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National Health Act, 2003 (Act No. 61 of 2003)


National Health Insurance Policy towards Universal Health Coverage

Chapter 6 : Reorganisation of the Health Care System and Services under NHI

6.2 Improving Leadership and Governance

6.2.2 District Health Management Offices (DHMOs)


163. Within the District Health System, the District Health Management Offices (DHMOs) will be strengthened to manage public health programmes. The DHMOs will be structures to which management, planning and coordination of non-personal health service provision responsibilities are delegated, taking into account national health policy priorities and guidelines as well as health needs in the district. The structure and functioning of the DHMOs will take into account the need to separate the function of the purchasing of personal healthcare services from the function of provision of health services.