Leading public health NGO – Health Systems Trust (HST) – will from 4 to 6 May 2016 host an important conference at the Birchwood Conference Centre in Boksburg, Gauteng to examine the challenges facing the healthcare system in South Africa. More than 300 delegates are expected to attend, representing diverse stakeholders in all tiers of the health sector. Covering all aspects of South Africa’s healthcare system, the Conference programme provides a rich offering of presentations, interactive sessions, workshops and panel discussions across four main themes: overcoming the burden of disease; strengthening service delivery and access; better policy design, implementation and practice; sustainable development post-2015.
Among several issues likely to generate lively debate is the topical subject of universal health coverage in the context of the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI), the success of which will partly depend on efficient and equitable health systems. The Conference also comes at a time of significant global shift towards achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals. Discussion of these critical healthcare issues will play a key role in improving South Africa’s healthcare system and service delivery, and will contribute to the advancement of the global public health agenda.
Commenting on the rationale for the HST Conference, Dr René English, HST Director of Health Systems Research and the Head of the Conference Scientific Programme, said: “Dissemination of information is key for informing policy and for improved service delivery in our healthcare facilities. This HST Conference aims to contribute to the discourse of how better to configure the health system in order to reach the broader Sustainable Development Goals and other health-related goals by providing a platform for policymakers, academics and frontline health providers to engage and present their views, and to collectively craft feasible and appropriate evidence-informed solutions to improve health”
HST is calling on all media players to participate in this seminal forum. Whether you are interested in health reform, health policy, primary health care, public-private partnerships, health research or innovation, the Conference is a unique opportunity for journalists to gain invaluable insights and participate in improving South Africa’s health service delivery, and ultimately better health outcomes for all South Africans.
The Conference will be graced by a cross-section of influential practitioners, policy-makers, academics and other prominent individuals in the healthcare arena including:
Registration and accreditation
Registration is free for Media delegates, including access to all sessions, but a fee of R380 per delegate will be charged for attendance at the gala dinner.
Judith Annakie-Eriksen, Conference Co-ordinator and Communications Manager
Telephone: +27 (0)31 266 9090
The comprehensive conference programme can be viewed at www.hstconference2016.org.za.
Watch this video for the voices of of the 300+ delegates describing their expectations of the Conference:https://youtu.be/9Uae84qa1oM.
We look forward to seeing you at this foremost event.
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