Many South African men joined the international campaign Movember to become walking and
talking billboards for men's health issues. The annual campaign encourages men to ditch the
razor and grow their facial hair as a fundraising initiative and to promote public conversation.
Global malaria control is one of the great public health success stories of this century, but while
it has been tamed, it has not been defeated, according to the WHO director-general. A joint
report by Unicef and WHO found malaria deaths had decreased globally by 60% since 2000.
HIV infections are down, life expectancy is up; more people are living longer and infant mortality
is declining. Statistics South Africa released its mid-year population estimates report, adding its
weight to figures from UNAids that the country is making strides against HIV and Aids.
The Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital will be completed in February 2016, when it will be
handed over for fittings and finishings. It is expected to open its doors for patients towards the
end of next year. Recruitment is also under way to staff the institute.
Lessons learned from the Ebola outbreak need to be applied in setting up regional, national and
continental facilities to deal with emergencies quickly and efficiently. At the same time, research
and development is needed into combating diseases that affect developing countries.
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