#i am public health

Saving lives. Reaching millions. Making a difference. These are some of the reasons why health workers choose South Africa’s public health system. AHP is launching a campaign called #iampublichealth to share the rewards of working in public health through the eyes of those in the public sector. Follow us on @AfricaDoctors to be inspired

#i am public health

Why you should work in public health

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No people = No healthcare

Sub-Saharan Africa experiences 25% of the global disease burden, but has only 3% of the world’s health workers. Rural areas bear the brunt. In South Africa almost half of the country's population lives in rural areas. Only 12% of the country's doctors work in rural South Africa.

No people = No healthcare

Where there are no health workers, there is no healthcare delivery

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Workforce planning

In an environment where clinical skills are scarce, it becomes critical to understand where health workers of particular skills can have the greatest impact on delivering quality health services.

Workforce planning

Ensuring rural healthcare workers make the greatest impact

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Be a hero! Work in rural health

Do you want to know what it is like to work in public health in rural South Africa? Watch this video that AHP shot at Bethesda Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal.

Be a hero! Work in rural health

Expand your horizons

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Retaining more health workers

AHP runs a Retention Programme in nine districts and one sub-district in seven provinces to address some of the underlying causes of the high attrition rates in South Africa’s rural healthcare facilities.

Retaining more health workers

Creating a sustainable workforce in rural areas

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  • HIV infections in children under five down by over three quarters: bit.ly/1nPCEoX
  • Study: ARVs have "no effect" on mortality for patients with higher CD4 counts in the short term: bit.ly/1r0teLd
  • SA's teens in HIV hell: bit.ly/1jSipwb
  • Free State healthcare workers march for Malakoane's head: bit.ly/1tUhOOx
  • North West doctors gear up for the NHI: bit.ly/1mQv9Sw
  • Breakthrough in HIV detection in newborns: bit.ly/WefTWd
  • WHO Recommends ARVs to Prevent HIV in Men Who Have Sex With Men: bit.ly/1n59ms7
  • Shocking – HIV returns in ‘Mississippi baby’ who had been ‘cured’ of HIV: bit.ly/1nwe9Si
  • Free State health under treasury care: bit.ly/1rkpZzj
  • DENOSA points out staff shortage in Eastern Cape:http://bit.ly/1n0XZkP