JuPHASA: today’s health ambassadors, tomorrow’s guardians of SA’s health system

According to the World Economic Forum’s 2014 Global Risk Report, youth unemployment is at approximately 50% in South Africa (1). Imagine the improvement of service at public health clinics and hospitals, if we mobilised the help of unemployed youth in their communities? Envision what we could do for the esteem and energy levels of unemployed youth and overworked public health care staff? Not only could we be advancing the level of service at public health care facilities but we could provide young people with work experience for future employment.

At Junior Public Health Association of South Africa (JuPHASA) today’s health ambassadors are tomorrow’s health system guardians. Similarly, what youth activate now will impact the health system in the future.  Let’s tap into SA’s missing factor- ‘youth potential’.


JuPHASA is the brainchild of the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA). It’s a group of students and young people from multidisciplinary fields and universities who advocate for a healthier South Africa. 

We enhance the professional competencies of youth who are actively involved in improving health in South Africa. 

Additionally we live by PHASA’s code:

  • advocate for the conditions for a healthy society
  • work toward building an effective organisation
  • work toward creating a multi-disciplinary environment of professional exchange, debate on all platforms, study and activity through meetings, conferences and workshops for interested people
  • promotes teaching and research in public health issues
  • supports the publication of relevant materials
  • networks with other public health organisations
  • encourages and facilitate measures for disease prevention and health promotion

Indulge us for a little longer and answer the following questions:

  1. Do the above JuPHASA aims appeal to you?
  2. Do you want to make a change to the South African health landscape?
  3. Do you want to be at the frontline of ground breaking research?
  4. Do you want to leave behind a favourable health legacy?
  5. Do you want to find out more about Public Health?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above then we want to hear form you. Why?  Because you’re an excellent fit for JuPHASA.

How do I become a member?

Become a JuPHASA member on the PHASA website.  Once in, you have access to interact with other JuPHASA members. You can also plug into our online and social media platforms. Plus, join our events and workshops.

JuPHASA Student Symposium

Herewith, JUPHASA Junior Executive Committee (JEC) invites all youth interested in public health in South Africa to join them at the student symposium and meet SA’s key health investigators and specialist health practitioners.

Intersectoral JuPHASA Student Symposium

6 September 2014

Polokwane, Limpopo

The Protea Ranch Hotel

For a second time, this year’s student symposium aims to inspire students to action.  Like last year, students can expect motivational speakers and presentation of research results. After the presentations, a question and answer session allows students to contribute and critically analyse each other’s research. At last year’s student symposium, public health students from multiple universities across South Africa presented research on pivotal public issues such as the National Health Insurance.

The symposium allows for networking and forming of life long affiliations that aid future development in their respective health fields.  At the symposium, students will participate and share ideas on how to strengthen public health. The focus is to create a culture among students of efficient and committed leadership and to build the next resilient generation of health leaders.

At the end of the symposium, all students take part in nominating new candidates for the JuPHASA executive committee. The positions available for next year will be President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Public Relations Officer and Campus Coordinator. Moreover, all students present may nominate candidates. Prizes are given for the best abstract and best poster presentation. To crown the day’s deliberations, students will wind down together at the social.

How do I attend the conference?

To attend our student symposium visit the PHASA conference website www.phasaconference.org.za/. As an added bonus for attending the conference, all students and health professionals will receive Continuing Professional Development points (CPD) for attending. To stay in the loop and be inspired daily, become a member of our group on Facebook, like our page on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Finally, Student media are advised to contact Megan Harker at juphasa.communications@gmail.com.

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4 thoughts on “JuPHASA: today’s health ambassadors, tomorrow’s guardians of SA’s health system

  1. I would love to be a part of this todays health ambassadors tomows guidians of sa health system. Am a first year nursing student from cape peninsula university of technology

    1. Great! Please do by requesting membership here: http://www.phasa.org.za/special-interest-groups/juphasa/. Join our group in Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1424043494525518/ and like our page on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Junior-Public-Health-Association-of-South-Africa/515120101927612. I would like you to be our campus ambassador at CPUT. Please send me your email address: juphasa.communications@gmail.com and I’ll tell you more about it:)

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