2021 End of Year Statement to AfHEA Membership

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Board and Executive Committee of the African Health Economics & Policy Association (AfHEA), I would like to extend to you compliments of the season and wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year in 2022! It is our pleasure once again to bring you the report card on AfHEA’s work in the past year and its planned activities for the new year.

Activities undertaken in 2021

During the year, AfHEA, like all other organizations around the world, learned to adjust to the new normal brought about by the covid-19 pandemic.

AfHEA was able to record the following achievements:

Participation in national and regional meetings/events

In 2021, AfHEA participated in the following events:

  1. Meeting of the Regional Working Group on Health Risk Coverage (RWG-RCM): Ouagadougou, from 07 to 09 December 2021

Objectives of the meeting:

The general objective of the meeting is to revitalize the Regional Working Group on Health Insurance (RWG-HI) so that it can fully carry out its role as the Commission's advisory body on health insurance, in line with the reforms under way in the Member States of the Union on this subject.

  1. WANEL’s RECOVER project inception meeting

In addition to the technical and administrative support to WANEL on the incorporation and drafting of its constitution, AfHEA was invited to the WANEL RECOVER project inception meeting in Ghana, which was held between 10th and 11th June 2021. Mr. Daniel Malik Achala participated in the meeting on behalf of AfHEA.

The meeting’s objectives were:

  • Provide the opportunity for leaders of the network (country coordinators/thematic working group leads) to:
  1. Review the activities and operations of the network thus far
  2. Identify strategic directions for the development and consolidation of its operational frameworks (strategic plans/action plans/communication plans) to support the network’s effective functioning and long-term sustainability.
  • Provide a working space for the RECOVER project implementing team to further discuss and align the project’s implementation strategies, plans, procedures and methodological approaches.

Forging of partnerships with other institutions

During the year, AfHEA entered into (or renewed) partnership agreements with various institutions including: WHO-AFRO, Center for Higher Management Studies (CESAG) and Africa CDC.  

Organizational effectiveness and sustainability assessment of AfHEA

In November 2021, the technical support from Humentum, made possible with funding support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was concluded. The aim of the technical support was to strengthen AfHEA’s operational effectiveness and enhance its financial sustainability.

The technical support covered 8 key domains of the organization, namely: Leadership & Governance, Membership, Program Delivery, Partnerships & Networks, Staffing & Technical Capacity, Financial Capacity & Information Technology, Resource Mobilization, and Branding & Advocacy.

The roadmap that was jointly agreed upon by AfHEA and Humentum was successfully implemented partly and the remaining portion of the roadmap will continue to be implemented until August 2022.

During the project’s close-out meeting jointly held between AfHEA’s staff and executives, Humentum’s staff and BMGF’s staff, the feedback given by AfHEA’s staff and executives was overwhelmingly positive and pointed to the positive growth that the staff and executives experienced from the entire process.

Development of a new strategic plan and business plan

A new strategic plan and business plan were developed during the year that took into consideration the results from the operational effectiveness and sustainability analysis. The strategic plan will guide the activities of the association in the next 5 years.

The Economics of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Interventions in Ghana and Senegal (EcASaRH) project

The EcASaRH project, funded by the International Development and Research Centre (IDRC), kick-started in April 2019 and is expected to end in 2023. The project is expected to contribute to our understanding of ASRH interventions in the context of Ghana and Senegal and Africa as a whole. The objectives of the project are to: identify priority ASRH interventions in Ghana and Senegal, cost the interventions and assess the existing funding gaps for the interventions identified, and lastly formulate strategies for resource mobilization to address the gaps.

Investment cases for transformative results project

During the year, AfHEA was contracted by UNFPA to assist in providing technical research support on the “Investment cases for transformative results” project. The aim of the project is to develop strong investment cases argument to support advocacy for investing in reducing maternal mortality, support advocacy for the UHC agenda on family planning, ending female genital mutilation and ending gender-based violence. This project is being implemented in five African countries, namely, Botswana, Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia and South Sudan.

AfHEA has supported the recruitment of research consultants and is providing leadership and coordination for the consultant teams and the later analytical phase of the project. The project was successfully completed in July 2021.

Mentorship workshop on scientific writing for early career researchers

In March 2021, AfHEA and WHO-AFRO launched a capacity strengthening programme on scientific writing. A group of early career researchers was selected for training and mentoring on scientific writing and to ultimately support the publication of their papers in a reputable journal as part of their contribution to scientific output in Africa. The programme also included a virtual capacity building workshop on scientific writing that was held on June 17, 2021 and which attracted more than 100 participants.  

