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Strategic Priorities for the National Health System, 2004-2009

Department of Health, Republic of South Africa Country Resources General Health Strategies and Plans South Africa 1 January 2004 Policy document health system, strategy

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An accessible, caring and high quality health system

To improve health status through prevention and promotion of healthy lifestyles and to consistently improve the health care delivery system by focusing on access, equity, efficiency, quality and sustainability

The Department of Health conducted a review of the period 1999-2004 to determine what work is outstanding and what new work is needed to provide the necessary stewardship of the South African health system. This process has resulted in the adoption of a new set of priorities for the next 5 years:
-Improve governance and management of the NHS
-Promote healthy lifestyles
-Contribute towards human dignity by improving quality of care
-Improve management of communicable diseases and non-communicable illnesses
-Strengthen primary health care, EMS and hospital service delivery systems
-Strengthen support services
-Human resource planning, development and management
-Planning, budgeting and monitoring and evaluation
-Prepare & implement legislation
-Strengthen international relations


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