Legal battle for the right to access apartheid-era records continues | The Citizen

Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) are fighting on behalf of a non-profit organisation, Open Secrets, for the right to access apartheid-era records held by the Department of Defence and Military Veterans. The case is currently being heard at the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg. 10-Year-long battle “This is an almost 10-year-long fight, which relates … Read more

Breast cancer survivor calls for access to routine mammograms for all Canadian women in their 40s |

When Shira Farber turned 40 she asked her family physician about starting routine mammograms. With no family history of breast cancer, and given her age, she said her doctor advised her that there was no rush. “I was really sort of discouraged from starting mammograms. The doctor leaned on the guidelines that were established … … Read more

John is disabled, but he can’t access his pension. Why? Long Covid isn’t on the list | Lydia Richards

One of our members at the University and College Union (UCU), John*, used to enjoy Ironman contests, but now walking to his own bathroom is a feat of will. His resting heart rate was a remarkable 40 beats per minute (bpm), but now sitting up sees it hit 220bpm. He suffers from long Covid and … Read more

Brain cancer widow calls for equitable access to chemotherapy treatment in Canada |

When Jessica Soares of Beeton, Ont., lost her beloved husband Paulo, affectionately known as ‘Paul,’ he was only 39 years old. “His battle was 31 months, and that was with two craniotomies, 53 rounds of radiation and 18 months worth of chemotherapy,” she said. The long and difficult journey started on a typical Sunday afternoon. “It … Read more

World Diabetes Day 2022: Access to diabetes care

World Diabetes Day (14 November) 2022 continues the ‘access to diabetes care’ campaign, stretching 2021-2023. However this year specifically focuses on, the need for better access to quality diabetes education for the healthcare workforce and people living with diabetes.   The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) reports that more than 90% of diabetes care is self-care … Read more

Commercialization of COVID-19 Vaccines, Treatments, and Tests: Implications for Access and Coverage

In response to the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government spent billions of dollars in emergency funds to purchase medical countermeasures – vaccines, including boosters, treatments, and tests – to provide them free of charge to the public. In addition, Congress enacted several bills that included special requirements for their coverage by … Read more

Renewed calls for equal access to fertility care, improved benefits for all Canadians |

After losing her second child in October 2019 while she was six months pregnant, Toronto mother Emily Getz set out to reframe her own mindset and that of others when it comes to the world of infertility. “I was completely blindsided. I was really fortunate to conceive Ryder naturally and easily and quickly,” said Getz … Read more

Trying to survive: To access lifesaving drugs, young cancer patients face huge hurdles – National |

Four years ago, Ontarian Rebecca Grundy got a nightmare diagnosis that sent her into a blind panic. She was only 28 years old and had no reason to believe she was anything other than perfectly healthy, except for a few headaches. But after waking up on a stretcher in the hallway of a Toronto hospital … Read more

Energy gap: One billion Africans lack access to clean energy | The Citizen

Despite energy being integral to the growth and prosperity of any modern economy, it is estimated that nearly one billion Africans lack access to clean, sustainable energy. This according to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)’s Africa Energy Review, which found the shortage of electricity in many African countries is approximately equivalent to 1% of the global average. If … Read more

Federal plan to improve access to diabetes care introduced in House of Commons – National |

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos and the federal government have tabled a new and long-awaited plan in the House of Commons to improve access to diabetes treatment and prevention in Canada. Liberal MP Sonia Sidhu called for the framework as part of a private member’s bill that became law in 2021. At the time, Diabetes Canada was clamouring for some … Read more