Mar 2024 Special edition

Quality health care for all

Introduced in 2019, the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill was passed by Parliament last year. It will provide free

health care at the point of care for all South Africans.
In preparation for the NHI, Health Patient Registration Systems have been installed in over 3 200 facilities.

Scaled up treatment for HIV and AIDS
As of November 2023, 95% of persons diagnosed with HIV know their status, 79% of these receive antiretroviral treatment, and 93% of these are virally suppressed.
New HIV infections have declined among young people. In 2022, there were 73% fewer infections among adolescent males and 61% among adolescent females than in 2010.

Improved maternal and child health
The number of maternal and infant deaths has dropped dramatically. The ratio of maternal deaths per 100 000 live births decreased from 106 in 2019 to 88 in 2020.
Infant mortality declined from 46 per 1 000 live births in 1994 to 24 in 2022.

Public health system recruitment
More than 56 000 additional health workers have been recruited and more than 46 000 community health workers integrated into the public health system

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