The development of the District Health System in South Africa: Lessons Learned from the Experience of ISDS: Technical Report 5
Will districts become effective vehicles for improving the quality of care, or expensive paper-shuffling machines? Will district management teams walk an interminable treadmill, or slowly, but surely improve the quality of care? These are the niggling and uncomfortable questions that motivate participants in the Initiative for Sub-District Support (ISDS).
Over the past year, the ISDS has tried to develop systematic processes of support to management teams in selected districts in South Africa, aimed at strengthening their ability to improve the quality of health care. Through this experience, we hope to be able to share lessons with other districts to create a positive spin-off effect, demonstrate the process of district development, and pinpoint persistent obstacles.