Getting to the Last Mile – diagonal approach and pathways for improving maternal and child health outcomes in South Africa

South Africa is committed to reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for maternal and child health. Over the last few years, the country has made tremendous progress in improving the health outcomes for women and children across the country. However, the country still faces various challenges in reaching the targets as outlined in the Government plans as well as the MDGs. Using a diagonal approach, a strategy in which we use explicit intervention priorities to drive the required improvements into the health system, dealing with such generic issues as human resource development, financing, facility planning, drug supply, rational prescription, and quality assurance, will be important to reach the goals set.

World Conference on Social Determinants of Health & Consultation

The World Conference will take place in Rio de Janeiro from 19 to 21 October 2011. Comments on the Technical Paper for the Conference are welcome by Friday 3 June 2011.

New book: Social determinants approaches to public health: from concept to practice

The WHO released a publication containing 13 case studies focussing on the implementation of public health programmes that are addressing social determinants.

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