Welcome

The South African Child Health Priorities Association invites you to attend the ninth PRIORITIES IN CHILD HEALTH conference to be held at the School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand Medical School, Parktown, Johannesburg from 29 November – 1 December 2018.

The theme for the meeting is “Survive, Thrive, Transform? Let’s get real!

Attendance at the conference is encouraged by doctors, nurses and other practitioners within the health service; academics; national, provincial and local health department staff; international and national child health related organisation representatives; non-governmental organisation representatives and individual child health practitioners and advocates.

The forthcoming conference will focus on transforming the child health agenda in South Africa and the actions and activities required to do this. The programme will include sessions on:

  • Defining the “Transform” agenda
  • Improving hospital care for children
  • Re-envisaging the role of district clinical specialist teams
  • Bringing community health workers to the fore
  • Delivering effective primary health care services for children

The private sector

  • Immunisation
  • The education and training of future child health practitioners in South Africa
  • Advancing child health policies and programmes through a rights based approach
  • Child Health advocacy and leadership
  • Research presentations
  • Quality Improvement projects

The South African Child Health Priorities Association will host the conference, which will bring together expert South African and international speakers. The conference has been made possible by support from UNICEF.

Conference Organising Committee

National:Haroon Saloojee (convener), Wiedaad Slemming, Yin Yin Aung, Elizabeth Maseti, Neil McKerrow, Maria Mokwena, Mary Morgan, Mukondeleli Muavha, Jenny Nash, Mariame Sylla, Chantell Witten,

Local committee:Wiedaad Slemming, Juliet Nyasulu, Shirley Cherane

Conference Programme

The conference programme will include invited speakers (plenary sessions), interactive panel discussions (round tables) and original research and quality improvement project presentations.

The aim is to interrogate issues in detail through panel discussions and audience participation rather than didactic (formal) presentations.

The conference programme will feature leading South African experts in child and public health.

The provisional programme is subject to change and details of speakers will be available from the Priorities in Child Health website as the conference approaches.

Child Health Priorities Conference 2018 – Day 1

Day 1: Thursday, 29 November 2018 
08.00 - 10.00Registration
10.00 - 10.15Opening and Welcome
10.15 - 11.00Keynote Address:
"Transform - What does it mean?"
Facilitator: Dr Mariame Sylla (UNICEF)

Prof Anthony Costello (via Skype)
Former Director, Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health, World Health Organisation

Dr Yogan Pillay
Deputy Director General: Strategic Programmes, Mother and Child Health, HIV and TB, National Department of Health
11.00 - 12.30Improving quality within dysfunctional systems

Improving hospital care for children

What are key barriers to good hospital care for children?

What examples of successful interventions are there and what enabled these to happen?

Is setting norms and standards effective and are they achievable?

Can an accreditation programme improve service delivery?

What are priority interventions for improving hospital care for neonates, infants and children?
Facilitator: Prof Haroon Saloojee

Prof Minette Coetzee
Head: Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative, University of Cape Town

Dr Vanessa Comley
Paediatrician: Stanger Hospital, Kwa-Zulu Natal

Dr Anne Robertson
Principal paediatrician, Limpopo Health Department

Prof Anthony Westwood
Head: General Paediatrics, Metro West Geographical Service area, Department of Health, Western Cape
12.30 - 13.30Lunch
13:30-15:00Re-directing primary health care re-engineering
Re-envisaging the role of district clinical specialist teams (DCSTs)

Are DCSTs a success story?

What has prevented DCSTs reaching optimal functionality?

What conceptual or structural changes are required to optimise DCST performance?

What is the future of DCSTs?

Facilitator: Prof Lesley Bamford

Prof Ute Feucht
Paediatrician: District Clinical Specialist Team, Tshwane District, Gauteng

Dr Shuaib Kachauli
Paediatric consultant, National Department of Health

Dr Carol Marshall (via Skype)
Specialist, National Department of Health

Dr Romola Naidoo
Paediatrician: District Clinical Specialist Team, Ugu District, KwaZulu Natal

Dr Jenny Nash
Family Practitioner: District Clinical Specialist Team, Amathole District, Eastern Cape
Comfort Break
15:15-16:45Re-directing primary health care re-engineering
Community health workers to the fore

What is the state of ward-based outreach teams in the country?

