PHASA advocates equitable access to the basic conditions necessary to achieve health for all South African as well as equitable access to effective health care. PHASA will work with other public health associations and related organisations and advocate on national and international issues that impact on the conditions for a healthy society.
The School of Health Systems and Public Health (SHSPH) was established in 1998 by the University of Pretoria to enhance its ability to engage one of society's most valued goals: health. The SHSPH was tasked with preventing diseases and promoting and restoring health. The SHSPH is a University-wide, "horizontal" School: it accesses and strengthens any area relevant to the health system and to public health. Its structure and functions are outcomes- oriented: a better health system and greater health that is more equally distributed. Its nature is, by definition, multidisciplinary; staff is recruited from many departments and faculties throughout the University, as well as from outside institutions and organisations.
The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) was established in 1969 with a mandate to improve the health of the country’s population, through research, development and technology transfer, so that people can enjoy a better quality of life. The scope of the organisation’s research projects includes tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular and non-communicable diseases, gender and health, and alcohol and other drug abuse. With a strategic objective to help strengthen the health systems of the country – in line with that of the Department of Health, the SAMRC constantly identifies the main causes of death in South Africa.