What are you doing about the health of the nation?

There have been some rumblings in the media lately about the Department of Health’s perceived lack of communication with the private sector about the impact of the proposed NHI.

I have been approached by journalists to comment, but readers of this blog will know that my view of the world does not embrace negativity. In my systems thinking modality, I seek to discover what is wrong with a view to finding what I can do to help fix things. I am motivated by finding solutions, and one of the ways that I do this is by adding value to the debate and helping to rectify the issues and or problems.

I have spoken often about a social compact with government to help address all the points on the DoH 10 point plan (remembering that only one of which is the NHI), I strongly suggest that we have many models that we can follow to find solutions that will work for everyone. The most relevant of these models is truly South African, such as Imbizo, Lekgotla and even Codesa.

What we need as a country is a health Codesa. We need true leaders to step up, as happened during our societal transformation from apartheid to democracy. I believe Aaron Motsoaledi is trying to achieve the same level of transformation in our overall health environment, and the same sort of broad scale transformational approach is needed.

We are poised for our own “Arab spring” unless we can deal with the issues exposed in Marikina and many other hotspots around the country, including the farms. We all should not forget that the poor man’s last weapon of defense and hope is violence. If we don’t work together we will all lose out.

What do we need?

  • A social compact
  • A health Codesa
  • Everyone to try to contribute to uplifting the needy and poor
  • All have a role to play and there are so many opportunities around the DoH’s 10 point plan

So, what are you going to do to make things better?

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One thought on “What are you doing about the health of the nation?

  1. Mental health is a major issue in South Africa. There are known researched causal links between theories that explain behavior and criminality, physical and mental health. In terms of many of these theories the South African population is extremely vulnerable to mental health issues and the growing numbers of people succumbing to mental disorders coupled with ongoing criminality in this county supports this. In spite of this mental health continues to remain a low priority for policy makers. The Alan J. Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health, a joint initiative of the Department of Psychology at Stellenbosch University and the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town is currently actively involved in this dilemma.

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