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Health Systems

  • Ended
  • 7 500 South African rand
  • Pitzer Road

Service Description

The aim of this course is to explore health systems, focusing on those in low- to middle-income countries. The course would be suitable for any health professional either working in or interested in health systems in developing countries. The need to understand, and to improve, health systems is well encapsulated by this quote from U.S. President Obama who stated: “We will not be successful in our efforts to end deaths from AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis unless we do more to improve the health systems around the world” (5 May 2009). The World Bank is also a key player in health systems: "In the era of sustainable development goals, the World Bank plays a pivotal role in promoting universal health coverage and strengthening health systems," from Universal health coverage, health systems strengthening, and the World Bank. The course is designed to help you: Understand the attributes of health systems, the role of leadership and governance, and the potential of Health Systems Strengthening. Understand the role of various forms of health financing and health insurance, with relevance for developing countries. Identify what is needed for quality improvement in patient care and health care systems, and the importance of health information to measure process and outcome. Explain the importance of the availability of essential drugs, procedures, vaccines and technology (using vaccines as a case study). Understand the importance of an adequate, well-trained, and well-performing health workforce. There are five (5) modules to complete, which include: Module 1: Health Systems - Their Attributes, Governance and Strengthening Module 2: Health Care Financing Module 3: Quality and Information Module 4: Case Study: Availability of Essential Drugs, Procedures, Vaccines and Technology Module 5: The Health Workforce Approximate time for completion of this course is 7 hours at an average reading rate of 144 words/minute.

Contact Details

  • 158 Pitzer Road, Glen Austin AH, Midrand, South Africa