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Department of Health Strategic Plan to 2019 NCDs

Written by Vicki Pinkney-Atkinson.

A quick review of where issues related to NCDs may be found in the National Department of Health’s (NDoH’s) strategic plan 2014/15- 2018/19.
Download the strategic plan: SA DoH Strategic Plan 2014 to 2019

What is missing?

We might have been too quick and missed the National Health Commission. Can you find it? Please let us know if you do.

What is in it?

Page 13: NCDs burden of disease

Page 14: NDoH goal to prevent disease and reduce its burden, & promote health. Relate to National Development Plan goal 2030 ? prevalence of NCDs.

Page 19: Programme 2: NHI, planning & enablement

Develop and implement integrated monitoring & evaluation plan.

Sector-wide procurement very important for essential medicine and equipment access. EDL are revised on a 3 year cycle and available via book, web and cell phone application format available. The material is also peer reviewed. Medicines availability; a central chronic medicines dispensing and distribution network availability in order to improve access.

Page 24: Programme 3: HIV/AIDS, TB, Maternal & Child Health (includes child, youth and school Health sub-programme)

 

  • Strategic objective indicator cervical cancer screening 2013/14 baseline 55% coverage 2018/19 >70% coverage target.
  • HPV target by 2018/19 = >70% coverage.

 

Page 27: Primary health care (PHC) services (also includes district health services and communicable diseases.)

Health promotion subprogramme focus on implementing a mass mobilization strategy on healthy options. NCDs subprogramme includes mental health focus points:

  • ? NCDs risk factors
  • ? health systems and services for the detection and control of NCDs
  • ? service delivery platform for PHC focused eye care, oral health, care of elderly, rehabilitation, disability and mental health
  • Mental health ? awareness of- & ? stigmatization by sectoral collaboration
  • ? services to prevent disability by co-ordinated interdisciplinary services? decentralised integrated PHC services at clinic, community and district hospital level.

Page 29 & 30: Indicators and targets (2018/19)

  • NCDs % ? of obesity. Target: ? by 10% men to 21% and women to 55%
  • No. people counselled & screened & for high blood pressure & raised blood glucose with 5 million people target. Baseline not available.
  • No. people screened & treated for mental disorders. Target: 35%  prevalent population
  • No. districts implementing the framework and model for rehabilitation services. Target: 52 districts implementing (draft framework and model available 2013/14)
  • Cataract surgery rate. Target: 1700 cataract surgeries per million uninsured population (increase from 1000 2013/14)

Page 30: Resource considerations. The “spending focus (for this period)... will be on health promotion and the prevention of NCDs such as diabetes and hypertension.”

Page 31: Risk management Risk: under-resourced District Health System with mitigation strategy to ring fence the funding for district management and service provision.


 

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The Council for Medical Schemes legal assistance

Written by David Pinkney-Atkinson.

 

  • The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) in collaboration with ProBono.org will offer free legal assistance to those that need it the most. This legal assistance will provide legal relief for those that have a case before the CMS appeals board or committee cannot afford the legal costs.
  • Some of South Africa’s top legal firms have recognised the growing need for the services that Pro Bono offer and have shown an interest getting involved with a worthy cause. The legal assistance provided comes from private attorneys offering their time and expertise to give back to the greater community.
  • The legal services offered will not be available to everyone that applies for them. An expert team from the CMS and Probono.org will decided each case separately. The factors influencing whether a person receives the legal aid would be hardships faced, monetary costs, and condition of the person.
  • This means that those appearing before the committee will have the right to fair and equal representation even if they cannot afford to finance a case. A right everyone deserves but unfortunately available to so few.

 

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