Lessons for district managers in putting in place an effective communications strategy.Communication strategies for health in South Africa today risk being equated with the installation of computers! This brief highlights two points: First, comprehensive communication strategies need to be thought out very carefully. Second, computerisation of health facilities can be a waste of time and money unless there are clear reasons for use and adequate technical and user support. An approach to developing a communications strategy.
Strategies to strengthen community participation in the Bergville district.Strengthening community participation in health districts remains one of the most difficult aspects of health sector development in South Africa. In this Kwik Skwiz, the Bergville District Management Team describes two strategies which it has found particularly effective.
Steps to address Tuberculosis (TB) systematically in Benede Oranje region.TB has been identified as the most important health problem facing the Benede Oranje region/district in the Northern Cape province. In 1996 the district reported a staggeringly high incidence of 1 160 cases per 100 000 people compared to an estimated 340 cases per 100 000 people for the rest of the province (Tuberculosis Research Programme, MRC). ISDS has been working with the district in an effort to reduce the incidence of TB. Although long-term solutions to the problem will depend on poverty reduction and improvements in living conditions, the district team believes that their first task is to ensure an efficient district level TB control programme.