Overview of the 2016 South African Health Review

Ashnie Padarath, Judith King, Emma-Louise Mackie, Julia Casciola


The Global Report on Urban Health: Equitable, Healthier Cities for Sustainable Development, issued in March 2016 by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), emphasises the need for enhanced governance and leadership to achieve universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals. Noting that a healthy population forms the foundation for ‘sustainable economic growth, social stability, and full realisation of human potential’, the report presents ‘practical, proven solutions for working across sectors to tackle these … health challenges’, and includes examples of such successes in South Africa.

Authors' affiliations

Ashnie Padarath, Health Systems Trust, Durban, South Africa

Judith King, Health Systems Trust, Durban, South Africa

Emma-Louise Mackie, Health Systems Trust, Durban, South Africa

Julia Casciola, Independent consultant, Cape Town, South Africa

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Non-communicable diseases; Sustainable development goals; Millennium development goals; Public health; Health policy; Human resources for health; Health systems; Health policy and legislation; Health indicators; Health financing; Healthcare; South Africa;

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South African Medical Journal 2016;106(7):655-657. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2016.v106i7.11033

Article History

Date submitted: 2016-05-11
Date published: 2016-06-17

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