Soul City is developing a communication intervention that will support the primary health care re-engineering process that is currently underway.
Health Systems Trust conducted a study to assess the general management and public health competencies of PHC facility and other sub-district level managers.
Health in All Policies (HiAP) is an approach to public policies across all sectors that systematically takes into account and steers clear of negative consequences for health and health systems. HiAP speaks to policies across all sectors and while the health sector has a substantial role in making HiAP a reality, an ever present HiAP approach should not be the exclusive role of the health sector. We do not limit ourselves to just HiAP but also implement Health in All Actions (HiAA). We need keen and relevant academic and research activity, active citizenry and vibrant and relevant civil society organizations to make HIAP and HiAA a reality for better health for all citizens.
Preventative/Community/Public Health Medicine (PHM) is recognized as a medical specialty that primarily strives to improve population health while also strengthening health system effectiveness and service delivery through its focus on Comprehensive Primary Health Care and Health Systems Management. Therefore the inclusion in the 2011 national Human Resources for Health Strategy of district and provincial Public Health Units (PHUs) headed by PHM specialists and with other cadres of public health professionals in the health services seems to neatly dovetail into this perspective. This brief narrative explores the experiences of both authors over the last five years culminating in the Ekurhuleni district PHU.
The aim of the Healthcare 2010 strategy in the Western Cape was to substantially improve the quality of the health service to impact on population health outcomes. It proposed the establishment of a Public Health Unit (PHU) within the Division: District Health Services (DHS) and Programmes. The aim of this unit was to plan, lead, organize and coordinate the provision of Public Health expertise to the entire department in line with key strategic objectives and priorities. This article discusses the engagement of the department with academic institutions leading to setting up the PHU as well as the successes and challenges of this project.
We would like to invite Doctors, Nursing Services Managers, Clinical directors to attend this conference taking place in Klerksdorp on the 26th – 28th of June 2013.
To achieve the goal of a long and healthy life for all South Africans the health system must be overhauled to produce better health outcomes. The National Health Council has given clear direction to the health system around primary health care (PHC) re-engineering, and the associated three streams. These three streams, which will be discussed in this article, are a ward based PHC outreach team for each electoral ward; strengthening school health services; and district based clinical specialist teams with an initial focus on improving maternal and child health. All stakeholders will have to work in partnership and unison to achieve these results.
RuDASA is hosting its 2011 conference titled ‘Making Primary Health Care Better’, from 8-10 September 2011 in the village of Rhodes, Eastern Cape.
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