Special Publications are to help the public understand important information about communicable diseases. The NICD produces a number of topically themed publications on communicable diseases that are of public health importance.  These special publications can be freely downloaded below.

Guidelines for the Prevention of Transmission of Communicable infections from mother to child (HIV, Hepatitis, Listeriosis, Malaria, Syphilis and TB).

While the WHO calls for dual elimination of HIV and syphilis, South Africa aspires to eliminate all infections that are transmittable from mother to child by promoting the prevention of such infections, early diagnosis and proper management in order to reduce maternal, neonatal and child morbidity and mortality.


South Africa is committed to attaining the UNAIDS 909090 targets to control the HIV epidemic through quality comprehensive health services and use of highly effective antiretroviral treatment (ART). The principal goal of ART is to attain and maintain viral suppression, which will decrease morbidity and mortality from HIV as well as improve the quality of life for clients living with HIV.

The 2019 HIV clinical guidelines have been revised to include a new formulation of the fixed dose combination (FDC) of Tenofovir (TDF) 300 mg + Lamivudine (3TC) 300 mg + Dolutegravir (DTG) 50 mg (TLD) for all eligible adults, adolescents and children over the age of 10 years and weighing 35 kg or more.

ART Clinical guidelines for the management of HIV  (2019)

Candida auris is an invasive healthcare-associated fungal pathogen. Cases of candidemia, defined as illness in patients with Candida cultured from blood, were detected through national laboratory-based surveillance in South Africa during 2016–2017.

Epidemiologic Shift in Candidemia Driven by Candida auris, South Africa, 2016–2017 (2019)

South Africa has been implementing the national antenatal sentinel HIV prevalence survey since 1990. The 2017 antenatal sentinel survey was the 27th such survey conducted in South Africa. Between 1990 and 2015, the survey primarily focused on estimating HIV prevalence trend over time, using anonymous unlinked testing of blood samples collected from pregnant women attending routine antenatal care (ANC).

 National Antenatal Sentinel HIV Survey Key Findings, South Africa 2017 (2019)

This survey aimed to assess the utility of routine prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) program data for HIV sentinel surveillance amongst pregnant women.


This booklet has information regarding the vaccines your child/children will get at each stage of their development. We have also included workpages so that you can remind yourself when they will be due for their next vaccination. It includes answers to some frequently asked questions and misconceptions about vaccines as well as links to where you can find further reliable information.

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