Join us for a 60-minute Twitter chat with our panel experts. All stakeholders locally and globally are welcome.
The public transcript will be recorded by Symplur.
T1: What changes would you like to see as South African public health enters the next 25 years?
T2: How do you think technology could advance public health in South Africa?
T3: Besides technology, what do you think could be done to improve our public health system?
T4: How can we achieve implementing changes like technology in public health with limited resources?
CT: (Closing Thoughts): Is there anything you feel is important to add to this conversation?
Start your answers with T1, T2, T3, T4 or CT for transcript purposes.
Answer only after the moderator prompts. Questions will be prompted every 10 minutes, but keep answers coming using the relevant T and number. Both panel experts and public attendees are encouraged to participate.
Use the #PHASA2019 hashtag in all tweets so you are visible to others in the chat.
Because partnerships form an integral part of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals Agenda (SDGs) through Goal 17, this month, hcsmSA will be supporting the Public Health Association of South Africa by using our 60-minute Twitter chat to promote their annual conference which takes place between the 16th – 18th of September 2019 in Cape Town.
For purposes of a recorded transcript we will use their registered hashtag #PHASA2019 instead of #hcsmSA and we invite all healthcare stakeholders including doctors, nurses, civil society, NPO’s, policymakers, payers, patients, medical educators and students, pharma, startups and entrepreneurs, health IT experts, journalists etc. to join in and share their views. The topic of this session will focus on the #PHASA2019 event theme which is “Celebrating 25 years of Democracy.”
Video credit: SABC digital news
South Africa is hailed as one of the leading economies on the African continent, with one of the most liberal and celebrated constitutions in the world. This year, South Africa celebrates 25 years of democracy after apartheid, a systematic discriminatory form of governance that benefitted white South Africans and subordinated Black South Africans.  However, despite our progress, South Africa’s public health system still suffers from gross inequalities.
Increasing evidence from scientists the world over indicates that many health outcomes — everything from life expectancy to infant mortality and obesity — can be linked to the level of economic inequality within a given population. 
South Africa’s Constitution has been the supreme law of our democratic nation and entrenches our basic rights; including the right to have access to health care services. Despite the legislative, economic, social and cultural accomplishments since 1994, South Africa is facing a quadruple burden of diseases; increasing corruption; the grossly inequitable distribution of access between public and private health care sectors and that the governance crises in provincial health departments have seriously compromised the right to health care and many South Africans remain desperately deprived.
As South Africa enters the fourth industrial revolution in sectors like education (Industry 4.0 / 4IR) , it remains imperative that these disparities in our health systems are also addressed next to policy, infrastructure and funding resources. On the 25th of July 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the Presidential Health Compact Document to start this process of health reform as a foundation for implementing the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHI) . Download a copy of the compact document here: Presidential_Health_Compact (002)
In this chat, we invite you to share your views around what you think the next 25 years of public health should become if issues like inequality are addressed, as well as how you think that could be achieved. The session is open to everyone and we will be recording the transcript using the hashtag #PHASA2019 so remember to include it in all your tweets.
Healthcare social media hashtags and global communities related to Health for All:
#HealthforAll #Health4All #UniversalHealthCoverage #UHC #PublicHealth #GlobalHealth
The chat session is open to everyone to participate, however, our panel experts bring a unique set of perspectives relating to the topic
Moeketsi Modisenyane – @moeketsimodise1
President of the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) and Director of International Health and Development at the National Department of Health.
Rene Sparks – @rene_sparks
Rene Sparks is a Clinical Manager at the Networking HIV/AIDS Community of South Africa (NACOSA), a registered nurse and a Masters in Public Health student. She is passionate about making an impact on South African health and civil society and is involved in various public and private health programmes including primary healthcare training, clinical support and community systems strengthening.
Idon-Nkhenso Sibuyi – @IdonNkhenso
Paul Andile – @PaulAndile2
- Chats are public. Even if you use a platform like tchat.io, they still show on your timeline. Think before you tweet! Read more about maintaining a good digital footprint here.
- Please respect other members of the community and show courtesy at all times.
Refer to the Twitter Terms and Conditions of use. Disrespectful behaviour can be reported.
- Don’t be afraid to lurk, although participation is always encouraged, even if the topic is not within your expertise, your voice matters.
- Visit www.symplur.com to check out the analytics and transcript which is open to the public.
- If you don’t understand a question from the moderator, don’t be afraid to speak up and ask for clarity!
- Use this opportunity to network with other stakeholders and follow them on Twitter.
- When entering the Twitter chat, first introduce yourself and tell other members what you do so they get to know you.
- If you agree with a members perspective in a chat, go ahead and retweet (RT) them to show you support their idea.
- The chat runs for 60 minutes, but you can join in at any time.
- Start answers with the relevant T’s and number for transcript purposes.
- Answer each question after the moderator prompts but keep answers coming even if we move onto the next one. We don’t want to miss out on your views!
- Both panel experts and attendees are invited to participate because everyone’s perspective counts.
- Use the hashtag (#hcsmSA) in all of your tweets or you won’t be visible in the chat.
- More information about how to participate in a Twitter chat can be read here