Daily Archives: April 1, 2011

A great crisis and greater measures: Transforming the South African health system

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In front of a packed audience at the Kaiser Family Foundation, South African Minister of Health Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi painted a picture of South Africa showing that while significant progress is being made, the war against AIDS is far from over.

In some districts of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province, HIV prevalence is as high as 46 percent. The death rate in the country doubled from 1997 to 2006 – six out of 10 deaths in 2006 were AIDS-related. And maternal mortality is getting worse – 59 percent of women who died during childbirth were posthumously tested for HIV from 2005-2007, 79 percent of those tested were HIV infected. Among HIV-negative women in South Africa, 34 out of every 100,000 live births result in the mother dying. Among HIV-positive women, that number jumps nearly 10 times… (Read More)