Electronic Discussion Lists

HST provides an electronic health information service by hosting electronic discussion forums and mailing lists to facilitate information sharing, communication, and networking around broad and strategic public health issues, locally and internationally. Electronic discussions have been used as a tool for generating ideas, debating issues, and informing and influencing health sector policy development. Lists have been hosted for HST and for various organisations ranging from district and provincial level to national committees and private organisations.

The membership composition on all open discussion lists is broad and diverse and includes both national and international subscribers. This diversity has contributed to proactive and relevant debates and keeps health workers abreast with the latest local and international health related news. Subscription is free and generally open, although some groups are restricted to specific interest groups.

Please note that these lists are intended for CONSTRUCTIVE development of the health system, and although no attempt is made to control or censor the content of discussion groups, all subscribers should observe internationally accepted list usage guidelines and be aware that most of these lists are moderated to maintain a high quality standard.

Health Systems Trust and the moderators of any of these lists reserve the right to reject any postings considered to be spam, contain inappropriate language, flame other subscribers, or be outside of the stated scope of the list service.

Details on some of the discussion lists hosted by HST

List
Email Commands
Drug Policy and Practice [druginfo]
DrugInfo is a list to keep health workers at all levels abreast of drug information, developments in drug policy in South Africa and related information such as rational drug prescribing.
Health & Human Rights [hhrnet]
This list is hosted by the Health and Human Rights Project. The vision of the Project is the establishment of a culture of human rights in health, in a society where human rights are respected, and where the dialectical relationship between health and human rights is explicitly recognised. In terms of this vision, people would be able to achieve their full potential by knowing, articulating and exercising their human rights. The aim of the HHRNET is to promote communication between individuals and groups who wish to participate in the sharing of information and debates relating to health and human rights.
HST Bulletin
General information considered to be of interest to health workers, policy makers, researchers - including advice of new services. This is the main channel for distribution of new information from Health Systems Trust. Information includes notice of new publications, new research findings, conferences, events, news and other articles relevant to health systems development in South Africa.
Subscribe Address:
http://www.hst.org.za/hst-bulletin
Unsubscribe Address:
webmaster@hst.org.za
Rehabilitation/Disability [disability]
The purpose of this list is to share experiences and developments in the area of Rehabilitation and Disability, elicit help and opinions from colleagues working in the field and people with disabilities, contribute to the development of indicators that could be included in the health information system and developing a common language and understanding around terms. It is hoped that a summary of the relevant discussions could be used to inform policy at a national/provincial/district level.
60percent [60percent]
The name of this list signifies that southern Africa is responding to a feminised HIV/AIDS epidemic, with at least 60% of those living with HIV being women. Originally informed by discussions among a reference group comprising the AIDS Legal Network, the Democratic Nursing Association of South Africa, Health Systems Trust, Ipas South Africa, the International Community of HIV Positive Women, the Mosaic Healing and Training Centre for Women, OUT LGBT, the Tswaranang Legal Advocacy Centre and WomensNet, the 60percent list provides a platform for knowledge-sharing and dialogue related to women and HIV through a lens of sexual and reproductive health rights along the continuum of prevention, treatment and care.
South African Health Review Announcement [sahr-announce]
This list will announce the next publication of the South African Health Review. The South African Health Review, available annually since 1995, is recognised as an independent, objective and impartial assessment of the South African health system. The Review provides the most recent data on health status and health services, key opinions, and current thinking in Health in South Africa. This key resource is of use to health managers and decision-makers, researchers, academics, students, parliamentarians and journalists both in South Africa and in other countries.