South African Health Review 2014/15

Padarath A, King J, English R
Publication Year: 
South Africa
Published by: 
Health Systems Trust
The South African Health Review (SAHR) is an accredited peer-reviewed journal, published annually, that documents the evolution of South Africa’s post-apartheid health system, offering:
  • current, evidence-based insights into the status of policy development, integration and implementation in a range of healthcare structures, protocols and processes;
  • promising models that address intractable challenges and gaps in health service implementation; and
  • concepts for and commentary on health system policy innovation and reform.
The content of the 18th edition of the Review (2014/15) begins with the standard ‘Health Policy and Legislation’ chapter, followed by a set of chapter providing updates on primary health care policy implementation (Chapter 2: progress of the Ideal Clinic Realisation and Maintenance initiative; Chapter 3: reference implementation of the eHealth Strategy; and Chapter 4: early implementation experiences of the District Clinical Specialist Teams in three districts). 
Reviewing issues pertinent to attaining equitable health systems, Chapters 5 to 8 respectively address: options for advancing decentralisation of South Africa’s health system; task-shifting of psychosocial interventions in public mental health care; recommendations for accessible health care in relation to disability and rehabilitation; and accounting for the rural context of need in resource allocation for the public health system.  
Under human resources for health, Chapter 9 addresses the challenges of and threats to South Africa’s nursing profession, and Chapter 10 describes a programme shown to strengthen the leadership capabilities of facility operational managers. Chapter 11 focuses on the types of information needed and used by nurse managers to make decisions, and Chapter 12 unpacks how various collective capacity-building approaches can enhance community participation in public health systems at sub-district level.
A review and analysis of open-market medical scheme benefit options is the topic of Chapter 13, and Chapter 14, which introduces a model of care designed to address the demand for rehabilitation associated with HIV-related disability, is the winning entry for this year’s Emerging Public Health Practitioner Award. The concluding ‘Health and Related Indicators’ chapter lists key new data sources along with central issues and trends emerging from the latest statistics on demographic and socio-economic aspects of health status, health services and health financing indicators.
You can collect a hard copy of the 2014/15 edition of the SAHR from HST’s Westville office, or alternatively, you are welcome to arrange for a courier to collect a copy on your behalf.  Please send an e-mail with your name and phone number to the name of the courier company and the date and time of their expected arrival. 

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Complete SAHR 2014/15 (25.3Mb)

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  1. Health Policy and Legislation
    Andy Gray, Yousuf Vawda
  2. The Ideal Clinic in South Africa: Planning for implementation

    Robert Fryatt, Jeanette Hunter

  1. eHealth Programme reference implementation in primary health care facilities

    Milani Wolmarans, Wesley Solomon, Gaurang Tanna, Matthew Chetty,  Mutheiwana Dombo, Jaco Venter, Annie Parsons

  2. Understanding roles, enablers and challenges of District Clinical Specialist Teams in strengthening primary health care in South Africa

    Kafayat O. Oboirien,  Bronwyn Harris, John Eyles, Marsha Orgill, Diane McIntyre, Natsayi Chimbindi, Jane Goudge

  3. Decentralisation in South Africa: Options for District Health Authorities in South Africa

    Stephen JH Hendricks, Eric Buch, Eunice Seekoe, Tom Bossert, Marc Roberts (posthumous)

  4. Task-shifting psychosocial interventions in public mental health: A review of the evidence in the South African context

    Maxine F. Spedding, Dan J. Stein, Katherine Sorsdahl

  1. Disability and rehabilitation: Essential considerations for equitable, accessible and poverty-reducing health care in South Africa

    Kate Sherry

  2. Developing an approach to accounting for need in resource allocation between urban and rural district hospitals in South Africa

    Daygan Eagar, Richard Cooke, Jonathan Levin, Milani Wolmarans

  3. A profession in peril? Revitalising nursing in South Africa

    Laetitia Rispel, Judith Bruce

  4. Frontline managers matter: Wellness for Effective Leadership

    Tim Wilson, Sarah Davids, Anna Voce

  1. Operational health service management: Understanding the role of information in decision-making

    Vera Scott, Ntombomzi Dinginto, Zethu Xapile

  2. Re-imagining community participation at the district level: Lessons from the DIALHS collaboration

    Susan Cleary, Nikki Schaay, Elizabeth Botes, Ntombizanele Figlan, Uta Lehmann, Lucy Gilson

  3. Analysing the structure and nature of medical scheme benefit design in South Africa

    Josh Kaplan, Shivani Ranchod

  1. A model of care for the rehabilitation of people living with HIV in a semi-rural South African setting

    Verusia Chetty

  1. Health and Related Indicators

    Candy Day, Andy Gray