Fatima Hassan

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Finding an HIV vaccine: Five lessons from the search for a Covid-19 jab

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown that vaccine development and testing timelines can be shrunk from decades to months, but not without shortcomings

Why medical aids are putting the price of a safe delivery on some women’s pockets

When medical schemes and the law count conceiving as a pre-existing condition, pregnant women lose.

Agent Provocateur: Hands off our parastatals

The investment world would have been up in arms by now if South African Airways were a private company, writes Fatima Hassan.

State Secrecy

<b>Fatima Hassan</b> writes about her disappointment in the head of the ad hoc committee for the Protection of State Information Bill.

Kidneygate: What the Netcare bosses really knew

Netcare was warned by a top specialist to stop Israeli "tourist transplants" but the company dismissed his advice and hid behind a legal façade.

Alarm over baby deaths in Khayelitsha

Cape Town officials accused of downplaying a 'growing' crisis in poor areas.

Manyi’s clash of interests sidestepped

Public services minister brushes off Manyi's 'dismissal' and knows nothing about his business roles

Comrade Barbara, we salute you!

<b>Zackie Achmat</b> and <b>Fatima Hassan</b> pays tribute to Barbara Hogan, as she retires from government.

The hungry stats hole

In 2003 the South African Cabinet approved the use of antiretrovirals (ARVs) in the public sector and in early 2004 the programme started. Now in its fifth year, government often claims that it is the "largest treatment programme in the world".

Rainbow nation, red tape

I have spent most of my life trying to fight injustice -- and thankfully there is still the space to do so in South Africa. But not once did I consider the impact of South Africa's archaic public- and private-sector rules on people who were born elsewhere. Of course, for many if not most political and economic refugees, coming to South Africa is a harrowing experience.

Roll-out, what roll-out?

Recently, the minister of health, officials in the department of health and in the Government Communication and Information System, President Thabo Mbeki and Medical Research Council head Anthony Mbewu stated that South Africa has the "largest treatment programme in the world" and the "fastest roll-out on the planet". This is simply not the case.

Slow road to drugs roll-out

In November 2003 the Cabinet approved a national plan for HIV/ Aids prevention, care and treatment. The plan estimated that 53 000 people would be placed on anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment by the end of March this year. Eight months on, fewer than 10 000 people with HIV/Aids are receiving anti-retrovirals through the public health system.

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