Dates and Venue for 5th AfHEA Scientific Conference

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to inform you that the host country for the 5th AfHEA Scientific Conference, to take place from 11 - 14 March 2019, will be Ghana! Read on for a summary of how this decision was arrived at.

The AfHEA Board and Executives decided to adopt an open and transparent process in selecting the host country for the 2019 conference.  This was done to ensure transparency and fair participation from all AfHEA member countries, and as part of continuous improvement of our processes and procedures.  In the process, AfHEA came up with a total of 14 criteria (see Table 1 below) to assess the likelihood of countries to host the 2019 AfHEA conference.  Initially, following the 2016 conference in Rabat, five countries indicated an interest in or were suggested for bidding to host the next conference.

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Winners of the PHC Financing Papers’ Competition

AfHEA is pleased to announce the results of the Primary Health Care (PHC) financing papers competition that ran from March to June 2015.

 

The winning abstracts were selected following a competitive blinded review process by a 12-member panel led by Dr. John Ataguba of University of Cape Town. The total number of abstracts received was 83; of which 15 were French and 68 were English. A total of 67 abstracts had lead male authors (representing 81%) and 16 had lead female authors (representing 19%).

 

The percentage score for all 83 abstracts ranged between 10% and 95% with the average scores following a normal distribution. However, the reviewers concluded that generally, the quality of the abstracts submitted was unsatisfactory for which they recommended capacity building of young researchers. This necessitated a decision by AfHEA to plan for a pre-conference training session on scientific writing for young researchers in September 2016 in Rabat - Morocco. Details on the pre-conference workshop will be made public in 2016. Such training may be replicated at regional levels in the future as may be required.

The top 4 winning abstracts include:

 

S/N

Author

Abstract Title

1.

Gerald Manthalu

The effect of user fee exemption on the utilization of maternal healthcare at mission healthcare facilities in Malawi

2.

Konan Christian Yao

Analyse couts-benefices (ACB) prospective du programme de planification famille au Gabon 2015-2015

3.

Jacob Novignon

Efficiency of primary health care facilities and fiscal space implications: evidence from Ghana

4.

Oliver Kaonga

Does user fee removal policy provide financial protection from catastrophic health care payments? Evidence from Zambia

 

As advertised, authors of the 4 winning abstracts will each receive:

  • A cash prize of $5,000
  • Sponsorship to attend the 4th biennial conference in Rabat, Morocco scheduled for September 26-29, 2016
  • Mentorship support from AfHEA senior researcher(s) to develop their abstracts into full papers for publication in a scientific journal of their choice

 

In addition to the top 4, AfHEA also recognizes the effort made by the authors of the second-best set of 4 abstracts. They include:

 

S/N

Author

Abstract Title

5.

Henri Mundongo

Maitrise des charges de production integree dans un modele de gestion par la qualite pour la performance du laboratoire medical des cliniques universitaires de Lubumbashi, RDC

6.

Seye Abimbola

‘The government cannot do it all alone”: Realist analysis of the minutes of community health committee meetings in Nigeria

7.

Samia Laokri

Assessing outpatient care expenditures to inform universal coverage agenda: Baseline results from a quasi-experimental impact evaluation of a health systems strengthening project in the Democratic Republic of Congo

8.

Joseph Dieleman

Estimating health spending by disease and injury, age, and sex in Zambia, 2000-2010

 

Authors of the second set of abstracts will each receive:

  • Sponsorship to attend the 4th biennial conference in Rabat, Morocco scheduled for September 26-29, 2016.

 

Once again, thanks to all those who submitted their abstracts. AfHEA is very optimistic that performance in the future years will comparatively be better as we chart a course of enhancing AfHEA’s position as a go-to resource for policymakers in Africa.  

 

Congratulations to the winning authors!!!

 

AfHEA Secretariat    

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Abstracts submission ended on 31st March, 2016.

Fourth AfHEA Scientific Conference to be held in Rabat, Morocco, from 26 to 29 September 2016

We call on all African health economists and health policy analysts, as well as all those working on research of relevance to African health financing, economics and policy to submit abstracts for the Fourth Conference of the African Health Economics and Policy Association (AfHEA). The conference will be held in Rabat, Morocco, from 26 to 29 September 2016.

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The 4th Biennial Scientific Conference of the African Health Economics & Policy Association (AfHEA) scheduled!

Theme: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Grand Convergence and Health in Africa

Dates: September 26-29, 2016
Location: Rabat, Morocco 

The African Health Economics & Policy Association (AfHEA) is pleased to announce its upcoming 4th biennial Scientific Conference. The conference, which we had originally hoped to hold in Johannesburg, is now scheduled to be held in Rabat, Morocco, from 26th to 29th September 2016. AfHEA is still committed to holding a conference in the southern African sub-region as soon as practicable, but we realize for now that is going to take a while to organize. 

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Terms of Reference for Consultancy Services

Analysis of Health Service Delivery Indicators Surveys of Tanzania, Senegal, Togo, Nigeria and Kenya

Background

Service Delivery Indicators (SDI), an Africa wide program initiated by the World Bank, aims to measure the performance and quality of health and education services using cutting edge methodologies and a high degree of quality assurance for decision makers to track progress over time, and for citizens to hold governments accountable for public spending. The surveys generate nationally representative indicators, disaggregated by rural and urban location, and public and private provider type. The Service Delivery Indicators are a set of 20 indicators that examine the effort and ability of staff and the availability of key inputs and resources that contribute to improving Primary Health Care. (www.worldbank.org/sdi).

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New AfHEA Project on Health Financing Research in Africa: "Support African Health Economics and Policy Association for research on health financing issues"

The African Health Economics and Policy Association (AfHEA) has been awarded a two and half year project- Support African Health Economics Association for research on health financing issues -funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The charitable purpose is to provide quality analytical work and enhance AfHEA’s capacity to conduct research that will fill in the existing knowledge gaps on effective health financing approaches to achieve optimal health outcomes in African Countries.

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