Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Health |

South Africa Decreases the Price of antiretrovirals to Save R11 Billion in Six Years

The new fixed dose combination will be available to low and middle-income countries (LMICs) at a reduced price of US$75 per person, per year

The Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi in collaboration with a number of international organisations and agencies reached a breakthrough pricing agreement which will accelerate the availability of the first affordable, generic, single-pill HIV treatment regimen containing Dolutegravir (DTG). The new fixed dose combination will be available to low and…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Health |

Department of Health puts Forensic Analyst on Suspension

The matter is handed over to the HAWKS as the Department believes that the allegations levelled against the official are criminal and fraudulent

The Department of Health has put one of its Forensic analysts, based in Pretoria Forensic Laboratory Services on precautionary suspension from employment in terms of clause 7.2 of the PSCBC resolution 1 of 2003 with full pay. However, the matter is handed over to the HAWKS as the Department believes…

Source: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) |

PMI Launches and Expands in West and Central Africa

With the addition of five new focus countries in West and Central Africa, PMI will have programs in 24 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, where malaria remains a significant public health problem

The U.S. President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will launch new country programs in Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Niger, and Sierra Leone, and expand its existing program in Burkina Faso. With…

Source: United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) |

UNAIDS calls to quicken the pace of action to end AIDS

World leaders come together to renew the urgency around ending AIDS as part of the Sustainable Development Goals

The President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, in collaboration with UNAIDS, brought together six heads of state or government to accelerate action and get countries on the Fast-Track to end AIDS. World leaders joined around 500 partners from government, the private sector and civil society on the sidelines of the United…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Health |

Media Advisory: World Environmental Health Day 2017

The theme for World Environmental Health Day is Indoor & Outdoor Air Quality

The Department of Health joins the World to commemorate the World Environmental Health Day on the 26-27 September 2017. The theme for World Environmental Health Day is “Indoor & Outdoor Air Quality”. The theme is focused on the effects of poor air quality, including both indoor and outdoor air pollution…

Source: United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) |

UNAIDS congratulates Lesotho and Uganda for progress towards achieving their Fast-Track Targets

The Uganda PHIA results indicate that 60% of adults living with HIV between the ages of 15 and 64 years are virally suppressed

UNAIDS congratulates Lesotho and Uganda on the progress made towards ending AIDS shown in their respective Population-Based HIV Impact Assessments (PHIAs). According to the new Lesotho PHIA results, HIV viral load suppression—a key marker indicating that the body is successfully suppressing the virus—has reached 68% among all adults living with…

Source: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) |

The U.S. President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) Launches and Expands in West and Central Africa

With the addition of five new focus countries in West and Central Africa, PMI will have programs in 24 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, where malaria remains a significant public health problem

The U.S. President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will launch new country programs in Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Niger, and Sierra Leone, and expand its existing program in Burkina Faso. With…

Source: United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) |

New high-quality antiretroviral therapy to be launched in South Africa, Kenya and over 90 low- and middle-income countries at reduced price

Negotiated pricing agreements have lowered costs and will improve access to quality treatment for people living with HIV

A breakthrough pricing agreement has been announced which will accelerate the availability of the first affordable, generic, single-pill HIV treatment regimen containing dolutegravir (DTG) to public sector purchasers in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) at around US$75 per person, per year. The agreement is expected to accelerate treatment rollout as…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Health |

Minister Motsoaledi warns anti-measles vaccine lobby groups

As of 19 September 2017, there were 29 confirmed measles cases and 90 suspected measles cases in KwaZulu Natal

Government is making efforts to reach all children between the age of 6 to 59 months through an integrated immunisation against preventable diseases such as measles and polio. The Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has warned that the department may not achieve the set targets if the anti-vaccine lobby groups…

Source: WHO Regional Office for Africa |

WHO and partners respond to flood crises in the former Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Upper Nile States of South Sudan

As part of the health cluster response, WHO delivered lifesaving medical supplies to the communities affected by the heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding

The World Health Organization (WHO) in partnership with the Ministry of Health and partners are scaling up the emergency response in the flood affected areas of Aweil West and Aweil North Counties of former Norther Bahr el Ghazal State, and Maban County of former Upper Nile State. As part of…