PHASA conference 2011 – Update May

The 2011 PHASA conference will be held in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa from 28-30 November 2011. The conference will bring together Public health practitioners from South Africa and the rest of Africa.

The conference theme is ‘Closing the health equity gap: Public health leadership, education and practice’ which is in line with the upcoming WFPHA conference  to be held in April 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference theme provides an opportunity for public health practitioners to discuss an important public health topic. The abstract submission deadline is fast approaching having been set for 4 July 2011.

The workshops are currently being finalised and promise to provide exciting public health debate. Marketing for the conference has already begun with the organising committee set to run media briefings monthly with the South African media which will include print media, television, radio stations and updates on social media, building up to the conference. The Vice President of the association kick started the marketing on 17th May by taking part in the debate on tobacco use among youth on SABC 1’s SHIFT programme highlighting a public health concern and building up to conversations that will be held at the conference.

Invitations have been sent to PHASA’s stakeholders that include among others: the African Public health associations, schools of public health in Africa and the NGO’s and government sectors.

The abstract writing workshops are also due to start and promise to be fun filled as they provide skills on how to write an abstract. These workshops will be held in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, and Cape Town.

All in all the conference preparations are on track with PHASA promising to host a conference that will be enjoyed by all.

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