n South African Journal of Child Health - Policy and planning, implementation and outcome : editorial




In 1978 the Alma Ata Conference on Primary Health Care formulated many of the policies that form the cornerstone of public health programmes in numerous countries, including South Africa. In his 'Hot Topics' commentary on the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) that was announced approximately 18 months ago, Saloojee stated that existing excellent child health policies had not been successfully transformed into measurable actions and outcomes so far. Despite much evidence of outstanding individual care for children able to access the health service, our national child health indicators remain appallingly poor in comparison with countries with equivalent resources.


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