Health care

South African men show their support for Movember

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.

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Global malaria deaths drop 60% over the last 15 years

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.

South Africa tots up population wins

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.

Work goes ahead on Mandela children's hospital

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.

WHO calls for African emergency centre

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.

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