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Health Systems Trust

PO Box 808,

Durban, 4000

South Africa

Tel.: +27 31 3072954

Fax: +27 31 3040775



Health Systems Trust is a dynamic independent non-government organisation established in 1992 to support the transformation of the South African health system.

The Health Systems Trust supports the current and future development of a comprehensive health care system through strategies designed to promote equity and efficiency in health and health care delivery.

Their goals are to:

  • Facilitate and evaluate district health systems development.
  • Define priorities and commission research to foster health systems development.
  • Build South African capacity for health systems research, planning, development and evaluation.
  • Actively disseminate information about health systems research, planning, development and evaluation.
  • Encourage the use of lessons learnt from work supported by the Trust

The Health Systems Trust publishes the South African Health Review; the monthly HST Update, Kwik Skwiz (a brief for health service managers) and research reports of work commissioned and funded by the Trust.

One recent publication: Tuberculosis Control Programme: Implementing Proficiency Testing for TB Smear Microscopy in the Northern Province, South Africa Guidelines for Provincial or Regional Settings, should be of interest to all those concerned with TB Smear microscopy.

The Public Health Care Laboratory 2001 Gabriele Mallapaty

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