The future of Health for All in South Africa


Moderator: Vanessa Carter
Date: 4 September 2018
20:30 SAST | CAT
How to participate

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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 #PHASA2018 hashtag in all tweets so you are visible to others in the chat.

T1: What does Health for All mean to you?
T2: What barriers need to be overcome first before we can realise Health for All by 2030?
T3: What solutions do you think could help towards implementing a Health for All system?
T4: How do you think global and local economies are impacted without a Health for All approach?
Why do you think it matters?
CT (Closing Thoughts): Is there anything you feel is important to add to this conversation?

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


Video Credit: World Health Organization

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 10th – 12th of September 2018 in Parys.

For purposes of a recorded transcript we will use their registered hashtag #PHASA2018 instead of #hcsmSA and we invite all healthcare stakeholders including doctors, nurses, civil society, NPO’s, policymakers, payers, patient advocates, medical educators and students, pharma, startups, health IT experts, journalists etc. to join in and share their views about what Health for All means to them. The topic of this session will focus on the #PHASA2018 event theme which is Health for All (#HealthforAll) – Thinking Globally, Acting Locally.

Quite a lot has changed in the last 40 years, however, four decades since the 1978 signing of the International Alma Ata Declaration in Almaty, Kazakhstan meeting, the essential health needs of people through primary healthcare has once again been highlighted as a key to the attainment of “Health for All” by a rapidly expanding global movement. The Alma Ata Declaration was signed at a conference which called for urgent and effective national and international action to develop and implement primary health care throughout the world and particularly in developing countries in a spirit of technical cooperation and in keeping with a New International Economic Order [1].

During the intervening period between 1978 and 2018, we have seen a rise in the prominence of selective primary health care, economic recessions and debt crises in many countries. There have also been reasonable concerns about foreign aid declining significantly in many regions which could have a major impact towards inequality between and within countries.

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) means that all people and communities can use the promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services they need, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship.


This definition of UHC embodies three related objectives:

1. Equity in access to health services – everyone who needs services should get them, not only those who can pay for them.
2. The quality of health services should be good enough to improve the health of those receiving services.
3. People should be protected against financial-risk, ensuring that the cost of using services does not put people at risk of financial harm.

UHC is firmly based on the WHO constitution of 1948 declaring health aa a fundamental human right and on the Health for All agenda set by the Alma Ata declaration in 1978. UHC cuts across all of the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and brings the hope of better health and protection for the world’s poorest [2].

The 14th Annual Public Health Association of South Africa Conference will advance conversations and collaborations focusing on promoting new ways of financing health, delivering equitable services, engaging and developing a robust health workforce as well as promoting the development of civil or political alliances and innovative platforms for moving towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by following the vision of delivering integrated, people-centred health services in South Africa.

Healthcare social media hashtags and global communities related to Health for All:
#HealthforAll #HealthCareforAll #Health4All 


  1. What is the Alma Ata Declaration?
  2. What is Universal Health Coverage?

The chat session is open to everyone to participate, however, our panel experts bring a unique set of perspectives relating to the topic

Isobel Ndoro
ICT Expert –  Consultant Project Administrator. Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Advocate

Dr Moeketsi Modisenyane
Vice President: Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA)

Blessed Tabirwa
Health IT – Senior Programmer at Meditech South Africa

Michelle Matsangaise
Pharmacist (Academic intern) and Public Health Candidate (Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University – SMU)

Dr Marietjie Botes
Health Care and Life Sciences Law Expert in South Africa

Rene Sparks
Clinical Manager at the Networking HIV/AIDS Community of South Africa (NACOSA), registered Nurse and Public Health Student

Dr Atiya Mosam
Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA and WITS University)

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  10. Start answers with the relevant T’s and number for transcript purposes.
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  12. Both panel experts and attendees are invited to participate because everyone’s perspective counts.
  13. Use the hashtag (#hcsmSA) in all of your tweets or you won’t be visible in the chat.
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