The Health Federation of South Africa (HFSA), formally launched in July last year as a multi-sectoral/stakeholder entity primarily to assist with the application of universal health care (UHC) requirements – with a focus on the implementation of National Health Insurance – has now been formally registered as a non-profit company and has already announced a series of activities and events planned for the year.

“The HFSA intends to work within a governance framework and will be asking the National Department of Health for a functionary that we can work with and will serve as a conduit to Government,” interim working committee chair, Prof Morgan Chetty, has told Med Brief Africa.

“To this end,” he added, “the HFSA is planning a meeting with the Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, after which we hope to confirm the ministerial expectations from this platform.”

First major HFSA project for the year will be a “Universal Health Care” mini-conference during the Africa Health Conference and Exhibition at Gallagher Estate, Midrand, on the morning of 13 May.

In addition to local stakeholder representatives, key speakers will be Prof Khama Rogo, World Bank Director for Africa, as well Africa Health Federation chair, Dr Amit Thakker.

Ass was the case last year when launched, the HFSA will preside over the first day of the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) Conference in Cape Town on 26 July when it will coordinate an UHC Conference with the BHF: “For this we will be reaching out to international speakers and the National Department of Health (NDOH).”

Acknowledging that the HFSA was now in a clear building phase and in discussion with a number of national organizations representing various stakeholders on joining the platform,

Chetty reiterated that the HFSA intends to work within a governance framework: “We will be asking the NDOH for a functionary with which we can work and serve as a conduit to Government.

“The intention is to have a trusting relationship created with the NDOH and work as true partners focused on the health of the country.”

SOURCE: Prof MN Chetty, HFSA