The South African National Travel Health Network

Providing relevant and accurate information on the health risks for travel in South Africa. With advice, information, travel advisories and news on disease outbreaks.

Rabies outbreak: West Rand, Gauteng

Please note there is a rabies outbreak in the West Rand. Will everyone in this area, which includes areas such as Cradle of Humankind, Muldersdrift, Honeydew and Magaliesberg, please be very vigilant and if anyone gets bitten by a domestic, farm or wild animal, they...

COVID-19 vaccines: What you should know 15 January 2021

COVID-19 vaccines: What you should know 15 January 2021 Communicated by: National Institute for Communicable Diseases COVID-19 VACCINES: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW 15 January 2021 COVID-19 vaccines have been topical and continue to raise several questions from the public,...

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Latest news and information 

Revised Yellow Fever Vaccination Requirements in South Africa

The South African Department of Health would like to inform you of the amendments to the yellow fever vaccination policy for travellers coming from yellow fever risk countries

Communicable diseases

For more information on communicable diseases, please go to our partner’s website, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases

Guidelines for the treatment of malaria in South Africa

2019 (Update April 2019)

About SaNTHNet

The South African National Travel Health Network (SaNTHNet) was formed by the Department of Health (DoH), the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and the South African Society of Travel Medicine (SASTM).

Vision: A long and healthy life for all South Africans

Mission: To improve health status through the prevention of illnesses and the promotion of healthy lifestyles and to consistently improve the healthcare delivery system by focusing on access, equity, efficiency, quality and sustainability.

The NICD is a major global player in infectious disease intelligence. The NICD is a resource of knowledge and expertise in regionally relevant communicable diseases to the South African Government, to SADC countries and the African continent. The NICD assists in the planning of policies and programmes and supports appropriate responses to communicable disease problems and issues.

The SASTM’s Mission is to guide the profession in all aspects relating to the practice of travel medicine, liaise with the travel industry, consult with relevant authorities, advise the public and collaborate nationally and internationally on all aspects relating to Travel Medicine.

The Network will focus primarily on communicable diseases in compliance with the International Health Regulations and will provide an authoritative platform for the following functions and activities:

  • The development of guidelines for the prevention and treatment of travel-related diseases
  • To develop consistent and authoritative national guidance on general health matters for health professionals advising the public travelling locally and abroad, and to disseminate this information widely.
  • The provision of relevant travel information for South African and international travellers with destinations in South Africa and abroad.
  • Act as a resource for travel-related health problems
  • Gather the necessary data as stipulated in the Yellow Fever regulations
  • Provide input and submit expert information to the Department of Health regarding the Yellow Fever regulations
  • Provide the necessary information to professionals dealing with travellers to ensure appropriate investigation and treatment when requested.
  • Provide surveillance for selected travel-related diseases and imported infections e.g. Dengue fever.
  • To define short-term and long-term research priorities in relation to the above
  • Act as a WHO collaborative centre for Mass Gatherings