A colleague drew my attention to this blog post by Becky Malby, Director of the Centre for Innovation in Health Management at Leeds University in the UK: The potential of UK/South Africa collaboration in health leadership and management.
In the blog she reflects on her recent visit to South Africa and suggests some priorities for health system transformation which I find refreshing.
Her suggestions speak to the issue of how to restore order to a highly complex and sometimes floundering health system: should (and can) order be imposed from above or are more local, dynamic solutions required?
Here are the powerpoint slides for a presentation I gave on behalf of colleagues at the most recent Prince Mahidol Award Conference which was held in Thailand between 27 and 31 January 2014.
The theme of the conference “Transformative Learning for Health Equity” and it focused on issues around the production of human resources to achieve universal health coverage. You can look at more presentations from the conference on the conference website.
The title of our paper was: Doherty J, Couper I, Campbell D, Walker J. 2014. Transforming rural health systems through clinical academic leadership: lessons from South Africa: PS2.1 Jane Doherty
Here are the powerpoint slides for a recent presentation I gave about National Health Insurance to a Symposium by Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA) on 6 February 2014: ERSA NHI presentation_Jane Doherty
The theme of the Symposium was “Critical choices regarding universal health coverage” and it was held at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study.
My presentation was titled “Getting South Africa ready for NHI: critical next steps.”
If you look on ERSA’s website you will find more details on the Symposium.
Here is some information on my latest policy brief, as well as the report on which it is based:
EQUINET Policy Brief 35: Legislation on the for-profit private health sector in East and Southern Africa
Doherty J (2013) with UCT HEU, TARSC. Wemos Foundation, Policy brief 35, EQUINET, Harare
While the private sector contributes new resources to the health system, international evidence shows that if left unregulated it may distort the quantity, distribution and quality of health services, and lead to anti-competitive behaviour. As the for-profit private sector is expanding in east and southern African (ESA) countries, governments need to strengthen their regulation of the sector to align it to national health system objectives. This policy brief examines how existing laws in the region address the quantity, quality, distribution and price of private health care services, based on evidence made available from desk review and in-country experts. It proposes areas for strengthening the regulation of individual health care practitioners, private facilities and health insurers. A more detailed discussion paper (#87) on the laws and information in the brief is available at www.equinetafrica.org/bibl/docs/EQ%20Diss%2087%20Private%20HS.pdf.
EQUINET (the Network on Equity in Health in Southern Africa) have just published an editorial and report on legislation governing the for-profit private health sector in east and southern Africa. To access these publications, click on the links below:
Doherty J. 2013. We cannot afford to leave the for-profit private health sector unregulated in Africa (editorial). EQUINET Newsletter 150: 01 August 2013. Available at: http://www.equinetafrica.org/newsletter/
Doherty J. 2013. Legislation on the for-profit private health sector in east and southern Africa. EQUINET Discussion Paper 99. Harare: HEU, EQUINET. Available at: http://www.equinetafrica.org/bibl/docs/Diss%2099%20privsector%20laws%20Aug2013.pdf
My colleagues – Ian Couper, David Campbell and Judi Walker – and I have just published a new article in Rural and Remote Health.
It is called “Transforming rural health systems through clinical academic leadership: lessons from South Africa.”
Here is the PDF version: RRH article_clinical academic leadership.
Here is my latest article on clinical associates:
Doherty J. 2013. Addressing staff shortages at public hospitals: a role for clinical associates? Public Health Association of Southern Africa Newsletter February 28. Available at: http://www.phasa.org.za/articles/addressing-staff-shortages-in-public-hospitals-a-role-for-clinical-associates.html