About RITSHIDZE

“Ritshidze” — meaning “Saving Our Lives” in TshiVenda — has been developed by people living with HIV and activists to hold the South African government and aid agencies accountable to improve overall HIV and TB service delivery.

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Second edition Ritshidze report pinpoints reasons people with HIV stop treatment in Free State clinics

Long waiting times are among eleven key issues outlined in the second edition of a new Ritshidze State of Health report. The report will be launched at a community meeting in Bloemfontein today. The report finds that while the province has marginally improved in certain indicators, it has worsened in many and too often Free State facilities are among the worst performing sites across all provinces monitored.

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Job advert: Key Populations Monitor

Are you interested in joining our team as a Key Populations Monitor? We are looking for dedicated and enthusiastic people to join our team to help identify challenges LGBTQIA+ communities, sex workers, and people who use drugs experience at clinics, and help find solutions that can be put to duty bearers. The deadline for applications is Sunday 18 September.

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Urgent action and accountability needed by the North West Department of Health

The second Ritshidze North West State of Health Report shows that a provincial department — just emerging from being under administration since 2018 — remains a long way off from meeting public healthcare users’ needs adequately. This report has shown that massive failings in healthcare still abound that means the risk of wasting health budgets on settling court cases remain a constant drain and a continued deficiency in healthcare management in the province.

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[MULTI-MEDIA] Recap of our community accountability meeting on #NorthWestHealth

This week Ritshidze launched the 2nd edition of the North West State of Health report, that found clinics faced with persistent stockouts and long waiting times, among other challenges. The report was presented at a community meeting in Mahikeng. Scroll through our multi-media round up from the meeting and find links to the report, the summary presentation, and a full video of the entire meeting.

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Second edition Ritshidze report finds slow progress on extending ARV refill length and persistent stockouts in North West clinics

Stockouts, reported by 26% of people interviewed, are among ten key issues outlined in the second edition of a new Ritshidze State of Health report. The report finds improvement in certain indicators, and deterioration in others over the last year, impacting the overall quality of HIV, TB, and other health services. The report will be launched at a community meeting in Mafikeng today. 

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Denying the right to healthcare is violating our Constitutional rights

The second edition of the Ritshidze Mpumalanga “State of Health” report was released in Nelspruit on 23 June 2022 with some steps forward, but continued glaring failures in service delivery. It’s still staff attitudes and a culture of bullying from nurses that rank as a key problem in the province.

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[MULTI MEDIA] Recap of our community accountability meeting on #MpumalangaHealth

This week Ritshidze launched the 2nd edition of the Mpumalanga State of Health report, that found clinics faced with persistent long waiting times, among other challenges. The report was presented at a community meeting in Kabokweni. Scroll through our multi-media round up from the meeting and find links to the report, the summary presentation, and a full video of the entire meeting.

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Key populations face ill-treatment, compromised healthcare, and even outright abuse

Key populations aren’t asking for special treatment, just to be treated with dignity and basic professionalism by clinic nurses and staff. A Ritshidze report released at the end of January reveals that discrimination against KPs — including LGBTQIA+ community members, people who use drugs, and sex workers — is rampant, widespread and disgraceful.

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[MULTI MEDIA] Recap of our community accountability meeting on #KeyPopsHealth

Last week Ritshidze launched a report into the state of healthcare for key populations, that found clinic staff are unfriendly, openly hostile or even abusive to KPs. The report was presented at a community accountability meeting in Mamelodi. Scroll through our multi-media round up from the meeting and find links to the report, the summary presentation, and a full video of the entire meeting.

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About RITSHIDZE

“Ritshidze” — meaning “Saving Our Lives” in TshiVenda — has been developed by people living with HIV and activists to hold the South African government and aid agencies accountable to improve overall HIV and TB service delivery.

Partner organisations include the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), the National Association of People Living with HIV (NAPWA), Positive Action Campaign, Positive Women’s Network (PWN) and the South African Network of Religious Leaders Living with and affected by HIV/AIDS (SANERELA+)—in alliance with Health Global Access Project (Health GAP), the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), and Georgetown University’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.

CLICK HERE to read more and see where we work.