oa South African Health Review - Status of South Africa’s National Health Research System : a 2018 update - review

Volume 2018 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1025-1715



South Africa’s pursuit of universal health coverage requires contextualised scientific knowledge to guide the development of health system-strengthening strategies. Urgent concerted action is needed to strengthen the national health research system (NHRS), with a view to generating high-quality knowledge and promoting its utilisation in population health.

This chapter reports on a study that evaluated some aspects of South Africa’s NHRS which includes the computation of a NHRS barometer score.

The overall NHRS barometer score was 83.7% with indications that South Africa needs to address deficits in NHRS human and physical resources, and financing. However, the overall score for South Africa exceeds those of many other African countries, thus providing important lessons and opportunities for learning.

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