Preparations for the 6th Scientific Conference

Following the successful holding of the 5th conference in March 2019, the Board of Trustees has now approved the holding of the 6th AfHEA conference in March 2022. Due to covid-19 and the impact it has had on international travel and meetings, the 6th conference will be a fully virtual event. The conference will take place from March 7–11, 2022 with several pre-conference workshops prior to the main conference.   

The main preparatory activities that have been completed so far are:

  • Seeking approval from the Board of Trustees on the timing for the conference.
  • Drafting of the conference concept note to guide the conference planning and organization.
  • Setting up of a conference planning committee to steer the conference organization and planning.
  • Setting up a conference country host selection committee to assist with the selection of the country host.
  • Sending out a call for expression of interest for countries and institutions to host the conference.
  • Sending out a call for submission of abstracts.
  • Review of submitted abstracts by the Scientific Committee.
  • Draft program schedule.
  • Invitation to partners for their participation.

Hiring of Director of Operations and Deputy Director of Operations

During the year, the association brought on board two new staff: the Director of Operations (DOO), Mr. Matthias Akuliga Aneinini as well as a Deputy Director of Operations, Ms. Elizabeth Adote. The two are part of the Secretariat and are based in Accra.  

AfHEA’s transition planning

As the last step of AfHEA’s transition process, the Board of Trustees, through the Nominations Committee, began the process of selecting a new Executive Director for the association.

The call for applications attracted a total of 5 applicants, 3 of whom proceeded to the interview stage. The successful candidate is expected to officially take office on April 1, 2022.

New grant from WHO-AFRO

Towards the end of 2021, AfHEA was awarded a grant by WHO-AFRO to undertake research on health budget execution and public financial management in four countries: Uganda, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Cameroon. The project will seek to unearth the root causes of low budget execution in these countries, document and understand the mitigation measures for low health sector budget execution and accordingly inform policy change for improved health sector budget execution in Africa.

New grant from International Development Research Centre

I am happy to inform you that AfHEA, together with partners Africa CDC and UNECA, was recently awarded a grant by IDRC to implement a 3-year project titled “Equitable Access to the Covid-19 Vaccines in Africa (ECOVA).” This project aims to generate evidence to inform solutions to improve Africa’s ability and capacity to manufacture, effectively distribute and administer COVID-19 vaccines. It critically examines international regulatory frameworks which affect equitable access to vaccines, and the domestic challenges in Africa including manufacturing capacity, equitable delivery and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines.  The project will be action-oriented, contributing to practical ways of ensuring vaccine equity in Africa.

Activities planned for 2022

In the year 2022, AfHEA will:

  • Conclude the preparations for the 6th biennial conference and hold the conference in March 2022.
  • Continue implementing and conclude the PFM project.
  • Start the implementation of the ECOVA project in February 2022.


Finally, I would like to sincerely thank the members of AfHEA’s Board, the Executive Committee, and the Secretariat who have continued to serve the association with diligence in the midst of the covid-19-related challenges.

Thanks also to our members and partners for their commitment and encouraging support. Special thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and especially Dr. Logan Brenzel who has continued to be a valued thought partner of the association.


Dr. Chris Atim

AfHEA Executive Director

Contributions from: Grace Njeri and Danny Achala.

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Solidarity Message from African Health Economics & Policy Association (AfHEA) on the occasion of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day

Solidarity Message from African Health Economics & Policy Association (AfHEA) on the occasion of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day, 12. 12. 2021

Every year on December 12, the world celebrates Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day. The commemoration of the UHC Day is with the aim of raising awareness and reminding all of us about the need to work for stronger and resilient health systems and to ensure the provision of quality, affordable health services for all; ultimately without people facing financial hardships as a result.

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AfHEA 2022 conference updates

Dear colleagues,

Please find some updates about AfHEA's 2022 conference:

2022 conference format, dates and fees

Due to the challenges posed by covid-19, and based on feedback from our members, the Board of Trustees of AfHEA has recommended a fully virtual conference format whereby all participants will follow the conference proceedings virtually.

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Extension of deadline for application for Executive Director (Prolongation du délai de candidature...

