With this publication the RHAP launches the Annual Community Service Officer Update ‘ACUTE’ on the allocation of community service officers in South Africa. The purpose is to monitor whether the country is making progress with regards to meeting the intended purpose of community service which is to address the maldistribution of human resources for health, in particular in rural areas. It follows RHAP’s rural health update “Community Service Medical Officer Allocations 2017: Salt in an open wound” which was released in December 2016. This first issue of the Annual Community Service Barometer covers the data that we could access for the North West Province, as of 9 January 2018 and the placements provided to us for the Eastern Cape (unknown round). While the final numbers for the Eastern Cape may have changed after multiple rounds, the distribution data in this update provides an indication of the placement trends.
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