The Kite Patch: fighting malaria

A mosquito repellent patch, made using non-toxic substances, is being developed to curb diseases such as malaria. Developed by Olfactor Laboratories in the US,...

Drug ATM for South Africans

In the same fashion people draw money from ATMs, South Africans will soon be able to get medicine from dispensing machines.The Department of Health...
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HIV and Aids: How to get treatment and support in South Africa

South Africa has the largest antiretroviral (ARV) treatment programme in the world, which gives people living with the virus the chance to live full and...
More breast milk banks to open in South Africa

More breast milk banks to open in South Africa

The number of breast milk banks in South Africa is increasing, following a decision four years ago by national Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi to stop providing free formula milk. Instead, he is encouraging women to breastfeed their babies. Breast milk is also the optimal food for premature babies.
North West gets a solar-powered health centre

North West gets a solar-powered health centre

A rural community in South Africa's North West province has received a solar-powered health centre, an initiative set up through a partnership between local government and Samsung Electronics. The aim is to improve the overall health of the community.
South Africa to build 43 hospitals

No shortage of antiretrovirals in South Africa

The pharmaceutical industry and national Health Department are working to deal with shortages of certain medications, caused by global shortages of the pharmaceutical ingredients. Minister Motsoaledi has also put to rest concerns about supplies of antiretrovirals.
HIV/Aids cases stabilising: survey

Connecting pregnant women to vital information

The Department of Health has launched a new mobile phone-based messaging service to provide South Africa's estimated 1.2-million pregnant women with free antenatal health care information.
Free breast cancer screening at Hello Clinic

Free breast cancer screening at Hello Clinic

City residents and commuters boarding trains and taxis at Pretoria Station will now have access to free breast cancer screening at the newly opened Hello Clinic, a joint initiative of the government, Metropolitan Health, Pink Drive, Bidvest and Motion Pathology.
Ensuring boys' safety during traditional initiations

Ensuring boys’ safety during traditional initiations

The government will be paying for doctors chosen by traditional leaders to ensure the safety of boys and young men who undergo circumcisions during traditional initiations in the country, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced earlier this month.
New-age X-ray scanners for South Africa's hospitals

New-age X-ray scanners for South Africa’s hospitals

Nine hospitals in Gauteng province will soon be armed with the Xmplar-dr full body X-ray scanner, a unique South African low-radiation X-ray machine capable of taking a full-body scan in just 13 seconds, as the government begins rolling the device out in hospitals nationally.


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