Soul City is developing a communication intervention that will support the primary health care re-engineering process that is currently underway.
From recent pronouncements made by the Department of Health (DOH) it would appear that the DOH has recently discovered primary health care (PHC), or at worst recently re-discovered PHC. The work to strengthen PHC builds on the good practices that existed in the past but also provides greater focus as well as greater political support for PHC.A three stream priority approach to re-engineering of PHC was adapted. These three streams are: Deployment of ward based PHC outreach teams; Strengthening school health services; and Deployment of district based clinical specialist teams. The latest development on the PHC re-engineering projects are presented here.
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.
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