Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi will today sign an agreement
with eight other government ministers who he expects to help him
tackle the country's health crisis.
The agreement states that improving health in South Africa "is a
responsibility that cuts across a number of sectors".
Ministers of higher and basic education, water affairs, social
development, agriculture, rural development, correctional
services and public service are seen as "critical partners" who
will sign the agreement with Motsoaledi's provincial health
The higher education ministry is expected to train more doctors
and particularly nurses.
Water Affairs will have to commit to provide clean water to
prevent water-borne diseases such as cholera and typhoid, while
Correctional Services is expected to implement HIV/Aids and TB
programmes in prisons, while Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
will have to improve food security.
Motsoaledi needs all the help he can get to achieve outcome
number two - a "long and healthy life for all" - of the cabinet's
Programme of Action signed in July.
The most recent statistics show that the number of deaths in
South Africa doubled in 10 years, from 317131 in 1997 to 612462
Motsoaledi's Negotiated Service Delivery Agreement narrows the
health minister's original Ten Point Plan of key priorities down
to four health outputs:
* Increasing life expectancy.
* Decreasing maternal and child mortality.
* Combating HIV and Aids and decreasing the burden of diseases
* Strengthening health system effectiveness.
The agreement includes annual targets for the next four years.