Ten Point Plan
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Ten Point Plan

  1. ​​​​​Reorganisation of support services
  • Strengthen Health Information Systems and improve data collection.
  • Develop the National Health Laboratory Service to integrate laboratory services from provincial health departments, the South African Institute for Medical Research, the national Department of Health and academic institutions into a public entity.
  • Develop an integrated food safety and control system.
  • Facilitate the transfer of medicolegal mortuaries from the South-African Police Service to the provincial departments of health to strengthen efficiency, effectiveness and accountability.
  • Transform the current fragmented blood transfusion services into a single national blood transfusion service.
  • Improve efficiency in the units of the compensation commissioner and the Medical Bureau of Diseases.
​2. Legislative reform
  • Strengthen the development of new or amended legislation to support strategic objectives of Department.
  • Ensure the proclamation of all subordinate legislation (regulations) linked with the Acts already passed or to be passed.
  • Facilitate the passing of Provincial Health Bills.
  • Develop health technology legislation.
3. Improving quality of care
  • Strengthen the Batho Pele programme that has already been initiated.
  • The development and operationalisation of a National Policy on Quality.
  • Introduce mechanisms to advance patients rights and protection.
  • Improve clinical practice.
  • Strengthen governance structures to facilitate community and user participation.
4. Revitalization of hospital services 
  • Develop a National Planning Framework to reduce disparities in health access and outcomes.
  • Ensure that hospital services are planned rationally, are affordable and sustainable.
  • Ensure long term planning for highly specialized services.
  • Improve rehabilitation of the Hospital Sector Infrastructure.
  • Improve hospital management efficiency.
5. Speeding up delivery of an essential package of services through the district health system 
  • Strengthen the delivery of a Comprehensive Primary Health Care Package.
  • Strengthen programmes to ensure communities are active participants in their own health care.
  • Increase access to and availability of Primary Health Care services.
  • Incorporate the Integrated Sustainable Rural Development Strategy (ISRDS) with the implementation strategy of the PHC Package.
  • Ensure the incorporation of the Urban Renewal Programme (URP) with the delivery of PHC services.
6. Decreasing morbidity and mortality rates through strategic interventions 
  • Reduce the incidence and prevalence of childhood infectious diseases.
  • Reduce the incidence of health problems amongst the youth.
  • Decrease the incidence of HIV/AIDS, STDs and TB.
  • Strengthen Information, education, social mobilisation and communication on HIV/AIDS.
  • Promote safe sexual behaviour.
  • Improve the effectiveness of services for the treatment and management of HIV/AIDS.
  • Co-ordinate and facilitate role player partnership in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
  • Strengthen initiatives to decrease incidence of STDs.
  • Decrease the incidence and prevalence of tuberculosis.
  • Implement and evaluate a comprehensive prevention, care and support; package for HIV/AIDS/STD/TB.
  • Reduce the incidence of malaria.
  • Improve women’s and maternal health.
  • Reduce the incidence of mental health problems.
  • Increase the availability and effectiveness of mental health care services
  • Reduce the level of alcohol and substance abuse.
  • Reduce the incidence and impact of violence with special focus on women and children.
  • Prevent chronic diseases of lifestyle and preventable cancers and blindness.
  • Reduce the prevalence and burden of chronic diseases/ conditions and cancers.
  • Improve accessibility of health facilities to people with disabilities.
  • Promote poverty alleviation and food security strategies.
  • Strengthen nutrition interventions to prevent and manage malnutrition.
  • Develop integrated rural development strategies in collaboration with other partners.
  • Improve the safety of food, drugs and biological products.
  • Improve the effectiveness of Emergency Medical Services.
  • Strengthen the development of disaster management strategies.
  • Strengthen health promotion programmes.
  • Reduce the incidence of infectious diseases.
  • Reduce child malnutrition.
7. Improving resource mobilization and the management of resources without neglecting the attainment of equity in resource allocation
  • Reduce inter and intra provincial inequity in resource allocation.
  • Strengthen funding for Primary Health Care.
  • Improve management of budget expenditure.
  • Improve revenue generation.
  • Facilitate the implementation of the New Medical Schemes Regulations.
  • Consolidate inter-departmental collaboration on comprehensive Social Security of which Social Health Insurance is a component part.
  • Finalise the public-private partnership framework.
  • Strengthen effective management of health technology.
8. Improving health human resource development and management 
  • Determine human resource requirements of the country by level of care.
  • Determine the most appropriate and affordable skill mix needed at each level of care.
  • Develop strategies to reduce inequities in the training, and distribution of personnel.
  • Develop a human resources strategy to address organizational structures, management systems and culture, recruitment and retention of personnel, and training and retraining;
9. Improving communication and consultation within the health system and between the health   system and communities we serve
  • Improve communication both within the public health system and with other stakeholders.
  • Increase effective use and availability of electronic communication tools.
10. Strengthening co-operation with our partners internationally
  • Ensure effective participation to fulfil international treaties and agreements made e.g. WHO (especially in the Africa Region) and UNICEF.
  • Consolidate and revitalise bi-lateral and multi-lateral agreements entered into over the last five years.
  • Strengthen and expand agreements with Africa and the Middle East, the Americas, Asia and the South Seas, all the UN agencies and other multilateral organisations.​


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