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.
This year's Review looks at issues related to transformation such as legislation and financing of health care, human resources, and support systems for health care delivery. Other key public health issues covered in the Review include HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, tuberculosis, malaria and nutrition. In addition the Review contains comprehensive information on key health and related indicators.