Reflections on PHASA 2019: The Right to Health 25 years into our constitutional democracy

The annual conference of the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) took place in September in Athlone, Cape Town. The theme - The Right to Health: 25 years into our constitutional democracy - enabled reflections on both the gains of the past 25 years and the worrying failures and persistent issues that have not been overcome. This blog reflects on key themes in the conference discussions.

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Decoloniality

As CHESAI, we have spent some time exploring decoloniality and how we as researchers, teachers, activists and citizens can engage with this concept in our work and lives. In this blog, we share some of the key ideas we discussed and invite anyone interested to contribute to the discussion and share their perspectives.

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THE NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE LIBRARY

The NHI is an important step on South Africa's journey towards building a universal health system. This online library brings together a range of NHI relevant resources, making them readily accessible for those interested in learning more about the NHI reforms in South Africa. This is a growing archive put together by a group of health policy and systems researchers committed to improving the public health care sector. They have no political party affiliations.

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In search of health system strengthening algorithms

In the Daily Maverick of 16 October 2018, Mark Heywood wrote: “The greatest tragedy, though, is that when it comes to the cause of the (South African) health system’s sickness we have the diagnosis, we have the knowledge, we even have the resources. We also have a mountain of barely considered expert reports suggesting solutions. But we don`t have an algorithm between the problem and the solution”. This, our pursuit of the “HOW”, the algorithms between the problems and the solutions, was a shared quest with those at the 5th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, held in Liverpool, UK in October this year.

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