The government has set aside over R8-billion from the Health Department's budget of R113-billion towards boosting hospital facilities for the phasing in of South Africa's National Health Insurance Scheme, which is expected to revolutionalise the country's health sector.
South Africa's health care system will receive a much-needed boost in 2011, with the government planning to train more doctors and nurses, revitalise the country's nursing colleges, step up HIV/Aids prevention, and push towards finalising the new National Health Insurance scheme.
South Africa has launched "First Things First", an HIV counselling, testing and education campaign targeting more than 30 000 first-year students at 18 universities countrywide.
While South Africa's latest antenatal prevalence survey shows a stabilisation in the country's HIV prevalence rate since 2006, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi wants more to be done to implement the government's plans to combat the epidemic.
A spectacular hand-beaded chair is getting South Africans talking about their dreams and expectations for their country, their communities and themselves.
The Department of Health will be partnering with Business Unity South Africa to help strengthen the government's HIV Counselling and Testing campaign, says Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.
In rural Vulindlela, a town 90 kilometres outside Durban, one in 10 girls is HIV positive by the age of 16; by 24, more than half are infected. For two local scientists, finding effective treatment for a disease that affects mostly women was an urgent priority.
The HIV/Aids prevention community is abuzz with excitement over news that South African research has developed a vaginal gel - known as a microbicide - that can reduce sexually transmitted HIV infection by as much as 54%.