Health care

South Africa must step up HIV prevention: report

While South Africa is doing well on HIV treatment, testing and prevention of mother-to-child transmission, the country needs to step up its prevention efforts to curb the high rate of new HIV infections, according to the latest report on national HIV prevalence, incidence and behaviour.

South Africa's HIV/Aids response

Decline in South Africa's mortality rate continues

The number of deaths in South Africa decreased by 7.7% between 2010 and 2011 as a downward trend that started in 2007 gained further momentum, thanks in large part to a massive treatment drive for people with TB and HIV, Statistics SA reported on Tuesday.


Health spending increases as SA gears for NHI

Government spending on health care is expected to exceed R492-billion over the next three years as South Africa strengthens its system in preparation for the implementation of a National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, Budget documents released on Wednesday reveal.


South Africa to build 43 hospitals

The South African government plans to build 43 hospitals over the next five years and at least 213 clinics in the 11 pilot districts for the country's proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced on Tuesday.


Gauteng improves maternal health

Simple interventions such as the introduction of Kangaroo mother care, the promotion of immunisation programmes and school health services have helped improve child mortality rates in South Africa's Gauteng province, the Health MEC Hope Papo said at the start of Reproductive Health Month.

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