n South African Medical Journal - Are community service doctors equipped to address priority health needs in South Africa? : editorial
|Article Title||Are community service doctors equipped to address priority health needs in South Africa? : editorial|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Medical Journal|
|Affiliations||1 University of Cape Town and 2 Stellenbosch University|
|Publication Date||Dec 2013|
The social accountability of institutions which train doctors has attracted increasing attention in recent years. In this context, the World Health Organization (WHO) defines social accountability as 'an obligation to direct education, research and service activities towards addressing the priority health concerns of the community, region and/or nation they have a mandate to serve.' While the 'social accountability debate' has gained considerable momentum, the essential healthcare needs of rural and/or underserved communities continue to be inadequately addressed globally. Unfortunately, the situation in South Africa (SA) is no different.
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