How is the maternal and child component of care being delivered?

What examples of successful WBOTs performance are there? What enabled these to happen?

How can ward based outreach teams deliver on their promise for maternal and child health care?
Facilitator: Dr Jenny Nash

Ms Jeannette Hunter
Deputy Director General for Primary Health Care, National Department of Health

Prof Jane Goudge
Director, Centre for Health Policy, University of the Witwatersrand

Dr Cecilie Jensen
Clinical Manager, Zoe-Life

Mr Hlologelo Malatji
SARCHi PhD Fellow, University of the Witwatersrand

Ms Faith Mambulu
PhD Fellow, University of the Witwatersrand
Day 2: Friday, 30th November 2018 
7:30- 8:00Registration
08:00-09:30Re-directing primary health care re-engineering
Delivering effective primary health care services for children

What do we know about the delivery of primary care services to children in South Africa?

How does the health system impact on IMCI delivery?

Is the Ideal Clinic initiative relevant to paediatrics and child health?

Is a single prescribed model of care delivery (such as IMCI) appropriate?

What is the future of IMCI in SA?

How can our current models of primary care delivery be enhanced?

Facilitator: Prof Anthony Westwood

Prof Lesley Bamford
Specialist: Child and Youth Health, National Department of Health

Dr Christiane Horwood
Researcher, Centre for Rural Health, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal

Dr Sandy Picken
PACK Child, Knowledge Translation Unit, University of Cape Town

Dr Himani Pandya
Researcher, Division of Community Paediatrics, University of the Witwatersrand

Dr Deirdre Pansegrouw
Paediatrician: District Clinical Specialist Team, ILembe district, Kwa-Zulu Natal

Prof Haroon Saloojee
Head: Division of Community Paediatrics,
University of the Witwatersrand
09h30-11h00Re-directing primary health care re-engineering
Private sector: who is accountable?

What is the private sector’s role in universal health coverage?

Can the private sector be held accountable for protecting children’s health?

What relevance do the findings of the Competition Commission market inquiry into the private healthcare sector have for children?

What lessons have been learned from the sugary drinks tax effort, and what are its implications for other industries?

Who is responsible for holding the private sector to account, and what are the mechanisms for doing so?

Facilitator: Dr Atiya Mosam

Prof Sharon Fonn
Independent expert, Competition Commission Market Inquiry into the Private Healthcare Sector

Dr Errol Gottlich
Paediatric Nephrologist in Private Practice; Manager, Discovery Health KidneyCare Programme


Dr Simon Strachan
Paediatrician and past chair of Paediatric Management Group

Ms Aviva Tugendhaft
Deputy director, PRICELESS SA
11:00-11:30Comfort Break
11:30-13:00Improving quality within dysfunctional systems
Immunisation in focus

The SA Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI) – current status, new developments and future directions.

Improving SA vaccine coverage – trends and barriers.

Mandatory vaccination – possible in South Africa? Legal and ethical barriers, and how can they be overcome?

Facilitator: Dr Mary Morgan

Dr Nonhlanhla Dlamini
Chief Director: Child and Youth Health, National Department of Health

Dr Shuaib Kachauli
Consultant: National Department of Health

Dr Wiedaad Slemming
Senior lecturer, Division of Community Paediatrics, University of the Witwatersrand

Ms Prinslean Mahery
Lecturer, School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand
13:00-13:30Lunch
13:30-14:00SA Child Health Priorities Association Annual General Meeting
14:00-15:30Strengthening human resources:
The education and training of future child health practitioners in South Africa

What are the current gaps/issues with health professional education in relation to child health?

How can undergraduate and postgraduate training programmes be modified to better meet children’s needs?

Is the fix a more comprehensive interdisciplinary paediatric and child health focus or discipline specific?

Is the fix a core child health curriculum in every programme?

What/who will it take to move this agenda?

