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.
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 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.
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 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.
Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, South Africa's biggest hospital and one of the biggest in the world, has opened a revamped medical admissions ward that will help the Soweto, Johannesburg facility cope better with its heavy patient load.
There were tears of joy from mothers at the Far East Rand Hospital east of Johannesburg on Tuesday as the Gauteng provincial government and mining company Lonmin opened the new Mother's Lodge and Paediatric Step-down Facility at the hospital.
Young people in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria learned about the effects of alcohol and drug abuse as South Africa's National Liquor Authority kicked off its Youth Month campaign on Wednesday.
Petroleum company Engen has teamed up with multi-partner organisation Trucking Wellness to launch its latest annual campaign to help South Africa's long-distance truck drivers maintain healthy lifestyles while on the country's roads.
About 180 000 HIV-positive South Africans will soon start taking fixed-dose combination antiretroviral (ARV) medication, which involves one tablet instead of three to five pills a day, reducing the risk of patients defaulting from treatment.