Dear colleagues,
The management of AfHEA, with recommendation from the Board of Trustees, is pleased to announce that the deadline for the application of the position of Executive Director has been extended to November 12, 2021. Please follow the link below for more information about the call:
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Prolongation du délai de candidature au poste de Directeur Exécutif à AfHEA
Chers collègues, 
La direction d'AfHEA, sur recommandation du conseil d'administration, a le plaisir d'annoncer que la date limite de candidature au poste de directeur exécutif a été prolongée jusqu'au 12 novembre 2021. Pour plus d'informations sur l'appel, veuillez visiter le lien suivant :

Promotion of John Ataguba to Professor

Dear colleagues, 

We are pleased to announce that John Ataguba, AfHEA's Deputy Executive Director in charge of Capacity Building and member of the Board of Trustees has been promoted from Associate Professor to Professor at the University of Cape Town's School of Public Health and Family Medicine (Health Economics Unit). This is in recognition of his significant contributions to the University's teaching, research and management and leadership. 
John Ataguba
John Ataguba
Congratulations Prof. Ataguba! We are proud to be associated with you. 
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EVENT: Economic and Programmatic Implications for the Covid-19 Vaccine Roll Out in Africa

Economic and Programmatic Implications for the Covid-19 Vaccine Roll Out in Africa

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Thursday, October 28, 7:30 - 9:00am, Eastern Time (US and Canada)
12:30 - 2:00pm, British Summer Time

11:30 - 1:00pm, Greenwich Mean Time
2:30 - 4:00pm Eastern Africa Time
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*This event will be simultaneously broadcasted in English and French.

Watch online here.


  • John N. Nkengasong, Director, Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC)
  • Javier Guzman, Director, Global Health Policy and a Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development (CGD)
  • John Ataguba, Director,  Health Economics Unit, University of Cape Town and Deputy Director, African Health Economics and Policy Association (AfHEA)​​​​


  • Donald Kaberuka, African Union (AU) Special Envoy on COVID-19 and AU High Representative for Peace Fund, Financing the Union and Health Financing


  • Mark Jit, Professor of Vaccine Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Maddalena Ferranna, Research Associate, Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health


  • *To be announced


  • Ama Fenny, Senior Research Fellow, University of Ghana, Africa Union COVID-19 Taskforce


  • Ahmed E. Ogwell Ouma, Deputy Director, Africa Centre for Disease Control (Africa CDC)


Curbing the pandemic while protecting access to essential health services requires an ample supply of vaccine, a functioning, well-funded delivery system, and careful planning. With strained budgets and supply shortages, policymakers face new challenges to set priorities and allocate limited resources effectively amid the COVID-19 crisis. The Africa Centre for Disease Control (Africa CDC) have been instrumental to supporting African countries in their COVID-19 response.

The Health Economics Unit (HEU) at the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) was launched in collaboration with the Center for Global Development (CGD) to facilitate evidence-based priority-setting during the pandemic and beyond. As COVID-19 cases on the African continent climb over 8.5 million and vaccination rates remain low (4.6 percent of the population), the HEU's flagship project will devise an equitable, efficient, and effective vaccine roll out.

Join the Africa CDC, CGD and the African Health Economics Association for the first public event with the HEU – a virtual discussion on the role of modelling and economic evidence to inform COVID-19 vaccine procurement and distribution strategies. Policymakers and researchers will discuss methods for meeting the African Union's goal of vaccinating 60 percent of the continent's population, balancing economic and epidemiological priorities, and learning from Africa's COVID-19 response to date.

​​​​​If you have questions for our panelists, please submit them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tweet @CGDev #CGDTalks, or submit your comments via YouTube.


This event will be streamed live. Register above to receive a reminder about the webcast before the event. The video will stream and remain available on the page linked above. Close-captioned-enabled video will be posted following the conclusion of the event.

Implications économiques et programmatiques pour le déploiement du vaccin Covid-19 en Afrique

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Jeudi 28 octobre, 7h30 - 9h00, heure de l'Est (États-Unis et Canada)
11h30 – 13:00, heure de Greenwich (GMT)
12h30 – 14:00, heure d'été britannique
14h30 – 16:00, heure de l'Afrique de l'Est

*Événement en ligne avec traduction simultanée anglais - français.​​​

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  • John N. Nkengasong, Directeur du Centre Africain pour le Contrôle et la Prévention des maladies (Africa CDC)
  • Javier Guzman, Directeur de la Politique de Santé Mondiale et Chercheur Principal au Center for Global Development (CGD)
  • John Ataguba, Directeur de l'Unité d'économie de la Santé à l'Université de Cape Town et Directeur adjoint de l'Association Africaine d'Économie et Politique de la Santé (AfHEA)


