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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Winners of the PHC Financing Papers’ Competition

AfHEA is pleased to announce the results of the Primary Health Care (PHC) financing papers competition that ran from March to June 2015.


The winning abstracts were selected following a competitive blinded review process by a 12-member panel led by Dr. John Ataguba of University of Cape Town. The total number of abstracts received was 83; of which 15 were French and 68 were English. A total of 67 abstracts had lead male authors (representing 81%) and 16 had lead female authors (representing 19%).


The percentage score for all 83 abstracts ranged between 10% and 95% with the average scores following a normal distribution. However, the reviewers concluded that generally, the quality of the abstracts submitted was unsatisfactory for which they recommended capacity building of young researchers. This necessitated a decision by AfHEA to plan for a pre-conference training session on scientific writing for young researchers in September 2016 in Rabat - Morocco. Details on the pre-conference workshop will be made public in 2016. Such training may be replicated at regional levels in the future as may be required.

The top 4 winning abstracts include:




Abstract Title


Gerald Manthalu

The effect of user fee exemption on the utilization of maternal healthcare at mission healthcare facilities in Malawi


Konan Christian Yao

Analyse couts-benefices (ACB) prospective du programme de planification famille au Gabon 2015-2015


Jacob Novignon

Efficiency of primary health care facilities and fiscal space implications: evidence from Ghana


Oliver Kaonga

Does user fee removal policy provide financial protection from catastrophic health care payments? Evidence from Zambia


As advertised, authors of the 4 winning abstracts will each receive:

  • A cash prize of $5,000
  • Sponsorship to attend the 4th biennial conference in Rabat, Morocco scheduled for September 26-29, 2016
  • Mentorship support from AfHEA senior researcher(s) to develop their abstracts into full papers for publication in a scientific journal of their choice


In addition to the top 4, AfHEA also recognizes the effort made by the authors of the second-best set of 4 abstracts. They include:




Abstract Title


Henri Mundongo

Maitrise des charges de production integree dans un modele de gestion par la qualite pour la performance du laboratoire medical des cliniques universitaires de Lubumbashi, RDC


Seye Abimbola

‘The government cannot do it all alone”: Realist analysis of the minutes of community health committee meetings in Nigeria


Samia Laokri

Assessing outpatient care expenditures to inform universal coverage agenda: Baseline results from a quasi-experimental impact evaluation of a health systems strengthening project in the Democratic Republic of Congo


Joseph Dieleman

Estimating health spending by disease and injury, age, and sex in Zambia, 2000-2010


Authors of the second set of abstracts will each receive:

  • Sponsorship to attend the 4th biennial conference in Rabat, Morocco scheduled for September 26-29, 2016.


Once again, thanks to all those who submitted their abstracts. AfHEA is very optimistic that performance in the future years will comparatively be better as we chart a course of enhancing AfHEA’s position as a go-to resource for policymakers in Africa.  


Congratulations to the winning authors!!!


AfHEA Secretariat    


Abstracts submission ended on 31st March, 2016.

Fourth AfHEA Scientific Conference to be held in Rabat, Morocco, from 26 to 29 September 2016

We call on all African health economists and health policy analysts, as well as all those working on research of relevance to African health financing, economics and policy to submit abstracts for the Fourth Conference of the African Health Economics and Policy Association (AfHEA). The conference will be held in Rabat, Morocco, from 26 to 29 September 2016.

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