South Africa is in the process of introducing an innovative system of healthcare financing with far reaching consequences on the health of South Africans. The National Health Insurance commonly referred to as NHI will ensure that everyone has access to appropriate, efficient and quality health services. It will be phased-in over a period of 14 years. This will entail major changes in the service delivery structures, administrative and management systems.
HST has established a solid reputation of good governance and sound financial management and has consistently secured funding to support the work of the organisation.
An independent Board of Trustees guides and provides oversight of HST. Board members collectively comprise a diverse group of individuals with professional standing and expertise in health systems development in and beyond South Africa.
This report and summary deals with the findings of the survey that deal with the District Health Barometer (DHB) publication. The DHB aims at improving the quality of and access to primary health care through monitoring important aspects of the health system at a district level by analysing and comparing a carefully selected range of health indicators.
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.
The District Health Barometer (DHB) is a collection of health indicators which presents a snapshot of how well the health districts in South Africa provide primary health care to the population. These indicators do not provide any form of complex analysis or in-depth research, yet they point to districts that need improvement and support and likewise to those districts that are doing well. They show how districts are performing relative to one another and relative to their province and the national average.Using the District Health Barometer (DHB), comparisons can now be made between the six metropolitan districts, between the 13 rural node districts or between any districts that are of a similar socio-economic status and size.