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Title: Achieving the health Millennium Development Goals for South Africa: challenges and priorities
Authors: Chopra M; Mayosi BM; Tollman SM; Churchyard GJ; Coovadia H; the Lancet South Africa Team Collaborators (incl. Sitas F); Lawn JE; Sanders D; Barron P; Abdool Karim SS; Bradshaw D; Jewkes R; Abdool Karim Q; Flisher AJ
Categories: Cancer Control, Survivorship, and Outcomes Research - Health Services, Economic and Health Policy Analyses
Keywords: Africa; Health Transition; HIV Infections; Humans; Leadership; methods; mortality; National Health Programs; organization & administration; Politics; prevention & control; Cost of Illness; Primary Health Care; Public Health; Research; South Africa; statistics & numerical data; trends; Tuberculosis; Violence; Wounds and Injuries; epidemiology; Forecasting; Government; Health Priorities; Health Promotion; Health Services Needs and Demand; Health Status Indicators
Year: 2009
Journal Title: The Lancet
Volume: 374
Issue: 9694
Page number start: 1023
Page number end: 1031
Abstract: 15 years after liberation from apartheid, South Africans are facing new challenges for which the highest calibre of leadership, vision, and commitment is needed. The effect of the unprecedented HIV/AIDS epidemic has been immense. Substantial increases in mortality and morbidity are threatening to overwhelm the health system and undermine the potential of South Africa to attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). However The Lancet's Series on South Africa has identified several examples of leadership and innovation that point towards a different future scenario. We discuss the type of vision, leadership, and priority actions needed to achieve such a change. We still have time to change the health trajectory of the country, and even meet the MDGs. The South African Government, installed in April, 2009, has the mandate and potential to address the public health emergencies facing the country--will they do so or will another opportunity and many more lives be lost?
Programme: Cancer Causes
Division: Cancer Research Division
DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(09)61122-3
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