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Score card on social determinants of health
Karel
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10 Dec, 2014

The government scored a dismal E for basic education, water and sanitation; a F for electricity and a D for gender, the SA Human Rights Commission and civil society organisations said at a discussion convened by NGO Soul City Institute to reflect on how education, electricity, gender, water, sanitation and transport impacted on the health of South Africans. Soul City believes health is not merely the absence of illnesses but is determined by someone’s education and gender and the environment in which they live today.

Rate Service Delivery on your Health
Karel
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01 Dec, 2014

Would you pass or fail government on service delivery? The Soul City Institute for Health & Development Communication wants South Africans to rate their experiences of service delivery that impacts on their health outcomes. The organisation is asking you to fill out a reportcard as part of its ongoing advocacy for active citizenship at community health level.

Care is cast aside beyond the city limits
Karel
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19 Nov, 2014

Last week the Health Systems Trust, an independent not-for-profit research institution, published the ninth edition of its annual District Health Barometer. The Barometer is a publication that provides a snapshot – using a range of primary healthcare indicators – of how well districts within and between provinces are doing in terms of delivering health services.

Human rights practitioners call for improved health care
Karel
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25 Sep, 2014

The recent tragedy where a toddler was beaten by a rodent in Alex was cited as a perfect example where access to quality health care is still a struggle for the needy and poor. This was said during a panel debate hosted by the Soul City Institute and their partners in civil society movement; Black Sash, Human Rights Commission and Health Systems Trust. The debate looked into how social determinants of health such as water, sanitation, education and jobs contribute to a healthier society.

Impediments to a healthy SA society
Karel
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23 Sep, 2014

Professor Heather Zar, head of the department of paediatrics and child health at UCT, said: `South Africa has seen good progress with prevention of n1other-to- chi_ld transmission, with strong immunisation programmes.

Mentor Mothers: Caring for the smallest children
Karel
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12 Sep, 2014

For the past eight years, Nonqaba Melani (51) has been knocking on thousands of doors in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. “I never say no to any request for help. I am well known now and respected in the community. They know me and see what I do,” she says.

MomConnect to link mothers to vital healthcare
Karel
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21 Aug, 2014

A new cellphone based application, MomConnect, is expected to register all pregnant women in the country for a “sms” service which provides information and advice on pregnancy, as well as a channel to notify the department about poor service.

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