We commit to:
- Increase life expectancy
- Decrease maternal and child mortality
- Combat HIV and AIDS and decrease the burden of disease from TB
- Strengthen health system effectiveness
ADDRESS BY THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF HEALTH, DR GWEN RAMOKGOPA, AT THE 14TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE BOARD OF HEALTHCARE FUNDERS
On the eve of the 20th Anniversary of our democracy I believe it is important to take stock of the progress we have made as a nation in effecting the constitutional obligation of ensuring the realization of health , including reproductive health , as a human right citizens. I would also take this opportunity to call on you to contribute a vision and a future that should build greater human solidarity and ensure security of access , quality , efficiency and effectiveness of the Health System for the benefit of all people of South Africa.
Deputy Health Minister Dr Gwen Ramokgopa speaks at the University of Pretoria
The Department of Health was encouraged that a study to measure South Africa’s scientific performance during 2000 – 2010 found that research publications in the country were on the increase , on the verge of its highest contribution in history and further that there was a shift towards health science fields. What we however became concerned about and needed to unravel was why despite these good news the country did not perform as well as expected in terms of the effectiveness of the health system and health outcomes during the same period of study. What remained questionable was on one hand, the relevance of the health science publications to health needs of the population and on the hand, the ability of the Health System to translate this knowledge into policy and practice. Closing this gap between scientific enquiry and health outcomes is a key strategic priority we have adopted and have established Statutory National Health Research Committee whose tasks amongst others is to set the Health Research Agenda for the country .
This year Pharmacy Week runs from 1 to 8 September 2013.
This year Pharmacy Week runs from 1 to 8 September 2013. The National Department of Health, the South African Pharmacy Council, with the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa, and Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) as partners, urges the profession to participate enthusiastically in this campaign, and to promote pharmaceutical care to all consumers. The overall theme, Towards Quality Care Together, will be reinforced in the 2013 Pharmacy Week, with the concerted sub-theme focus that every patient should understand generic medicines. This also ties in very well with the Department of Health’s national core standards, as well as Council’s vision of ensuring quality pharmaceutical service to all the people in South Africa. The sub-theme, ‘Understand Generic Medicine, talks directly to the patients to make sure that they know and understand the medicines that are dispensed to them by their pharmacists. Patients have the responsibility to know that the Generic medicines they are taking are good value for money, tested and approved, good quality, effective and safe before they leave the pharmacy.