Invitation to S.A. National Health Assembly 5 & 6 July

The People’s Health Movement S.A. is hosting the South African National Health Assembly (NHA) in alliance with the National Health Insurance Coalition (NHI).  

With a quadruple health burden and failing health systems there is a health crisis in South Africa. As concerned citizens this is a reality that we are well aware of. The Department of Health has proposed a 10-point plan to transform the health system, one of which is the National Health Insurance. The NHI is in need of civil society engagement and citizen participation. This is a great opportunity to participate and learn and engage around how this process will affect you, your colleagues and our health system. It is also an ideal space to make inputs into how you see the NHI working and to place your best ideas on the table for discussion.

PHM is aiming to facilitate this engagement and re frame the mainstream discussion around the NHI while working to achieve universal coverage in South Africa. 

Who will be attending:  Participants will include grassroots activists from communities around South Africa, policy makers, interested citizens, government officials and interested delegates from countries with active PHM circles (such as India, Thailand and Latin America) who are interested in taking part in the NHA.

When: The National Health Assembly will take place from 8.30 am – 6.30 pm on Thursday July 5th and from 8.30 am – 1.30pm on Friday July 6th. The opening ceremony for the Global People's Health Assembly 3 begins on afternoon of the 6th.

Where: The National Health Assembly & The People’s Health Assembly will take place at the University of the Western Cape in Belleville, Cape Town, South Africa.

What: The upcoming National Health Assembly and the Global People's Health Assembly 3 are respectively intended to play a catalytic role in rebuilding, re-energizing and unifying health civil society in South Africa and the broader global health community. Using the proposed NHI as a platform, the National Health Assembly is thus an ideal event from which to build momentum and mobilise civil society engagement in the NHI process and towards universal coverage in South Africa. 

Overall objective of the NHA

To mobilise a mass movement promoting the right to Health for All and a progressive National Health Insurance.

Specific objectives:

  • Agree among health activists on an agenda and priorities for building universal access to quality health care in South Africa;
  • Build a coalition of health and social justice organisations that can work together towards realizing this agenda;
  • Plan a campaign to realize the agenda and priorities agreed by the NHA;
  • Assess plans for the NHI and agree on a way forward to ensure that it realises the fundamental rights to health of all through a progressive Primary Health Care approach;
  • Examine specific health issues in SA, including primary care, disability, sexual & reproductive justice, food security and others;
  • Consider ways to assist with the implementation of other aspects of the government’s 10-point plan with particular attention to those areas where civil society has key roles to play.

Workshop & Plenary sessions:

The assembly will begin each day with a 2 hour plenary. On July 5th, participants will have the opportunity to select which sessions they would like to attend under the below themes. These will be facilitated by PHM but hosted by partner organisations and groups involved in the NHI Coalition.

National Health Assembly Themes:

  • Social Determinants of Health (e.g. food, sanitation, water, work conditions)
  • Equitable and Comprehensive Health Care
  • Political and Economic Implications for Health System Transformation

How: To register, complete the registration form and send to

OR register online

Registration Fees (Includes Access to Sessions, AGM & Lunch on two days)

Standard Fee: R100.00     Student Fee: R60     Unemployed: Exempt.  

Anyone  who would like to attend and cannot afford to pay, can apply for exemption.

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Note that PHASA members are also welcome to the AGM. Please see the agenda of the AGM as well as the minutes of the previous AGM.

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