This statistical release presents information on mortality and causes of death in South Africa for deaths that occurred in 2010. It also provides information on death occurrences from 1997 to 2009 to show trends in mortality and causes of death. It is based on data collected through the South African civil registration system that is maintained by the Department of Home Affairs. The information on causes of death provided is as recorded on death notification forms completed by medical practitioners and other certifying officials.
The focus of the National Health Insurance Conference, themed “Lessons for South Africa”, was to create a national consultative health forum as a platform for South Africans to engage with local and international experts in the areas of health financing and health systems reforms and how these have been undertaken in other contexts to ensure that universal coverage to quality health services is achieved for the entire national population. The Conference was organised as part of the Department’s strategy to consult as many stakeholders as is possible on the contents of the Green Paper on National Health Insurance (NHI) which was published in Gazette Number 34523 on 12th August 2011 to initiate a process of eliciting comments from the public.
The Green Paper on National Health Insurance (NHI) was published on 12th August 2011 and it indicates that NHI will be implemented gradually in three phases over a fourteen year period. The implementation of NHI is aimed at ensuring universal access to quality healthcare on a more sustainable and equitable basis than currently exists for the entire population. The implementation of NHI is a priority of Government as articulated in Government’s Programme of Action as well as the Negotiated Service Delivery Agreement. In order for the health sector to contribute towards achieving A Long and Healthy Life for All South Africans, the Minister of Health has committed to the following NSDA outputs:
a) Increased life expectancy
THE NATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HOSTS A CONFERENCE THEMED “NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE: LESSONS FOR SOUTH AFRICA”
The SAHR 2011 provides valuable policy and empirical information on a range of issues that are related to and impact on the Negotiated Service Delivery Agreement and primary health care re-engineering as envisaged by the National Department of Health (NDoH). A range of experts provide commentary on topics ranging from rural health, health technology to human resources. SAHR 2011 also contains a section on core health issues, where developments in health information systems, financing health care, and health legislation and policy are discussed. The Review concludes with the Indicators chapter which presents a selection of the best available data on the functioning and performance of the health system.
he Global Campaign for the Health Millennium Development Goals was launched at the Clinton Global Initiative by Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway and a group of world leaders in September 2007. The campaign brings together actions and initiatives with the common aim of fulfilling the promises for development – the eight Millennium Development Goals – made by world leaders 11 years ago.
Health Systems Trust (HST) is a dynamic not-for-profit organisation (NPO) established in 1992 to support the transformation of the health system in a new democratic South Africa. Subscribing to a primary health care approach, HST actively supports current and future development of a comprehensive health system, through strategies designed to promote equity and efficiency in health and health care delivery in southern Africa.
HST employs about 50 staff members in two directorates, Programmes and Corporate Services, that collaborate in achieving the organisation’s goals. HST relies on the services of independent consultants when project demands exceed the capacity of the core staff.
International experience has shown that CHWs can make a valuable contribution to improving basic health status in poor communities. However, the nature of their role in South Africa's Primary Health Care (PHC) system has yet to be defined. The development of CHW programmes will be facilitated by the move towards a district-based health system (DHS). However, the message from other countries is that there must be clarity on the status and role of these front-line health workers for them to achieve their full potential.
Transport Policy for Health Services in the Public Health Sector - Lessons Learned from a Study of the Impact on Health Services of Public-Private Partnership for Transport in the Eastern Cape
Adequate and appropriate vehicles are essential for health service delivery. These are required for transport and transfer of patients from community to health facilities and between levels of health care delivery of essential equipment, medicines and other supplies to point of service delivery transport of health workers for supervisory visits, to attend meetings and training sessions and for administrative purposes.