health care services
RHAP Programme Manager: Rural-Proofing Policy and Budgeting (RPB) Programme for Improved Access to Quality Health Care in Rural South Africa
The Rural Health Advocacy Project is a partnership initiative between the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa (RuDASA), the Wits Centre for Rural Health (WCRH) and Section27. The work of the RHAP revolves around the constitutional right of rural and remote communities to have equitable access to comprehensive, quality health care.
The RHAP has established a new programme that aims to improve access to quality health care services in rural South Africa through more equitable and effective planning and financing of rural health services.
Main purpose of the job
To lead, coordinate and implement the RPB Programme objectives
Has the process of developing human resource's been geared towards making Primary Health Care a priority?" This is a question to which the previous edition of HST Update drew attention. We continue the debate by focusing on a cadre of health workers operating at the community level of health care.
The use of ‘co-payments’ to deal with possible ‘over-utilisation’ of health care services is a key point of contention in policy debates related to South Africa’s National Health Insurance proposals.
Over-utilisation occurs when health care provision (in instances when it is free at the point of service), leads to inappropriate and excessive utilisation. Co-payments mean users still receive health services that are heavily subsidised (from public funds in the case of the proposed NHI), but have to pay something towards the cost of services – this aims to curb the frivolous use of services and avoid over-utilisation.
HST Conference: 10-11 October 2007, Indaba Hotel, Fourways, Johannesburg
The 2007 HST Conference, Strengthening Health Systems in Southern Africa 1992-2007, provided a platform for a critical review of HSTs contribution to health research utilization in policy making and an understanding of information use to inform management decisions, to improve the quality of health service delivery. The conference also highlighted the challenges to equitable access to health services by poor and rural communities.
Refugees Perceptions of their Health Status & Quality of Health Care Services in Durban, South Africa: A Community-Based Survey
Health problems experienced by the majority of displaced population, either through natural catastrophes or man-made disasters pose major challenges for public health systems worldwide.4 The diversity of problems experienced by refugees requires diverse approaches, including diseases surveillance, control and prevention.