AfHEA’s conferences are attended by a variety of participants: high-level dignitaries such as Ministers of Health and Finance and the staff of those Ministries and other government institutions and agencies dealing with health sector and financing or policy issues; academics; representatives from development organizations; practitioners in the fields of Health Economics, Healthcare Financing and Health Policy; researchers (both seasoned and up-coming); as well as students.

2022 Virtual Conference (past)

The conference was held virtually in Kigali, Rwanda, under the theme, “Towards Resilient Health Systems in Africa: The Role of Health Economics and Policy Research”. The theme of the conference is of much significance given the important role of research evidence in driving policy making. In addition, the ravaging effects brought by COVID-19 threaten to worsen health outcomes in the African region, and undo some of the notable achievements that have been realised in most of these countries.

It has also amplified the importance of knowledge sharing and exchange of information on how best to use health economics and policy research in making informed decision to build resilient and sustainable health systems which are responsive to the needs of people.

  • AfHEA 6th Scientific Conference
  • 7 - 11 March 2022 | Virtual
  • Towards Resilient Health Systems in Africa: The Role of Health Economics and Policy Research

Conference Daily Report -
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Conference Agenda
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Programme and Abstract Book
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Conference recordings
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The broad theme of the conference is: Towards Resilient Health Systems in Africa: The Role of Health Economics and Policy Research.

The sub-themes of the conference are:

  • Decolonizing Health Economics and policy research and the drive for greater equity and inclusion.
  • Vaccine economics: equity, distribution, financing, trade and the lessons learnt during the covid-19 pandemic.
  • What adjustments are required to make health and health financing systems in Africa more resilient to pandemics?
  • Cost-effectiveness of addressing social/underlying determinants of poor health vs. funding medical interventions.
  • Building back better health systems: the role of innovation, multi-sectoral approaches and global financial architecture in building resilient health systems in Africa.
  • UHC, politics, policy processes, and reforms during covid-19 pandemic.
  • The role and use of data and evidence for policy decisions in a pandemic (the case of covid-19).
  • Looking to the future: what plans are in place to mitigate the impact of covid-19 post the pandemic?

Health Economics, Public Health and Health Policy researchers in particular are encouraged to submit abstracts on this broad theme and its sub-themes or indeed on any other interesting, innovative, or topical African health sector or systems research which upon selection by our scientific committee may be presented orally or in poster format at the conference.

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