This week Health Ministers from across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region are attending an annual meeting to discuss key healthcare issues affecting SADC member states.

SADC was established in August 1992, following the adoption of the SADC Treaty, with the goal of achieving development, peace, security and economic growth to alleviate poverty, and to enhance the standard and quality of life of the peoples of Southern Africa. SADC aims to support the socially disadvantaged through regional integration, built on democratic principles and equitable and sustainable development.

This year the annual SADC Health Ministers meeting is taking place in Polokwane, Limpopo and is hosted by South African Health Minister and Chairperson of SADC Health Ministers, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.

On top of the SADC Health Ministers agenda include the effects of the recent malaria outbreak and the continuing challenge of HIV/AIDS and TB in the region.

The Health Ministers are expected to approve a number of regional strategies and guidelines, as they also monitor and provide a collective oversight of the implementation of the regional health agenda guided by the SADC Protocol on Health and the Regional Indicative Development Plan.

The Health Ministers will also engage in activities such as simulation exercise for health emergencies and the launch of Malaria Report.

The SADC Health Ministers meeting will conclude with the commemoration of SADC Malaria Day on Friday, 10th November at Thomo village in Giyani, where Minister Motsoaledi will raise awareness about malaria and conduct Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests at a local clinic.

SADC Malaria Day forms part of Malaria Week, which takes place from 6 to 10 November 2017. The week is dedicated to creating awareness and educating the public about malaria and other health related issues such as HIV/AIDS and TB in the region.

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