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.
The National Health Laboratory Service has been nominated for the European Quality awards in
the health care category, in recognition of its high standards and leading position in pathology
and diagnostic services. The winner will be announced in Switzerland this week.
A call was made for a renewed commitment to fighting HIV – and particularly for behaviour
change among men for the empowerment of women – at the seventh SA Aids Conference. While
South Africa had come a long way, there were still challenges, such as high new infection rates.
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