Health care system
On the eve of much-hyped G8 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland health experts have hit out at the English speaking countries in the exclusive club, accusing them of giving aid with one hand while robbing African countries with the other by siphoning off their most precious resource doctors and nurses.
HST seeks to employ a senior research officer to be based preferably in Gauteng/Pretoria.
Government's plan to address the critical shortage of nurses and doctors is months from developing practical guidelines.
Thousands of posts in the public health sector are vacant and the crisis is deepening as nurses, doctors and pharmacists leave in search of better working environments. However, a human resources plan to address the crisis has still not been released despite promises.
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.
HST Annual Report
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.
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 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).
It gives me great pleasure to present the budget of the national Department of Health for your consideration, debate and acceptance.
The Department of Health has met its target in the implementation of the Comprehensive Plan for Management, Care and Treatment of HIV and AIDS for the financial year ending March 31, 2005.