1st Arab World Public Health Conference

The conference will address the current status of public health services in the Arab world. It will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 4 to 6 April 2013.

Winter Courses in Epidemiology

Starting in January 2013, EpidM will organize international Winter Courses in advanced level epidemiology and applied biostatistics in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Epidemiology & Biostatistics: Lecturer / Senior Lecturer

Applications are invited for this post to contribute to teaching in the Master of Science (Epidemiology & Biostatistics) and other postgraduate programmes, development of biostatistical methods and statistical analysis of data arising from research within the School and its partners.

Occupational Health: Lecturer / Senior Lecturer

The candidate will be actively involved in the training of postgraduate students in occupational health; contribute to under-graduate medical training, and participate in research and occupational health service provision.

Workshops at the 2012 PHASA conference

The key messages of the workshops organised on the first day of the conferences are presented here.

Oral and poster presentation prize winners

The oral and poster presentations prize winners share their experiences of the PHASA conference.

No Health Without Oral Health

The Wits Community Dentistry Team Celebrated National Oral Health Day on 12 September 2012 at the Forest Town School.

PHASA Special Interest Group: Dental Public Health

On the 6 September 2012, the DPH-SIG had a meeting at the conference and here they present the outcomes.

New PHASA exec members

During the Annual General Meeting at the conference new members of the executive committee of PHASA were elected and here they present themselves.

How golden policies lead to mud delivery – and how silver should become the new gold.

Why does South Africa perform badly in health when compared to other African countries, despite good policies, adequate amounts of money and more skilled workers? One of the reasons is that there are many examples of policies and programmes that aim for an unrealistic gold standard (with its unnecessary and unhelpful complexity) and which, as a result, undermine the provision of good healthcare to as large a population as possible, e.g. the new Road to Health Booklet and the District Health Information System. Many people balk at the idea of not aiming for a “gold standard” at a policy level. In this article the author argues that it might be better to aim for a “silver standard”.

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