Facilitator: Prof Lionel Green-Thompson

Dr Sadna Balton
Head: Speech Therapy and Audiology, Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Soweto

Prof Minette Coetzee
Head: Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative, University of Cape Town

Prof Mphelekedzeni Mulaudzi
Head, Paediatrics and Child Health, Charlotte Maxexe Academic Hospital, Johannesburg

Prof Laetitia Rispel
DST/ NRF SARChI Chair, Research on the Health Workforce for Equity and Quality, University of the Witwatersrand

Ms Chantell Witten
Senior Lecturer, MSc Nutrition Management, North West University
15:30-17:00Research presentations

A qualitative longitudinal study of infant feeding practices and decision making among HIV positive and negative women in rural and peri-urban areas of KZN. Christine Horwood

Translating policy to practice: health workers and breastfeeding promotion in Soweto. Sara Nieuwoudt

Conflict of interest and sponsorship by the formula milk industry. Lori Lake

Acceptability and feasibility of an electronic decision making tool to support implementation of IMCI in primary health care facilities in KZN. Cecile Jensen

Caregivers’ perceptions of primary healthcare and community healthcare workers’ services in Thabo Mofutsanyane and Capricorn District. Rosalyn Ford

Lean Thinking as a framework for quality improvement: the story of the transformation of Malamulele Onward Carer-2-Carer CP training programme. Gillian Saloojee

Learning from advanced paediatric nurse trainee experiences in DCSTs in three provinces – strengthened clinical competencies and clinical governance. Minette Coetzee

South African intern career intentions following Paediatrics in the public sector. Kimesh Naidoo
Facilitators: Ms Elizabeth Maseti and Dr Juliet Nyasulu
19:00Speakers’ dinner (by invitation)
Child Health Priorities Conference 2018 – Day 3 
07:30-8:00Registration
08:00-09:30Making a difference
Advancing child health policies and programmes through advocacy

Sharing the experience of health practitioners, academic units, non-profit organisations and civil society advocacy groups in advancing child health.

What lessons have we learned from previous efforts?

What more can we do and how should it be done?

Facilitator: Dr Wiedaad Slemming

Dr Sadna Balton
Head: Speech Therapy and Audiology, Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Soweto

Ms Patricia Martin
Director, Advocacy Aid and Lead: Early development working group, South African Civil Society for Women's, Adolescents' and Children's Health (SACSoWACH)

Dr Mandy Wessels
Paediatrician, Empangeni Hospital, Kwa-Zulu Natal

Ms Chantell Witten
Senior Lecturer, MSc Nutrition Management, North West University
09:30-11:00Making a difference
Child Health advocacy and leadership

What successes have we had in South Africa?

What more should we be doing to advocate for children’s health and wellbeing?

What role/responsibility is there for ordinary child health practitioners to get involved in advocacy?

How best can political commitment be catalysed?

Who provides leadership?
Facilitator: Prof Haroon Saloojee

Mr Mark Heywood
Executive Director, Section 27

Ms Stasha Jordan
Co-chair, South African Civil Society for Women's, Adolescents' and Children's Health (SACSoWACH)

Prof David Sanders
Founder, People’s Health Movement - South Africa; Co-Chair, People’s Health Movement - Global.

Ms Marije Versteeg-Mojanaga
Director, Rural Health Advocacy Project
11:00-11:30Tea
11:30-12:45Conference actions and resolutionsFacilitator: Prof Haroon Saloojee
12:45-13:00Closure Dr Jenny Nash
Chair, South African Child Health Priorities Association

 

Research (Oral presentation)

The conference programme provides the opportunity for researchers and practitioners to present their recent work in the form of oral presentations.

Abstracts should be sent to the organisers by Wednesday, 31 October 2018.

Authors will be notified by e-mail by the 7 November 2018 whether or not their abstract has been accepted.

Delegates presenting oral presentations will be exempted from registration fees on condition that their abstract has been accepted by the Organising Committee.

Poster presentations are NOT being solicited.

Quality Improvement project presentation

As an innovation, the conference programme provides the opportunity for practitioners to present the results of any recent quality improvement work.

Abstracts should be sent to the organisers by Wednesday, 31 October 2018.

Authors will be notified by e-mail by the 7 November 2018 whether or not their abstract has been accepted.

Delegates presenting quality improvement projects will be exempted from registration fees on condition that their abstract has been accepted by the Organising Committee.

CPD points

South African registered health professionals will be eligible for CPD points.

Bursaries

Regrettably, no scholarships or bursaries are available.