South Africa faces a national health crisis. Some of the most important features of this crisis are the very high burden of disease, enormous disparities in health and its social determinants, deep inequities between public and private sectors, a crisis in human resources for health, lack of leadership and accountability in management, and weak mechanisms for community participation in health. While the National Health Insurance policy was proposed to meet some of these challenges, the details of the policy remain unclear and its full implementation is a long way off. The national health crisis highlights the need for civil society to link up, build coalitions and develop a coherent movement for health in South Africa.
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Anneleen De Keukelaere, Associate Coordinator – People’s Health Movement South Africa: Anneleen@phm-sa.org