The Gauteng Department of Health (GDOH) has signed a Memorandum
of Understanding with medical schemes allowing for a public-private partnership
aimed at assisting the department to improve the health and wellness of state
This initiative is aimed at scaling up efforts to curb the
rising burden of mental health problems, lifestyle diseases and trauma through the
promotion and rollout of the Health, Wellness and Happiness (HWH) Programme.
The partnership will further assist and support the GDOH by sharing knowledge
on development and implementation of scalable interventions linked to the
Gauteng Provincial Health, HWH strategies, implementation plans and
measurements or impact tracking.
Medical schemes and administrators who are currently
partnering with the Department in this initiative are GEMS, Discovery Health,
Medscheme, and the Metropolitan Health Corporation. Through the Hospital
Association of South Africa (HASA), the GDOH is in the process of engaging
several private hospital groups to partner on various initiatives in addressing
the reduction of surgical backlogs and other areas of priority for the
Department, Health MEC, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa said.
“The parties will, as part of a provincial “Think Tank”,
advise or share ideas to craft and develop strategies for the HWH campaign and
ensure that relevant stakeholders and resources are availed to achieve its
objectives,” Ramokgopa said.
The three-year HWH campaign was launched in November last
year to address and reduce the growing disease burden in the province.
Ramokgopa says although there have been improvements in
accessing health services in Gauteng, much more still needs to be done in terms
of quality of care, making health promotion and prevention health services
available to all, and ensuring better health outcomes.