The Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) advocates for equitable access to the basic conditions necessary to achieve Health For All South Africans. PHASA includes civil society, policymakers, NPO’s, business sector, health professionals and the Public Health Schools in South Africa.
As South Africa celebrates 25 years of democracy, the Public Health Association of South Africa returns to the friendly city of Cape Town, where the very first conference was held. This year we the fifteenth conference will reflect on the intersections between democracy and health, and the progressive realisation of health care in the country. South Africa’s Constitution has been the supreme law of the democratic nation, and entrenches our basic rights; including the right to have access to health care services. Despite the legislative, economic, social and cultural accomplishments since 1994, South Africa is facing a quadruple burden of diseases; increasing corruption; the grossly inequitable distribution of access between public and private health care sectors and governance crises in provincial health departments. These have seriously compromised the right to health care and many South Africans remain desperately deprived.
This year’s conference will focus on the status of health care since the dawn of democracy in South Africa and what we can do to move us closer to achieving the targets of the National Development Plan and the global Sustainable Developmental Goals by 2030, as well as achieving equity within universal health coverage.
Through this Conference and its other activities, the Association is working to increase recognition of the importance of maintaining and improving the health of populations by 2030 that is based on the principles of social justice, human rights, equity, evidence-informed policy and practice, and addressing the underlying determinants of health.
This year’s annual conference will take place in Cape Town during 16 – 18 September 2019