AfHEA tribute to a great public health leader

Dr. Frank Nyonator
Dr. Frank Nyonator

The sudden passing of Dr. Frank Nyonator has struck the AfHEA family hard. This sad news was conveyed to us on August 13, 2018. The pain, grief and the feeling of helplessness seems unbearable. Indeed, a heavy branch has fallen and a big vacuum created by his sudden departure. But what does the bible teach about death? "For dust you are and to dust you shall return" (Genesis 3:19). Frank as we fondly called him, passed on after brief ill health. He was a quiet, supportive and a modest man with a strong sense of humour. Frank was a giant in African public health, especially in health financing, economics, policy and research methods, and a senior founding member of AfHEA.

His recent assignment for AfHEA was as the Chairman of the Fundraising committee for the AfHEA 2019 5th Biennial conference and a member of the Local Organising Committee (LOC).

His support to AfHEA dates back to 2009 where he tirelessly supported to host the inaugural conference. Frank was involved in the set-up of an office for AfHEA in 2010 when he was the Director of the PPME Division of the Ghana Health Service. In fact AfHEA's first employee was stationed in his Division and he ensured that every process necessary for the organizational set-up was well managed and financed. Our staff recalls that he would always say, "If you need my help in any way, please let me know," and he meant it. He was willing to listen and never short of wise advice and counsel.  He never shirked his responsibilities.

He also played a crucial role in the conception and setting up of the Ghana Health Economics and Policy Association (GHEA). Not only has Frank played his role effectively within the community and family of AfHEA, but he had been playing a leading role in the development of Ghana's UHC program. He had much earlier also been one of the pioneers of the CHPS program in Ghana.

Frank was so hard working that even when he retired from active service at the Ghana Health service, he took up jobs, first at the University of Health and Allied Sciences, UHAS, Ho , and second as the Chief of Party of USAID's Evaluate for Health (E4H) where he worked until his passing.

We can no longer hear your voice, but we know you are watching from where you are. You will forever be our hero. We are all trying to cope with your passing, and dwelling on memories we have shared individually with you. We will find strength to carry on, and continue to make you proud. You will be deeply missed.

May Frank's soul rest in peace, may his life remain a shining example for all of us and may his brilliant ideas continue to live long after him!


On behalf of the LOC and the AfHEA Secretariat

Extension of abstract submission deadline for AfHEA’s 2019 scientific conference

Dear AfHEA members,

The co-chairs of the Scientific Committee and management of AfHEA take this opportunity to politely remind you that the deadline for individual abstract submissions to AfHEA’s 5th scientific conference (to take place from 11-14 March 2019 in Accra, Ghana) will expire on 31st August 2018 at midnight. However, we still have some space in our scientific programme. We have therefore decided to postpone the deadline to allow for additional submissions until October 30th, or until the available spaces are filled, whichever comes sooner, after which we will bring the abstract submission process to a close. We therefore urge those who intended to submit abstracts but were unable to meet the August 31st deadline to do so at the earliest possible.  

The links to the abstract submission forms are as below:

5th Scientific Conference Registration Info

The costs of attending the conference are as follows:

Registrant Categories

Early Bird Registration (before Feb 11, 2019)

Late Registration (after Feb 11, 2019)

Paid-up Members (All Regions)



Non Full Paid-up Members/Non-Members (Africa Region)



Non Full Paid-up Members/Non-members (North America/Europe/Other Regions)






Cost per participant excludes accommodation and air travel. This includes all conference-provided meals, other meeting costs, and administrative costs. AfHEA DOES NOT charge any fees for presentation at the conference.

AfHEA can help with letters to support your funding applications if required. Please send your request for support (as well as visa) letters to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

*All students must provide a signed and stamped verification from their institutions.

Modalities of payment for the conference:

  • Direct transfer to AfHEA’s Bank Account

Account name: African Health Economics and Policy Association
Name of Bank: Ecobank Ghana Limited
Bank address: 19 Seventh Avenue, Ridge West, Accra-Ghana
Account No.: 001-206-44-684-38702
Bank Branch: Head Office, Ridge
Swift Code: ECOCGHAC
Currency: USD

Please check carefully that you have entered the account number and codes exactly as above to avoid any delays in your payment and any associated problems regarding your attendance.

Please clearly indicate your name and surname on the deposit slip. Receipts will only be issued to delegates after receiving proof of payment. A copy of the deposit slip must be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Online payment method

    AfHEA accepts payments made through leading Credit/Debit card providers including Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Links to pay online will be provided after completing and submitting this online form.
  • Bank Draft made payable to:

    African Health Economics and Policy Association. This can be paid into our account, or could be paid on site at the opening of the conference if permission to pay on site has been obtained in advance from the conference management. Please do not travel to the conference without having paid in advance, or received permission in advance to pay on site.

  • We do NOT encourage participants to travel with cash intended for paying for their conference costs.


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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