National Health Service
In this issue we outline activities that should be part of the routine functions of the district health management team, led by the district manager. Given that there are four outcomes in the National Health Service Delivery Agreement (NSDA) that the Minister signed with the President and with all the MECs for Health, these priorities must be implemented at every level of the health system. These priorities are:
• Improve life expectancy
• Decrease the burden of disease from HIV and TB
• Decrease infant, child and maternal mortality rates
• Improve the effectiveness of the health system
This is the second and final report for the Health Systems Trust Qualities of Health Workers Project. In this project we have been aiming to make a contribution to a caring attitude in the health sector with specific reference to the training of health workers. the practical outcome of this phase is training module for care learning number 2 as described in chapter three.
Career Choices in Relation to Nursing: A Cross-Sectional Descriptive Study Investigating the Career Choices of School Leavers in Relation to Nursing, and What Influences These Choices
The nurse is the single most important frontline health worker (Ntshona, 2000:2). Without nurses the clinics, community health centres and hospitals cannot function. It is therefore critical that nurse education and the supply of nurses form an integral part of transformation of health services in South Africa (Ntshona, 2000:2). According to the Department of Health (2006) there is a need to significantly increase the production of all categories of nurses in order to fulfil the requirements of South Africa.
Acceptability to general practitioners of national health insurance and capitation as reimbursement mechanism
Lessons for the implementation of the Essential Drugs Programme within districts.Nurses are the frontline health providers for most people in South Africa today. Many nurses feel ill-equipped for their new role as clinical nursing practitioners. At the same time, clinics often experience shortages of medicines. A process of training and support is needed to ensure that medicines are prescribed and dispensed in a rational and cost-efficient manner.