HST Conference 2016

Health Systems Trust (HST) hosted a conference from 4-6 May 2016 at the Birchwood Conference Centre, Boksburg, Gauteng.  Under the banner of Strengthened health systems for sustainable development: sharing, supporting, synergising, the event was designed to advance the global public health agenda in improving health outcomes.  

The three-day conference provided a forum for delegates to exchange ideas, develop support mechanisms for common challenges, and foster synergies between interested groups. 

Conference tracks

Track 1 - Overcoming the burden of disease

  • Meeting infectious disease targets, including 90-90-90
  • Maternal, neonatal, child and women’s health
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Injuries and violence

Track 2 - Strengthening service delivery and access

  •  Enhancing quality improvement and assurance
  •  Attaining Ideal Clinic realisation and maintenance and PHC re-engineering
  • Strengthening the health system building blocks: service delivery; finance; human resources; health information; health technology and pharmaceuticals; leadership and governance
  • Improving community involvement

Track 3 - Better policy design, implementation and practice

  • Promoting evidence-based methods and approaches for policy-making, implementation and monitoring and evaluation
  • Systems thinking; action research
  • Public–private partnerships

Track 4 - Sustainable development post-2015

  • Social determinants of health
  • Stronger intersectoral collaboration
  • Health in the sustainable development agenda and the unfinished business of the MDGs

Participation was open to all those who work in and around South Africa’s health system, especially district- and facility-based healthcare workers and community members of facility governance structures. 

Sessions took the form of oral and poster presentations, moderated round-table discussions and workshops, and various spaces for formal and informal networking will be available. The means and methods of knowledge-sharing also included storytelling, dance and different forms of interactive and participatory exchange.  

Please click here to read the Conference Report. 

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