Health care system

Viewpoint: HIV/AIDS and the health workforce crisis: What are the next steps?

In scaling up antiretroviral treatment (ART), financing is fast becoming less of a constraint than the human resources to ensure the implementation of the programmes. In the countries hardest affected by the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) pandemic, AIDS increases workloads, professional frustration and burn-out. It affects health workers also directly, contributing to rising sick leave and attrition rates. This burden is shouldered by a health workforce weakened already by chronic deficiencies in training, distribution and retention. In these countries, health workforce issues can no longer be analysed from the traditional perspective of human resource development, but should start from the position that entire societies are in a process of social involution of a scale unprecedented in human history. Strategies that proved to be effective and correct in past conditions need be reviewed, particularly in the domains of human resource management and policy-making, education and international aid. True paradigm shifts are thus required, without which the fundamental changes required to effectively strengthen the health workforce are unlikely to be initiated.

Annual Report 2003/04

Series Name: 
HST Annual Report
Published by: 
Health Systems Trust
The 2003/04 year has been yet another challenging and rewarding one for HST. On reflection, it has been a year in which HST has shown its ability to successfully adapt to external changes and demands, while remaining true to its mission, and continuing to expand the role and influence of the organisation in South Africa and the region.

National Health Act proclaimed by the President

At least 10 of the 12 chapters of the National Health Act (Act No 61 of2003) will come into effect on 2 May 2005 after the Act was proclaimed by President Thabo Mbeki in the Government Gazette published yesterday. (18 April)

The Mobile Health Clinics Forum 2005

The Mobile Clinic International Forum - Advancing Access to Healthcare convened by the International Medical Exchange, Inc. and Mobile Health Consultants and co-sponsored by the Medical Research Council, Telemedicine Research Unit. This historic educational event for healthcare professionals and health policy-makers will be held at the Denver (Colorado) Convention Center from April 15-17. The event is being planned as a satellite meeting at the annual meeting of the prestigious American Telemedicine Association (ATA).