Health Systems Trust last week launched the South African Health Review 2018 aptly on Universal Health Coverage Day.

The publication focuses on human resources for health with a particular focus on innovative and practical solutions for ensuring adequate human resources in preparation for National Health Insurance.

The latest edition highlights the need for sustainable progress in ensuring the health sector is well-staffed in order to achieve universal health coverage.

Some of the main health systems issues that are covered in the 2018 edition include discussion on:

  • Quality improvement
  • Management of infectious and communicable diseases
  • Mental health
  • Increase in ‘obesogenic’ environments

The publication also includes an annual health indicator chapter, which includes visual infographic representations of key issues and trends. The Child Health chapter starts on page 191 and covers key indicators such as local immunisation, deaths of children U5 due to diarrhoeal disease, U5 mortality rates, etc.


Health Systems Trust (HST) is a non-profit organisation working to strengthen ongoing development of comprehensive health systems in southern Africa. It specialises in conducting health research, providing technical support, and information dissemination.

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