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PHASA 2015 Conference: Health and Sustainable Development

The public health community of South Africa will link up at the 11th Public Health Association of South Africa’s (PHASA) conference from 7-9 October 2015 at the Southern Sun, Elangeni Hotel, in Durban.

The conference takes place at a time when the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) are being discussed and agreed upon at the UN General Assembly. Public health practitioners will present research on a number of key public health issues such as non-communicable and communicable disease, the social and cultural determinants of health, as well as environmental and occupational health. In addition there will be sessions on strategies to improve the delivery of community based and primary health care and improve the performance of the health sector.

Researchers will look for synergies in findings from past experience and research and current critical analysis to develop action plans that positively impact on individuals and communities and contribute to the success of global, international and national objectives and lower the burden of disease.

Two eminent public health practitioners will be awarded the PHILA life time achievement award. Both of them leave behind a legacy worthy of emulation by younger aspiring public health professionals.

The Junior Public Health Association of South Africa’s (JuPHASA) student symposium runs parallel to the workshops, and begins conference proceedings by presenting an opportunity to scout for young researchers striving to reach new frontiers, and to access ground breaking research underway in Africa and South Africa.

Conference delegates, media and the public can expect to engage with policy makers, public health academics, students, health professionals, health service managers, as well as individuals from non-governmental and community-based health organisations.

Delegates and speakers can also expect to interact with representatives from political parties such as the African National Congress (ANC), the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Front (EFF) who will participate in a panel discussion on “Solutions to SA’s health challenges.” This debate between politicians, academics and civil society aims to heighten interaction and public participation and is earmarked as an event not to be missed.

Below are some of the conference highlights we have identified. We urge you to consider all parts of the conference as they all appeal to fields outside of those mentioned in the highlights but are equally content rich.

Highlights:

  1. wHAT: Official opening of the conference, welcome reception and panel discussion: Challenges and successes in service delivery, training and public health research in KwaZulu Natal
    wHO: Mayor of eThekwini Municipality, Honourable Mayor Cllr James Nxumalo, and Dr Elizabeth Lutge. Panellists: Centre for the AIDS Programme Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), Dr Kogieleum Naidoo, KwaZulu Natal Office of the Premier, Dr Fikile Ndlovu, and Head of Department of Family Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Dr Bernard Gaede
    WHEN: 19h00 – 21h30, 7 October 2015
    WHERE: Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban.
  2. wHAt: PHILA Lifetime Achievement Awards
    who: Winners to be abnnounced
    WHEN: 19h00, 8 October 2015
    WHERE: Great Ilanga Room, Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel, Durban.
  3. wHAT: Solutions to SA’s health challenges plenary panel debate
    wHo: Deputy Shadow Minister of Health, and DA Member of Parliament (MP), Dr Heinrich Volmink, Section 27, Mark Heywood, National Planning Commission, Professor Hoosen ‘Jerry’ Coovadia, Health Portfolio Committee, EFF
    WHEN: 10h40 – 12h00, 9 October 2015
    WHERE: Great Ilanga Room, Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel, Durban.
  4. wHAT: Understanding health and resilience within the context of sustainable development, and tackling diseases of lifestyle in KwaZulu Natal, closing plenary
    wHo: Acting Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Sefako
    Makgatho Health Sciences University, Prof Lekan Ayo-Yusuf, and MEC, KwaZulu Natal, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo
    WHEN: 15h20-16h20, 9 October 2015
    WHERE: North, East & South Ilanga room, Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel, Durban.

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