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.
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.
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.
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
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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