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.
SA targets cervical cancer with HPV vaccine campaign

SA targets cervical cancer with HPV vaccine campaign

South Africa took a major step towards protecting women against cervical cancer on Wednesday when Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi launched a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine campaign, targeting girls aged between nine and 12 years old, at Gonyane Primary School in Bloemfontein.
Youth Day: lessons from 1976

Implant contraceptive ‘to curb teen pregnancies’

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Thursday unveiled a new sub-dermal implant contraceptive, soon to be freely available at state clinics countrywide, that is expected to help reduce the number of teenage pregnancies and maternal deaths in the country.

South Africa to offer women free implant contraceptives

South Africa will make transdermal implant contraceptives freely available in the country's public clinics from next week, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced on Tuesday, saying the new contraceptive offered women greater control over their reproductive lives.
More money for health care

Circumcision campaign to boost HIV prevention

South Africa aims to medically circumcise one-million men over the next 12 months, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said at the launch of the government's medical male circumcision campaign on World Aids Day in Mpumalanga province on Sunday.
South Africa steps up HIV testing drive

South Africa steps up HIV testing drive

South Africa has bolstered its massive HIV testing programme by including eye, blood pressure and TB tests in the campaign, but more still needs to be done to ensure full coverage of testing, says Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

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