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About the Conference

Health Systems Trust (HST) will host its second conference from 9 -11 May 2018 at the Birchwood Conference Centre, Boksburg, Gauteng.  The theme of the 2018 conference, Re-imagining Health Systems towards Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals places sustainable development at the forefront of the public health agenda.  

The three-day conference will convene healthcare workers from the public and private sectors as well as policy and decision makers, civil society groupings and academics. It will provide a platform for sharing and exchange of lessons and best practices, establish learning networks and foster discussion of national and global health challenges towards realising the SDGs.

The 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development launched at the end of 2015 commits to leave no one behind and calls for integrated and inclusive approaches to build better systems for the health and well-being of populations. Improving the performance of health systems to meet the global and national priorities of Universal Health Coverage and National Health Insurance is underpinned by   supporting policies and services that address the wider social and environmental determinants of health. To achieve this transformative agenda new and innovate ways of working and thinking within the health sector are required through strengthened partnerships and collaborations across sectors and communities.

The HST conference will provide an opportunity to discuss challenges faced and solutions adopted at various levels in the health system towards achieving the transformative SDG agenda. In the spirit of leaving no one behind we invite all stakeholders to take part in this conference.

The objectives of the conference are to: 

  • Create a platform for sharing knowledge and experiences on health systems strengthening against the backdrop of current and emerging national health priorities and the sustainable development goals.
  • Provide an opportunity for frontline healthcare workers to engage with policy- and decision-makers and other stakeholders in South Africa's public health sector; and
  • Facilitate pooling of knowledge around challenges, solutions, evidence of impact, good practices and emerging innovations, for advocacy, replication and scale-up.

Who should attend?

The HST Conference 2018 is designed to be an inclusive gathering by drawing in diverse participants and sources of knowledge with a shared vision of finding solutions to improve health systems and the nation's health.  ​

Therefore the Conference is open to all those who work in and around South Africa's and the region's health system, including:

  • Policy makers and decision makers within the national, provincial and district health department structures
  • District- and facility-based healthcare workers
  • Non-profit and community based organisations, and community members of facility governance structures.
  • Public health researchers, educators and schools of public health
  • Private health sector
  • Inter-sectoral government departments
  • Media