Health care

SA doctors develop affordable heart valves

A simple plastic heart valve designed to treat rheumatic heart disease in a cost-effective and accessible way has been developed by a South African company, helping the 1.4-million sufferers of the disease the vast majority of whom live in the developing world.


New vaccines are saving South Africa's children's lives

The recent introduction of new childhood vaccines in South Africa has cut the number of children under five suffering from life-threatening pneumonia by 70%, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi told Parliament on Tuesday.


South Africa and US collaborate on medical research

Medical research grants worth $8-million in first-year funding have been awarded by the National Institutes of Health and the South African Medical Research Council. They will target research into HIV and Aids, TB and cancers at eight South African institutions.


SA doctors perform world's first successful penis transplant

Doctors at Stellenbosch University have described the operation as a massive breakthrough - especially in a country where many young men lose their penises due to complications after traditional circumcision.


Second group of South Africans sent to West Africa

Another group of South African health workers, comprising nurses and paramedics, are flying to Sierra Leone, where they will join other agencies in combating the Ebola outbreak and treating people infected with the virus.

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