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Public-Private Partnerships to build people-centred health systems and improve access to essential services

_DSC8478.jpgHST recognises the importance of collaborative relationships with government, communities and other stakeholders to build people-centred health systems and improve access to essential health services.

Our efforts to innovate and improve health service delivery can only be realised when all levels of the health system are empowered and capacitated to become active participants and decision-makers in the process. Being accredited by the Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA), HST offers officially recognised skills training in HIV/AIDS management to primary health care workers.

The Research Training Manual Project entailed the development of a training resource on research methodology aimed at provincial and district managers and staff members. So far, the two- or three-day workshops have been conducted in the Northern Cape and Gauteng Provinces, with notable growth in demand for such capacity-building.

The Resource Manual for the Capacity Strengthening of Health Governance Structures, as a response to the requirements of the National Health Act, brings accountability to structures such as hospital boards, clinic committees, community health centre committees and district health councils. The Manual supports the induction of new members into governance structures and is a valuable resource for strengthening community capacity to engage in leadership of health service delivery.

The innumerable changes taking place in the South African health system have profoundly affected the people on whom we rely to execute new programmes and services. Frontline managers who participate in the Wellness for Effective Leadership (WEL) programme report the immense value derived from learning new methods of coping with day-to-day challenges in an ever-changing work environment.