district health systems
The School of Public Health at the University of the Western Cape is a WHO Collaborating Centre, and has an international reputation as a leading research and teaching institution in Public Health. Its educational and research activities are wide-ranging, with a special focus on health systems research, primary health care, social determinants of health, priority conditions (including TB/HIV and chronic disease) and the implementation of district health systems. The School’s distance learning postgraduate programme, offered through a range of learning media, is unique in Southern Africa.
This Guide is not intended as a how-to-do-it document. It aims to provide a framework for approaching the financial management cycle and to operate within the regulatory framework.The idea to develop an Overview and Guide for District Health Managers on Financial Management arose after a range of capacity building initiatives had been conducted in several districts across South Africa. During these initiatives it became clear that districts had common problems with regard to financial management.
Health systems research as a discipline requires continuous interaction between researchers, policy makers, health service managers and service providers. For health systems research to have a practical impact, such interaction has to be nurtured from the planning stages and sustained through to the utilisation of research findings, taking into account all the factors that might encourage or impede this process.