The Public Health Association of South (PHASA) and its annual conference delegates, meeting in Durban from the 11th to 14th September 2022, and reflecting on public health resilience and recovery as we embrace our post-COVID-19 pandemic world; call on the government, healthcare providers, non-health sectors, and health care partners, to individually and collectively commit to rebuilding our society and health system to deliver universal health care and prioritise improved health outcomes for all. We recognise the accentuation of existing global health inequities during the COVID-19 pandemic, the existential threat of the climate crisis to the health, and the urgent need for universal health coverage, including affordable, quality health care services for all people regardless of their ability to pay for it.