Technical Working Groups (TWGs)

TWG objectives

The technical working groups aim to create a platform to implement AfHEA’s mission of evidence-based health policy. They are a platform for Africa’s experts to engage policymakers regarding the design and operation of health policies and mechanisms to meet the pressing health financing challenges of the continent and related international health goals such as the MDGs and Abuja Declaration.

The TWGs will conduct three types of activities: 1) knowledge sharing; 2) research; and 3) technical assistance. TWGs will coordinate with regional institutions such as the AU, ECSA Health Community, ECOWAS, SADC, etc and development partners working within the health sector in Africa.

TWG Activities

The list below is illustrative of the many activities that the TWGs could conduct depending upon members’ time and energy, and funding. The TWGs are expected to evolve and develop their roles and functions over time.  However, initially it is expected that they would endeavor at the minimum to be abreast of the latest and state-of-the-art research in their theme areas.

1. Knowledge Sharing

  • The TWG will assemble research and other data /information available in the theme area (including gray literature if possible); and compile a list of key resources / publications, within African countries and update this on a regular basis (this list, and links to the documents referenced wherever possible, will be posted on the AfHEA website and in the newsletter)
  • The TWG will help AfHEA staff write summaries of developments /issues in their theme area for the AfHEA newsletter and web site.
  • The TWG has a general responsibility to contribute to the global debate on African health sector issues related to their particular theme area. The TWG will serve as neutral and participatory global forum for interested experts to discuss significant issues in the theme area.

2. Research

  • Identification of priorities for future research in their theme area (through engaging with policy makers and researchers)
  • Identification of under-researched areas or topics within their TWG area (traditional healers?)
  • With AfHEA's assistance identify funding opportunities for this research through monitoring calls for proposals of major funders and circulate such information to AfHEA members
  • With AfHEA executives and admin staff, seek funding to carry out further research agreed upon.
  • Eventually too, they could provide a platform for capacity building for younger researchers.

3. Technical Assistance

If requested (and time and resources permitting), members of the TWG can provide advice to AfHEA’s partners requiring such assistance in the areas concerned, as well as serve as an expert resource.

Serve as peer reviewers for country researchers, experts and practitioners who submit questions or draft documents (terms of reference, concept papers, and reports) to the TWG for their review and feedback.

Methodology

Six TWGs will be set up initially in the areas of: Health Policy, Health Financing, Economic Evaluation, Human Resources for Health, Health Systems Research, and Traditional Medicine.  Each TWG will have a Chair and up to 5 members. Membership may be drawn from AfHEA members or other experts with a track record in the area concerned.

Chair responsibilities:

The Chair of the TWG (with assistance from AfHEA admin staff) will invite all relevant and interested experts working or studying in the area concerned to join the Group, keep a record of contributors or members of the TWG, and initiate discussion around sub-themes or topical /burning issues in the area. Each TWG Chair will be assigned a home page on the AfHEA website.

Chair qualifications:

  • Recognized expert in the theme area
  • Membership of AfHEA desired but not essential

Member responsibilities:

To animate the site

Member qualifications:

Experts working or studying in the Health Policy, Health Financing, Economic Evaluation, Human Resources for Health, Health Systems Research, and Traditional Medicine

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