To strengthen the health system, the department needs to undertake a number of equally important initiatives. This includes the need to change health service delivery from a curative model to one that promotes cost-effective primary healthcare (PHC) as close to the community and households as possible. This must be supported by strong enhancements in management and supervision of facilities.
The department, with the help of key partners, will develop and implement a model for delivering PHC services that gives incentives for health promotion and disease prevention at the household and community level.
The department will determine the sphere of government that should be responsible for delivering PHC services and environmental health services at local level.
All PHC facilities will undergo quality assessments and accreditation processes.
The department will develop a policy framework that delineates the scope of services within PHC and the personnel that should form part of the PHC team.