Conference Theme 

Main Theme

Keeping the promise: closing the gap


Health and Wellbeing
South Africa is signatory to the United Nation’s (U.N.) SDGs, which reflects the county’s pledge to achieving peace and prosperity for all in the country. SDG 3 makes the commitment of ensuring healthy lives and promoting the wellbeing of all at all ages, as we work to achieve improved health outcomes, including reducing premature mortality from non-communicable diseases, decreasing maternal mortality, ending preventable mortality of new-borns and children under 5 years of age, and achieving the 90:90:90 targets to help end the AIDS epidemic. Are we achieving these goals, what is being done, and what can be done, to enhance implementation of the relevant strategies to improve these population health outcomes?

Universal Health Coverage
Universal health coverage is central to our time and to the public health response, since better health outcomes are, first and foremost, about addressing inequities. It is also conveyed in the pledge to achieve the targets of SDG 3.8, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and equal access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines. Evidence that health coverage has truly become universal will be the realisation of improved health and the elimination of the unacceptable inequality in health outcomes among the most marginalized populations. Are we on track to realise UHC, and what can be done to accelerate progress in the country?

Sustainable cities and communities
The ways in which people live, play and work affects their short- and long-term health. Multiple health determinants lie outside of the health sector and intersectoral collaboration is essential to address these. It is expected that by 2050 over 75% of the world's population will live in cities, and Sub-Saharan Africa has been identified as the fastest urbanising region globally; facing a proliferation of informal settlements and health risks, including air pollution, increased intake of salt and sugar, and behavioural risks such as substance abuse and sedentary lifestyles. SDG 11 reinforces the intent to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable; which is critical to promoting population health. Can we achieve this goal, and what innovations and collaborations will help in our local contexts?

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Sub-Theme Categories

Health and Wellbeing Universal Health Coverage Sustainable cities and communities Other
Communicable Diseases Health financing Urban Health If your topic does not appear to fit in in any of the above categories but does fit with the overall conference theme, please include it in the ‘Other’ category.
Non-Communicable Diseases Service Delivery systems Rural Health
Mental Health Healthy public policies Migration and Health
Youth Health Human Resources for Health Human rights
Gender And Health Health Information and Technology Health equity
Social Determinants Of Health Health Leadership Environmental Health
Health Promotion And Prevention Quality of Health Care Climate Change
University of Pretoria
South African Medical Research Council