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.
The Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa has been awarded the USAid Science and Technology Pioneers Prize for its trial showing that an antiretroviral vaginal gel can help to protect women against HIV.
A R370-million partnership between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the
South African government and the University of Cape Town aims to develop
vaccines and other medical innovations to fight TB, HIV and malaria. Led by local
scientists, it will also help boost Africa's scientific research networks.
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