Combining reflections on South Africas progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals and perspectives on a National Health Insurance for South Africa, the 14th edition of the SAHR promises to provide a useful resource for public health practitioners in both nationally and locally.
Produced since 1995, the SAHR an annual publication of Health Systems Trust and provides a South African perspective on prevailing local and international public health issues. It has rapidly become a flagship product that is widely read, used and quoted as an authoritative reference source.
Delivering the keynote address at the launch, Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa commented as follows:
This launch of the SAHR is a great achievement not only for the HST, but for all of us who appreciate excellence. On behalf of our people and those who benefit from our services, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of South Africa and the Department of Health, we note with appreciation the launch of this report.
The South African Health Review (SAHR) is a very valuable resource, especially for academics, students, researchers, scientists, policy makers, health activists and leaders in South Africa and abroad. Since 1995 when the first SAHR was published, it has developed into a user-friendly and authoritative reference manual for those who need well researched information about the South African National Health System. The Board and staff of the Health Systems Trust (HST) is highly commended for the consistency that it has displayed in compiling these reports and also the high quality of work that year-after-year is dedicated to the production of this publication.
This publication of the HST has gained a reputation of being an independent assessment of the performance of the South African national health system. Every year the SA Health Review provides its compilers an opportunity to analyze new and existing data, make informed conclusions about the pace of progress made and recommend to decision makers and implementers what needs to be done in order to reach the targets. The SAHR also provides invaluable yearly statistical updates on a compendium of health and development indicators.
Your decision to sharply focus in the 2010 SA Health Review the MDGs and the National Health Insurance (NHI) indicates the value that you put on health outcomes and ongoing health policy reform. This edition therefore provides the reader with an in-depth analysis of health MDGs and their linkages to other development goals and health interventions being implemented in our country.
The launch was attended by a variety of stakeholders in the health field and included Department of Health staff, academics, parliamentarians, donors and the media.
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