Public-private interactions in the South African health sector


This research project examined inter-governmental relations in the health sector in South Africa. It focused on HIV/AIDS services but the intention was to use HIV/AIDS as a tracer or probe of broader health system functioning. The main objectives of the research were to describe what HIV/AIDS services are provided, how the different functions are allocated between government actors, and how they are then coordinated. The study was conducted in two parts. Phase 1 was completed in the second half of 2002 and provided a broad National Overview of HIV/AIDS activities in the national, provincial and local spheres of government. Phase 2 was done in early 2003 and consisted of detailed Case Studies from three different tracer municipalities. The research methodology was mainly qualitative and exploratory and included literature review, document analysis and key informant interviews. An output of the Local Government and Health Consortium, funded by Health Systems Trust and comprising Health Systems Trust, Centre for Health Policy and Health Economics Unit


Decentralising health services in South Africa: Constraints and opportunities Durban: Health Systems Trust, chp 6

Public-private interactions in the South African health sector

Published 4 December 2006