South Africa WHO Country Office


The mission of the WHO South Africa Country Office is to promote the attainment of the highest sustainable level of health by all people living in South Africa through collaboration with the government and other partners in health development and the provision of technical and logistic support to country programmes.

 Taking stock of immunization in South Africa

Taking stock of immunization in South Africa

30 June 2014 -- Immunization averts some 2.5 million premature deaths a year according to estimates and protects millions of children from illness and disability. Parents and children attending a South African clinic are among those today who will reap the benefits of routine immunization from the first days of life.

Read the feature on immunization in South Africa

Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health: 2014 Partners Forum

WHO Regional Director for Africa commends South Africa for its leadership in HIV, TB and PMTCT prevention and control

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa | 03 April 2014 - “Impressive strides have been made in the implementation of HIV, TB and PMTCT programme since the last reviews were conducted in 2009” is the highlight of the message delivered on behalf of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Luis Sambo by the Director of Disease Prevention and Control, WHO Regional Office for Africa, Dr Francis Kasolo. This statement was made at the handover ceremony of a report of the first ever Joint HIV, TB and PMTCT Review.

The report was received by the Minister of Health in South Africa, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi,, accompanied by the Director General of Health, Ms Malebona Matsoso, and Deputy Director General of HIV, TB and Women and Child Health Department, Dr Yogan Pillay.

Developing a Research Agenda Supporting Implementation of Strategic Plan for Preventing NCDs

Some of the participants attending WHO and University of Witwatersrand School of Public Health dialogue developing a research agenda that would support implementation of Strategic Plan for Preventing NCDs

Policy makers and key academics from multiple sectors including media, marketing and advertising, nongovernmental organizations and consumer organizations met at a two day dialogue to develop a research agenda that would support South Africa’s Strategic Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases 2013-2017.  The plan flows directly from targets set at the South African Summit on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable diseases and on the WHO global NCD monitoring framework. The plan also indicates that NCD policies need to be based on sound scientific evidence generated though research to support and evaluate implementation of population wide interventions. 

World Health Day 2014: small creatures, big threat

dengue mosquito31 October 2013 -- Vectors are small organisms such as mosquitoes, bugs, ticks and freshwater snails, that can carry disease from person to person and place to place. They can put our health at risk, at home and when we travel. The World Health Day 2014 campaign focuses on some of the main vectors and the diseases they cause and what we can all do to protect ourselves. Check the site regularly for tools and materials that will help you prepare for your World Health Day activities.

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110 Health Care Workers Complete Training on New IMCI Facilitation Methodologies

The World Health Organization, together with South Africa's National Department of Health have trained 110 Facilitators on the new WHO cost effective Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI) facilitation methodologies covering the IMCI computerized adaptation training tool (ICATT) and distance learning IMCI (dIMCI).

ICATT is an eLearning tool that provides the possibility of health care workers to be trained on IMCI on line. dIMCI provides for those without online access ensuring they can still be trained using the distance learning methodology.

Improvement of access to ANC services by pregnant women

WHO, at the request of South Africa's Department of Health, has been providing technical assistance with the development of the National Strategy on Community Mobilization for PMTCT to address late booking.

South Africa's 2010 data showed  major bottlenecks and gaps which included  (i) late booking for ANC, (ii) poor postnatal follow up and (iii) lack of community involvement in maternal and child health (MCH).

 WHO Supports National Events

The World Health Organisation is currently working with the National Department of Health and key stakeholders in planning the following:

  • HPV Campaign planned to be launched on 7 March. The introduction of HPV vaccine is a significant public health milestone for South Africa, and is expected to significantly contribute to the control of Cervical Cancer and reduce associated mortality within the next 2 to 3 decades. WHO support includes technical assistance in developing the HPV Vaccination Field Guide for South Africa: 2014, HPV Campaign Preparedness Training in nine provinces, development and implementation of HPV Vaccine Launch and Communication Strategy.

BRICS and global health: a call for papers

Pascal Zurn, Marie-Andrée Romisch-Diouf, Shambhu Acharya, Sarah Louise Barber, Natela Menabde, Luigi Migliorini, Joaquin Molina & Michael J O’Leary

In recent decades, the influence of Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) within the international arena has increased enormously.1 These countries represent around 25% of the world’s gross national income, more than 40% of the world’s population and about 30% of the world’s land area.2 Although much attention has been paid to their economic performance, less widely noted is the fact that these countries are uniquely positioned to exert a decisive influence on health at the global level.


Harmonization for Health in Africa (HHA) South Africa Progress Report
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Investing in Health for Africa [pdf: 1.65 MB]

Tunis Declaration on Value for Money, Sustainability and Accountability in the Health Sector [pdf: 289.08 kB]

Harmonization for Health in Africa  [pdf: 397.07 kB]