District Health Barometer 2018/19

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Author: Naomi Massyn
Health Systems Trust

Author: Peter Barron
Health Systems Trust

Author: Candy Day
Health Systems Trust

Author: Noluthando Ndlovu
Health Systems Trust

Author: Ashnie Padarath
Health Systems Trust

Author: Amelia Hilgart
SAEON, 56 Florence Street, Colbyn, Pretoria, 0083, Email: Amelia@SAEON.ac.za

Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 South Africa (CC BY-NC 3.0 ZA)

Publisher: South African Environmental Observation Network : 2020


RightsHolder:  Health Systems Trust
HST - 1 Maryvale Road, Westville, 3630, South Africa
Other:  National Department of Health (NDoH)
Civitas Building, Cnr Thabo Sehume and Struben Streets, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa
Distributor:  SAEON uLwazi Node


The data are a reformatted version of the 2018/19 District Health Barometer (DHB) health indicator dataset provided by the HST. The intention of this publication was to provide an overview of the delivery of selected healthcare services in the public health sector across the provinces, districts and local municipalities/sub-districts of South Africa. The DHB has been an annual publication since 2005. The main focus of the 2018/19 publication is the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)a and the Universal Health Coverage (UHC)b index. Data are drawn from the electronic District Health Information Software (WebDHIS), the Ideal Clinic Realisation and Maintenance system, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) surveys, the National Treasury Basic Accounting System (BAS), the Personnel Administration (PERSAL) system, the TIER.Net for Tuberculosis (TB) and antiretroviral (ART) data, the Electronic Drug-resistant Tuberculosis Register (EDRWeb), the National Income Dynamics Study (NiDS), and other National Department of Health (NDoH) information systems. The publication seeks to highlight inequities in health outcomes, health-resource allocation and health delivery, and to track the efficiency of health processes, across all provinces and districts. Modifications were made to the data table provided in line with Hadley Wickem`s `tidy data` standards for statistical research (10.18637/jss.v059.i10). The dates of the indices were also standardised to represent a single year in the YYYY format and a column of municipal codes was allocated to each row in line with the coding from the South African Municipal Demarcation Board. Lastly, centroids of the political areas described (national, provincial, district municipal, and local municipal areas) were added as applied in a final column.


Local: 8178e0cb1f178f8aebdd137f2447a539
Identifier Type:  DOI
Identifier: 10.15493/SARVA.080420

SANS 1878

Coverage begin date:  2007
Coverage end date:  2019