Winning missive on health centre’s role

Congratulations to Matokgo Makutoane from Northriding in Johannesburg, whose letter in last week's health supplement was voted the best explanation of what our new health journalism centre, Bhekisisa, should be doing. 

"Journalists should communicate complex health topics in a way that people who are unfamiliar with the medical jargon will easily understand," Makutoane wrote. "Information published must be up to date, evidence-based and include expert opinions of survivors." 

Three finalists' letters were ­published and 85% of our voting readers chose Makutoane's. She wins a one-year digital subscription to the Mail & Guardian.

On the evening of April 18 we will be formally launching Bhekisisa at the Hyatt Regency in Rosebank. At the event, we will also host a critical thinking forum on the National Health Insurance system in partnership with AfroCentric Health and Medscheme. 

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi will be on the panel, along with Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa chair Desmond Kegakilwe and Medscheme chief executive André Meyer. The forum will be moderated by the dean of the faculty of health sciences at the University of Pretoria, Eric Buch. 

The question the panel will address is: "With the imminent release of the white paper, what kind of National Health Insurance would transform the rural health system and what will the role of private providers and funders be?"

If you would like more information, email us at [email protected] or RSVP to Trudy-Lee Rutkowski at [email protected]


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