics rifampicin and isoniazid, has marginally declined in the past decade, there has been a marked increase in drug-resistant TB (DR-TB). The gains worldwide in […]

Medication ATMs launched in SA: patient waiting times cut to under 3 minutes

Johannesburg – Thursday, 15 June 2018: A groundbreaking ‘ATM pharmacy’ that gives patients with chronic illnesses their repeat medication in under three minutes was officially opened in Alexandra today.   The innovative Pharmacy Dispensing Unit™ (PDU™) is the first of its kind in Africa and was developed by a team comprising experts from Right to […]

Call to focus on blessers driving HIV who don’t access healthcare services  

During reproductive health month, Right to Care an HIV/Aids Not-for-Profit Organisation has called on South African healthcare workers to actively implement and support strategies that target people at risk and ‘blessers’ who are driving the HIV epidemic among young women. Prior to the eighth African Conference of Sexual and Reproductive Health (12 – 15 February in Johannesburg), Hermina Dyeshana, programme specialist at […]

Call to focus on blessers driving HIV who don’t access healthcare services 

Monday, 12 February 2018: During reproductive health month, Right to Care, an HIV/Aids not-for-profit organisation has called on South African healthcare workers to actively implement and support strategies that target people at risk and ‘blessers’ who are driving the HIV epidemic among young women.   Prior to the eighth African Conference of Sexual and Reproductive Health (12 – 15 February in […]

HIV/Aids in babies and children: impressive advances in prevention and treatment

HIV transmission in babies reduced from around 30% to less than 2% Tuesday 5 December 2017: Significant advances have been made with regards to managing children living with HIV/Aids as well as reducing the number of new HIV infections among children in South Africa, with prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) one of the major successes. […]

LGBTIs, men who have sex with men, sex workers, prisoners and people who inject drugs battling to access healthcare

  Monday 4 December 2017: Equity in healthcare will only be achieved when the rights of all population groups, including lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, men who have sex with men, sex workers, prisoners and people who inject drugs, are also fully respected. Edward Sibanda, Programme Coordinator for the Global Fund Programme […]

Programme to reduce chronic diseases in HIV patients kicks off in KZN

Monday, 16 October 2017 – A new integrated chronic care initiative was launched in Kwa-Zulu Natal’s UThukela District last week by Right to Care, together with local NGOs, the Bhekhuzulu Self-Sustaining Project and the Mpilonhle Sanctuary Organization. The initiative aims to reduce the incidence of chronic diseases in HIV positive patients and began with a common […]

HIV prevention possible for those at high risk: men who have sex with men and transgender people 

Wednesday 27 September 2017: Right to Care, with the support of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria is rolling out Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) at three sites in Gauteng and one in the Western Cape, targeting those at high risk for HIV exposure particularly men who have sex with men and transgender people. […]

Right to Care appoints group finance director to manage R1.5 billion budget

Nonhlanhla Nyewula has joined the non-profit organisation Right to Care as group finance director. Right to Care has an annual budget of R1,5 billion and 2300 staff members. The organisation supports and delivers prevention, care, and treatment services for HIV and TB in South Africa and 17 countries across Africa, South East Asia, Eastern Europe […]

Right to Care CEO re-elected as vice-chair of ACTG Network

Monday 21 August 2017: The CEO of the non-profit organisation Right to Care, Prof Ian Sanne, has been elected to serve a second term as the international vice-chair of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) Network, which is the largest HIV/Aids clinical trials organisation in the world. He was recently re-elected at the ACTG Network’s annual […]

Zulu prince announces circumcision edict for the Zulu nation declaring war on HIV/Aids

Durban – Monday, 14 August 2017:  Prince Nhlanganiso Zulu, son of King Goodwill Zwelethini, has called on Zulu men across the country to circumcise. He made the announcement about Medical Male Circumcision (MMC) in the name of the king of the Zulu nation in Durban on Friday. It is only the second time that a public edict […]

Links between HIV/Aids and mental illness compound treatment challenges

Monday, 24 July 2017: “Depression and anxiety are currently the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric conditions affecting HIV-infected patients. The complex links between HIV/Aids and mental illness compound the complexity of the healthcare sector’s response when diagnosing and treating these diseases,” said Dr Seithati Molefi, programme lead for adult antiretroviral care and treatment at Right to […]

Soapie celeb stars in new #Ziiing TV ad for circumcision

Monday, 26 June 2017: Following the success of his medical circumcision, popular Scandal soapie star, Kagiso Modupe is now the face of a new Brothers for Life circumcision campaign that launched this week.   Earlier this year, Modupe (33) was medically circumcised and more than 5 000 men followed in a nationwide campaign. “I want […]

Pharmacy of the Future

SA’s medicine dispensing ATM wins prestigious German Global Health Award   Berlin/Johannesburg – Thursday, 18 May 2017: Last night, a German / South African healthcare innovation won the German Global Health Award by the German Healthcare Partnership (GHP), the BDI (Federation of German Industry) and BIO Germany (the association of the biotechnology industry) held at […]