In December the US global Aids co-ordinator, Deborah Birx, announced that the US government will provide an additional $1.2-bn to SA’s HIV/AIDS programmes over the next two years in a bid to help the country bring its epidemic under control.
On 9 December Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced that government confirmed plans to fill 5 300 posts that will breathe new life into the burdened sector. This forms part of Pres Cyril Ramaphosa’s stimulus package.
In contrast to the last-minute scramble to find positions for new nurses in previous years, the process of placing nurses who qualified in 2018 has gone smoothly.
More than 4 000 university students were referred to hospitals in 2017 after contracting sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis.