Health care system

Transport Policy for Health Services in the Public Health Sector - Lessons Learned from a Study of the Impact on Health Services of Public-Private Partnership for Transport in the Eastern Cape

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Health Systems Trust

Adequate and appropriate vehicles are essential for health service delivery. These are required for transport and transfer of patients from community to health facilities and between levels of health care delivery of essential equipment, medicines and other supplies to point of service delivery transport of health workers for supervisory visits, to attend meetings and training sessions and for administrative purposes.

Hospitals overwhelmed by dying AIDS patients

Despite governments introduction of antiretroviral drugs in 2004 to contain HIV in those already infected, thousands of people are still dying of AIDS-related illnesses, and hospitals from Cape Town to Mussina are struggling to deal with the increased load.

State of the Nation: South Africa 2007

Published by: 
Human Sciences Research Council
Assembling academics, journalists, researchers and analysts, the State of the Nation: South Africa 2007 volume will provide much fuel for debate. It offers 23 diverse angles on contemporary South Africa in one compelling, comprehensive and relevant publication.

The politics section focuses on the outcome of the 2006 local government elections and issues of service delivery. The section on the economy examines the rapidly growing social welfare net, the state of our public hospitals and health delivery systems, issues of water and the environment, and heritage and tourism.

Africa is developing solutions for fighting disease and improving health, new WHO report finds

Addis Ababa, 20 November 2006 -- The first report to focus on the health of the people living in the 46 countries of WHO African Region was launched Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Simultaneous launches of the report, titled The Health of the People: The African Regional Health Report, were held at press conferences in London and WHO Headquarters in Geneva.

Solidarity With Developing Nations - At a Cost

As concerns continue to be expressed about the departure of African medical professionals for wealthy countries, South Africa says it is not recruiting health workers from developing nations -- something that also reflects the country's own experience of the medical brain drain.

Health leaders from developing countries commit to launch Health Systems Action Network

Thirty-one (31) health systems leaders from all regions of the world have agreed to launch a Health System Action Network (HSAN) to increase understanding at both the global and country level of the importance of strong health systems to achieve urgent health priorities. HSAN will share what is known across countries by linking health systems leaders through a global network and will provide input to global and donor initiatives so that programmes best serve country priorities.

Creaking health systems hampering AIDS battle: WHO

LONDON (Reuters) - Crumbling health systems and chronic staff shortages are hampering efforts to provide AIDS sufferers with life-saving drugs, the head of the World Health Organization's (WHO) HIV division said on Friday. Dr Kevin De Cock said Africa, which has been hardest hit by the AIDS epidemic, is short of at least a million healthcare workers and, over the past quarter-century, infrastructures in many countries have eroded.

A not-to-be-missed BEE opportunity in the public health sector

The Health Sector Charter originally proposed by the Department of Health (DOH) failed to grasp the opportunity to empower the large number of employees in the public sector. If press reports are correct, this situation continues.