Date: Tuesday 20 October 2015
Venue: Southern Sun Hotel
Cnr. Steve Biko and Pretorius Streets
Time: 17h30 to 20h30
(Registration at 17h00)
Contact: Wendy Jasson da Costa
HST Communications Officer
Leading health systems research agency and thought-leader Health Systems Trust proudly announces the combined launch of the South African Health Review (SAHR) 2014/15 and the District Health Barometer (DHB) 2014/15.
Both publications are funded by the National Department of Health. The Director-General of Health, Ms Malebona Precious Matsoso, will deliver the keynote address at the launch to be held in Pretoria on Tuesday 20 October 2015 at 18h00.
The South African Health Review is an accredited, peer-reviewed journal published annually that documents the development of South Africa’s post-apartheid health system, thereby offering:
The content of this 18th edition of the SAHR is grouped under seven thematic pathways: Health Policy (Chapter 1); Policy Implementation (Chapters 2 to 4); Attaining Equitable Health Systems (Chapter 5 to 8); Strengthening Human Resources (Chapters 9 to 12); Private Sector (Chapter 13); the winning entry for the SAHR’s Emerging Public Health Practitioner Award (Chapter 14); and Tracking Progress (Chapter 15).
As the Review’s standard introductory component, Chapter 1 presents a review of developments in South African health policy and legislation over the past year. Chapter 2 describes the notable progress achieved in the Ideal Clinic Realisation and Maintenance initiative, and Chapter 3 presents valuable lessons learnt in the reference implementation of the eHealth Strategy in selected primary health care (PHC) facilities. To understand the organisational and behavioural characteristics influencing PHC strengthening, the perceptions and experiences of District Clinical Specialist Teams during early implementation stages in three districts are explored in Chapter 4.
Chapters 5 to 8 respectively address the options for advancing decentralisation of South Africa’s health system; task-shifting psycho-social interventions in public mental health; equitable and accessible health care in relation to disability and rehabilitation; and accounting for the rural context of need in resource allocation of the country’s public health system.
In the area of human resources for health, Chapter 9 discusses the challenges of and threats to South Africa’s nursing profession, and Chapter 10 focuses on a programme shown to strengthen the leadership capabilities of nurse managers in running clinic operations. Chapter 11 analyses data from a series of case studies that investigated how nurse managers make decisions, and Chapter 12 considers how community participation in the public health system at sub-district level can be enhanced using a range of approaches founded on collective capacity-building.
Following Chapter 13’s attention to private health sector financing, which takes the form of a review of open-market medical scheme benefit options, Chapter 14 is the winning entry for the Review’s Emerging Public Health Practitioner Award, which presents a model of care developed to address the demand for rehabilitation arising from the dramatic extension of the life-span of people living with HIV, along with HIV-related disabilities, co-morbidities and side effects of medication.
Chapter 15 on Health and Related Indicators provides the latest data on demographic and socio-economic aspects of health status indicators, i.e. general mortality and disability, infectious diseases (malaria, tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS), reproductive and child health, nutrition, non-communicable diseases, risk behaviour and determinants of health, and injuries. Health service indicators (facilities and personnel), as well as health financing indicators (provincial health expenditure) are also covered. The chapter lists key new information sources along with central issues and trends emerging from these health statistics, along with provincial maps and definitions for the data tables presented.
Also published annually, the District Health Barometer is designed to assist the National Department of Health in making health and related information available for monitoring progress in health service delivery at district level. The DHB provides current information on functioning and associated fluctuations in all 52 health districts, describing performance over time in relation to previous years as well as other districts. Each edition highlights problem areas, data quality issues, sustained and notable progress, and aspects requiring deeper research into underlying factors contributing to the indicator values and trends.
This 10th edition of the DHB presents data on 44 indicators, with trend illustrations and health profiles for South Africa, the nine provinces and the 52 districts, and includes chapter on the country’s burden of disease. Once again, the Barometer paints a varied picture in the national profile.
Significant gains were noted in some areas:
However, persistent challenges prevail in other areas:
Electronic copies of the South African Health Review and the District Health Barometer will be accessible via the HST website (www.hst.org.za) after 18h00 on Tuesday, 20 October 2015.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
About Health Systems Trust
Health Systems Trust (HST) is an innovative non-profit organisation working to strengthen ongoing development of comprehensive health systems in southern Africa. Using a primary health care approach, we specialise in conducting health research, providing technical support, and information dissemination. Our strategies are designed to promote equity and efficiency in health and healthcare delivery.
HST produces two flagship publications annually: the District Health Barometer (DHB) and the South African Health Review (SAHR).
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