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South Africa's minister of health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has received the USAid-TB International Award for his contribution to the fight to eradicate the diseases. He said the cause should receive the same attention as other global health issues.
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.
South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has established an advisory committee to help prevent and control cancer and improve the quality of care in the country by engaging with medical specialists, civil society representatives and cancer survivors.
Describing South Africa's mental health services as fragmented, unfairly distributed and inadequately resourced, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has called for greater awareness, better planning - and a move away from a "hospi-centric" approach to the treatment of mental illnesses.