AfHEAAfrican Health Economics and Policy Association
Association Africaine d'Economie et Politique de la Santé
Second Conference of the African Health Economics and Policy Association (AfHEA)  
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We call on all African health economists and health policy analysts, those working in Africa or on research of relevance to Africa to attend the Second Conference of the African Health Economics and Policy Association (AfHEA), which will be held in Saly Portudal (Palm Beach), Senegal from 15th to 17th March 2011 (Note: these dates are provisional). The overall theme of this conference is “Toward universal health coverage in Africa”. Universal coverage is understood to mean providing financial protection against health care costs for all, as well as ensuring access to quality health care for all when needed.

The sub-themes of the conference are the following:
• Health care financing for universal financial protection in Africa, including issues around:
o user fee removal
o strategies for improved domestic public funding of health care (through general taxes and/or mandatory health insurance)
o strategies to extend financial protection coverage to those outside the formal employment sector
o reducing fragmentation across funding pools
o the role of global funding in achieving universal coverage
• Promoting universal access to needed health services, including issues around:
o Purchasing of health services (benefit packages and provider payment mechanisms, including performance-based financing)
o Identifying and addressing health service access barriers
• Strategies and tactics for key steps to move towards universal coverage, including issues around:
o Getting universal coverage onto the health policy agenda
o Ensuring the acceptability of policy proposals to different actors
o Managing key actors in implementing universal coverage policies

The above sub-themes are not exhaustive. The conference covers all aspects of the health system that could contribute to universal coverage.




The AfHEA conference is supported by the Ministry of Health and Prevention of Senegal


Scientific Committee
The Scientific Committee, which includes representatives from a wide range of African countries and is chaired by Prof. Di McIntyre of the University of Cape Town.

Registration form (en)
Registration form (fr) .

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The organizing committee of AfHEA would like to inform you that the conference venue at Saly is a seaside resort located about 80 km from Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport in Dakar, Senegal's capital, and 1h30 mn travel in light traffic congestion conditions. To facilitate the transfer of participants to Saly, the Organising Committee requests you to take this information into account in booking your travel and arranging your times of arrivals. However, AfHEA would also like to assure you that all necessary arrangements will be made, including a shuttle service, to facilitate the transfer of participants to Saly from the airport. It is important to send your itinerary and any updates to the AfHEA email address to assist in the planning for your reception.



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