Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Health |

South Africa secures R500 Million saving in Mdr-Tb Drug Price, says Minister Motsoaledi at International Conference in Amsterdam

The price reduction would translate into a saving of close to R500 million for South Africa in just eight months

Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi announced that the price for Bedaquiline, a drug used in South Africa for the treatment of Multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB), would be reduced from R10, 000 to about R5,400 a patient effective immediately. According to Minister Motsoaledi who made this announcement during his opening address at…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Health |

South Africa: Department calls for tighter Smoking Regulations: World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2018

Tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, killing more than 7 million people each year, and more than 6 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use

South Africa joins the global community to mark "World No Tobacco Day" which aims to create awareness about the dangers of tobacco and emphasise the link between tobacco; lung disease include TB, heart and other cardiovascular diseases (CVD), including stroke which combined are the world's leading causes of death. The World…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Health |

South Africa: Minister Motsoaledi calls for parents to take children for vaccinations

This year`s African Vaccination Week is celebrated under the slogan “Vaccinated communities, Healthy communities” which is supported by the theme “Vaccines work, Do your part!”

As South Africa celebrates the 8th African Vaccination Week (23-29 April 2018) which is aimed at raising awareness about the importance and effectiveness of vaccines, the Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi urges all parents and caregivers to take children to their nearest clinic for free vaccination to immunize children…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Health |

World Health Organisation increases its technical support to Republic of South Africa in compliance with International Health Regulations

The WHO has enlisted a 7-member technical team comprising of epidemiologists, food safety experts, and risk communication specialists to support the response

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has increased its technical support to South Africa to enable the country to contain the current outbreak of listeriosis and to strengthen health systems to prevent future outbreaks. This increased technical support provided by WHO is in line with International Health Regulations (IHR2005) and the…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Health |

South Africa: Statement Regarding the Source of the Listeriosis Outbreak

Statement Regarding the Source of the Listeriosis Outbreak: The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) is concerned about recent developments and statements supposedly released as facts into the public domain about the listeriosis outbreak.  We are particularly worried about the confusion that emanated from statements made at the meeting called…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Health |

The Ministry of Health is saddened by the death of two Cuba based medical students

The Department of Health in Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) is arranging trauma counseling for members of the family

The Ministry of Health has learned with shock and sadness about the passing on of two of the final year Cuba based South African medical students. We are informed that students had hired a house for a birthday party. Two of the students drowned and died in the swimming pool.…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Health |

SADC Health Ministers commemorate Malaria Day 2017, 10 November 2017

This year’s theme for SADC Malaria Day is “Strong Cross border collaboration is key to Malaria Elimination” and the slogan is “SADC Unite to End Malaria”

South Africa joins Southern African Development Community (SADC) region to commemorate SADC Malaria Day, which is observed on the 10th November 2017 in Giyani, Limpopo. The key objectives of SADC malaria day commemoration is to highlight the plight of malaria among communities at risk and to advocate for support from…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Health |

Southern African Development Community (SADC) Health Ministers Meet in Limpopo, South Africa

The SADC Health Ministers' meeting will culminate with the commemoration of SADC Malaria Day, 10 November, at Thomo village in Giyani

The Minister of Health Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, Chairperson of SADC Health Ministers, will this week host the SADC Health Ministers in Polokwane, Limpopo as part of annual meetings between the regional health leaders to discuss a range of health issues affecting the SADC Members States including the effects of recent…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Health |

World Conference on Lung Health: SA to share TB Control practices at the Global Arena

The 2017 conference will mainly focus on how to accelerate toward elimination on multiple fronts, including tuberculosis (TB) and co-infections, improving tobacco control and reducing air pollution

The South African government through the delegation from the Department of Health will this week share the country`s best practices and strategies in the fight against Tuberculosis (TB), during the 48th Union World Conference on Lung Health held in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Conference which kick-starts on Wednesday, 11 October 2017…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Health |

World sight day event - "Make vision count"

This year’s focus is on primary school learners whose uncorrected vision problems could impair child development and interfere with learning

The Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Joe Phaahla will on Thursday lead the World Sight Day Commemoration activities in Brakpan, Ekurhuleni to raise awareness about the prevention of blindness and vision impairment through regular eye health screening or eye examination to ensure early detection and treatment of vision disorders which…