National Public Health Institute of South Africa Bill [B16 – 2017]

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Health

The Portfolio Committee on Health invites you to submit written comments and indicate interest in making an oral submission on the National Public Health Institute of South Africa Bill [B16 – 2017].

The objective of the Bill is to provide for the establishment of the National Public Health Institute of South Africa in order to coordinate, and where appropriate to conduct, disease and injury surveillance; to provide for specialised public health services, public health interventions, training and research directed towards the major health challenges affecting the population of the Republic; and to provide for matters connected with it.

Public Hearings will be held on 1517 August 2017, in Parliament, Cape Town.

In addition to the written comments, please indicate your interest in making a verbal presentation.

Comments can be emailed to Ms Vuyokazi Majalamba at vmajalamba@parliament.gov.za by no later than Friday, 28 July 2017

Enquiries can be directed to Ms Vuyokazi Majalamba on tel (021) 403 3770 or cell 083 709 8522

Issued by MP Dunjwa, Ms ML; Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Health.


Background
The Bill seeks to establish the National Public Health Institute of South Africa (‘‘the NAPHISA’’) as a juristic person. The aim of the NAPHISA is to coordinate and, where appropriate, to conduct disease and injury surveillance and provide specialised public health services, public health interventions, training and research directed towards the major health challenges affecting the population of the Republic. There are pockets of excellence of communicable and non-communicable disease surveillance systems in South Africa. These systems are managed by different institutions and there is a lack of unified institutional capacity for providing coordinated and integrated disease and injury surveillance data. The NAPHISA will be used as a vehicle to provide coordinated and integrated disease and injury surveillance data in the Republic and to enhance the effectiveness of health systems