The 4th Biennial Scientific Conference
The African Health Economics & Policy Association (AfHEA) was set up in March 2009 as a membership-based non-profit association of Africans and non-Africans including students working on Africa-related issues in the fields of health economics, financing and policy. AfHEA aspires to help improve health outcomes in Africa by promoting high quality and standards in the generation of policy-relevant evidence and promoting the use of appropriate health economics, policy and financing tools within the health sector in Africa. Although there are signs that health sector policy making in Africa appears to be increasingly benefiting from the insights that health economics and health policy evidence and analyses are able to offer (in part due to the greater awareness of the benefits of such evidence and analyses promoted by several stakeholders including AfHEA), it is also clear that both country capacities in these fields and utilization of such tools vary widely across Africa and both are still often woefully inadequate or even absent.
AfHEA conferences contribute to capacity building of, and networking among, experts working in these fields in Africa, as well as promoting the above-mentioned aspirations of high quality and standards in the generation of policy-relevant evidence and the use of appropriate health economics, policy and financing tools in the sector.
Following on the last AfHEA conference in Kenya (March 2014), AfHEA is continuing the delivery of the bilingual biennial conference focused on critical themes for the African health sector as identified by its management and scientific committee to stimulate research and provide an outlet for the latest research findings and debates of relevance to Africa. The theme of the 2016 conference will be the following: “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Grand Convergence and Health in Africa".
Objectives and expected outputs of 2016 Conference
The overall objective of the 2016 AfHEA Conference is to promote debate and discussion among African and international researchers, experts and policy makers regarding the SDGs, the ‘Grand Convergence’ and the African health agenda. The specific objectives and target outputs of AfHEA for the Conference include:
- Help define the research agenda and identify research gaps regarding the conference theme;
- Ensure a minimum of 20 African countries and 200 participants from Africa (both Francophone and Anglophone) attend conference;
- Attendance from at least 10 globally recognized experts on African health economics and policy;
- At least 120 abstracts presented;
- Publish all abstracts and posters of conference both in hard copy and electronically (online);
- Identify currently emerging and priority research areas for African countries and regional bodies;
- Outputs from the AfHEA conference are translated into policy notes and communicated to decision makers.
Conference dates and venue
The conference will be held from 26-29 September 2016 at the Sofitel Jardin des Roses in Rabat, Morocco.
About the Sofitel Jardin des Roses
The Sofitel Jardin des Roses is a 5-star hotel in Rabat, located close to the Royal Palace and is surrounded by 17.3 acres (7 hectares) of Andalusian gardens with 3000 roses. The hotel was designed by architects Didier Gomez and Karim Chakor using both French designs and Moroccan art on themes of amber, water, roses, mashrabiya latticework and mosaics. The hotel has 229 rooms of which 37 are suites, as well as a swimming pool, a business center, and spa. For more information, please visit the hotel’s website at http://www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-6813-sofitel-rabat-jardin-des-roses/index.shtml.
The target audience is researchers, policy makers, health professionals, academics and students, practitioners from Ministries of Health, Finance and related agencies, individuals from the NGO and community-based organizations, and others with a research or policy interest in the subject areas covered by AfHEA.