Amy Green is a health reporter at the M&G's health journalism centre, Bhekisisa. After graduating from Rhodes with an honours degree in health journalism, she investigated the abuse of the attention deficit disorder drug, Ritalin. The exposé was published on the e-book website Mampoer Shorts. In 2013, she was one of 10 journalists selected for a year-long investigative HIV reporting fellowship with the International Women's Media Foundation. She has an obsession with all things hip-hop and keeps fit with a daily Ashtanga yoga routine.
Experts say more focus on early treatment rather than waiting for CD4 counts will dramatically reduce viral replication and new infections.
New treatment schedules for pregnant women and other patients are set to bring South Africa in line with the World Health Organisation’s guidelines.
Several initiatives are under way to stop the abuse of antibiotics.
Research suggests that taking HIV medication while CD4 counts are higher than 350 does not reduce mortality in those who are co-infected.
A budget spending monitoring forum says the department is on the verge of collapse and is R700-million in debt.
In the Free State, access to health services can depend on who you know, as the tragic case of one woman illustrates.
While many say the Free State health department's financial situation is dire, officials say "there's no problem at all".
The Free State health department has come under fire for a number of reasons. Bhekisisa visited the province ahead of elections to find out more.
Rent arrears have shut a clinic's doors – just 500m from the Free State health MEC's office.
Patients with drug resistant TB could benefit from a new drug regimen, which will be tested in clinical trials this year.