n South African Medical Journal - Are community service doctors equipped to address priority health needs in South Africa? : editorial




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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