A Health Promotion Foundation (HPF) Workshop was held on the 9th and 10th of November 2011 at Hill brow. The workshop was hosted by Soul City and the National Council against Smoking (NCAS). The purpose of the workshop was to alert all stakeholders of the significance of having a foundation that will oversee all health promotion activities in South Africa. A critical thinking session was held on the evening of the 9th with four panel members who were South African, Thai and Australian and it was attended by members of civil society, political parties and academics. The workshop and critical thinking session emphasized that this country needs a HPF because of the following reasons: (1) the quadruple burden of disease (non communicable diseases, communicable diseases including HIV and AIDS, violence and injuries, high infant and maternal mortality) that the country is facing; (2) the increased health costs irrespective of the emerging NHI; (3) a need to create evidence based practice for health promotion and disease prevention interventions; and (4) a need to strengthen an integrated health promotion approach which involves different sectors. The HPF will perform the following roles:
The outcome of the workshop was the establishment of a working group which will take forward the development of the Health Promotion Foundation in the coming two years with the help of government, the WHO and model countries such as Thailand and Australia (particularly the Vic-Health for the latter). Even though Soul city and NCAS were the organisers of the workshop, it was agreed upon that the working group should be formed by different stakeholders including civil society. PHASA will also be represented in the working group.
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