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The 14th edition of the District Health Barometer (the Barometer) was released in Pretoria today.
According to Health Systems Trust who produce the publication annually, the Barometer, provides information on health system performance, inequities in health outcomes, and health resource allocation and delivery. While the findings present a mixed picture of provinces and districts, the document shows slow but sustained progress in many areas which augurs well for South Africa reaching some of the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The emphasis in the latest edition of the Barometer is on the Sustainable Development Goals - particularly goal 3.8 which- among other things - challenges countries to achieve universal health coverage. The Barometer reports on the four categories of indicators that are used to compute a universal health service coverage index: reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health, infectious disease control, non-communicable disease management, and service capacity and access.
"The data shows that efforts to strengthen the health system are paying dividends at district level as gains continue to be reflected in a number of areas" said CEO, Dr Themba Moeti.
The latest Barometer indicates that:
The publication is complemented by the District Health Profiles, an electronic accompaniment to the Barometer which reports on 48 indicators such as the social determinants of health, women and maternal health, child and school health, and communicable and non-communicable diseases. Information on the country's progress towards the achievement of the 90-90-90 targets for HIV and TB as well as the population distribution, local municipality boundaries and health facility locations, the leading causes of death and budget and expenditure information for each district are also included.
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