State of the Nation’s healthcare
In his State of the Nation Address on 13 February 2014, President Jacob Zuma highlighted the following achievements in healthcare: • 300 new health facilities were built over the past five years, including 160 new clinics. • 10 new hospitals were refurbished or built. These are located in Ladybrand, Germiston, Mamelodi, Natalspruit, eThekwini, Zola, Bojanala, Vryburg District, Swartruggens, Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain. • 2.4 million people were initiated on antiretrovirals ( ARV) by 2013. The target is to increase this number to 4.6 million people in the next term. • Life expectancy has increased from a low of 54 in 2005 to about 60 in 2011. • Mother- to- child transmission ( MTCT) of HIV is declining. • National Health Insurance will extend healthcare to the poor.