Africa is making strides in the fight against malaria. While there is still work to be done, and the battle continues, countries were honoured for what they have done so far. And South Africa was one of the 14 to have been awarded for its work to eradicate the deadly disease.
Today is World Aids Day, the day on which the world commemorates the global effects of the
HIV/Aids pandemic. It is also a day to mark the continuation of the fight against the stigma that
surrounds the disease, as well as to educate people about prevention and treatment
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.
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