n South African Medical Journal - Part II. Health and economic context : original article

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



This overview of South Africa's demographic profile, economic development and health system provides the context in which to view the situation of antibiotic access and resistance. It presents information on national health policy and governance, infrastructure and human resources. The presence and utilisation of these features within the health system are discussed in relation to access to essential medicines, with a particular focus on antibiotics.

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