NHI: Call for strong and informed community participation

South Africa’s health indicators are nothing to be proud of, says Saranne Durham of Idasa’s Political Information & Monitoring Service in an article she co-wrote with Professors Sanders and Reynolds in the Cape Times 14 October 2010. South Africa’s under-five mortality rate of 67 deaths in 1000 live births is 10 times that of Cuba’s six, and six times Costa Rica’s 11. The proposed National Health Insurance “cannot bring about health for all unless the powerful vested interests are countered by political will, and sustained by community demand and mechanisms to ensure accountability of health care providers, managers and policy makers. A key ingredient of such a dispensation is strong and informed community participation in health and social policy development and implementation.” Read the article here.

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