  • Donald Kaberuka, Envoyé spécial de l'Union Africaine (UA) pour la COVID-19 et Haut représentant de l'UA pour le Fonds pour la paix, le financement de l'Union et le financement de la santé


  • Mark Jit, Professeur d'épidémiologie des Vaccins, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine ​​​​​
  • Maddalena FerrannaAssociée de Recherche, Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health


  • Ama Fenny, Chercheur Principal, Université de Ghana, Taskforce de l'Union Africaine pour la COVID-19


  • À annoncer


  • Ahmed E. Ogwell Ouma, Directeur Adjoint de Centre Africain pour le Contrôle et la Prévention des maladies (Africa CDC)


Pour endiguer la pandémie tout en protégeant l'accès aux services de santé essentiels, il faut disposer d'une quantité suffisante de vaccins, d'un système de distribution opérationnel et bien financé, et d'une planification minutieuse. Avec des budgets serrés et des pénuries d'approvisionnement, les décideurs politiques sont confrontés à de nouveaux défis pour fixer des priorités et allouer efficacement des ressources limitées dans le cadre de la crise du COVID-19. Le Centre Africain de Contrôle des Maladies (Africa CDC) a contribué à soutenir les pays africains dans leur réponse à la crise du COVID-19.

L'Unité d'Économie de la Santé des Centres africains de contrôle et de prévention des maladies (Africa CDC) a été lancée en collaboration avec le Centre pour le Développement Mondial (CGD) afin de faciliter l'établissement de priorités basées sur des données probantes durant la pandémie et au-delà. Alors que les cas de COVID-19 sur le continent africain dépassent les 8,5 millions et que les taux de vaccination restent faibles (4,6 % de la population), le projet phare de l'Unité d'Économie de la Santé permettra de concevoir un déploiement équitable, efficient et efficace du vaccin.
Rejoignez l'Africa CDC, le CGD et l'Association Africaine d'Économie et Politique de la Santé (AfHEA) pour le premier événement public avec l'Unité d'Économie de la Santé - une discussion virtuelle sur le rôle de la modélisation et des preuves économiques pour informer les stratégies d'achat et de distribution du vaccin COVID-19. Les décideurs politiques et les chercheurs discuteront des méthodes permettant d'atteindre l'objectif de l'Union africaine de vacciner 60 % de la population du continent, d'équilibrer les priorités économiques et épidémiologiques et de tirer les leçons de la réponse africaine au COVID-19 à ce jour.

Si vous avez des questions à poser à nos panélistes, veuillez les soumettre à This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tweeter @CGDev #CGDTalks, ou soumettre vos commentaires via YouTube.


Inscrivez-vous ci-dessus pour recevoir un rappel de la diffusion sur le web avant l'événement et accéder aux traductions. La vidéo sera également diffusée en direct sur les réseau sociaux (sans traduction simultanée). Une vidéo avec sous-titrage sera mise en ligne après la clôture de l'événement.

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Extension of Deadline for Abstracts Submission

The African Health Economics & Policy Association (AfHEA) is extending the deadline for submission of individual abstracts for the upcoming March 2022 conference to October 31, 2021. The deadline for submission of proposals for organised sessions remains unchanged: October 31, 2021.

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Extension of Deadline for Abstracts Submission

The African Health Economics & Policy Association (AfHEA) is extending the deadline for submission of individual abstracts for the upcoming March 2022 conference to October 31, 2021. The deadline for submission of proposals for organised sessions remains unchanged: October 31, 2021.

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Call for Applications for Executive Director of AfHEA

The Board of Trustees of the African Health Economics and Policy Association (AfHEA) hereby invites applications from qualified candidates to apply for the position of Executive Director (ED) of AfHEA. This is a part-time position with a commitment requirement of about 2 days per week (0.4 FTE), sometimes outside normal working hours (evenings and weekends).

Although AfHEA’s head office is located in Accra, Ghana, the ED is not required to be resident in or relocate to Ghana, but can work from elsewhere in Africa with support from a capable staff based in Accra. Kindly note that AfHEA does not make payments for relocation or provide expatriate benefits of any kind.

The Executive Director reports to the Chair of the Board of Trustees and is responsible for providing leadership and direction to the Association including oversight over staff and ensuring efficient use of AfHEA’s resources.

The Executive Director is also the head of the Executive Committee, which together with the Secretariat, is in charge of the day-to-day running of the Association’s affairs. Other members of the Executive Committee include: up to 3 Deputy Directors, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, and Membership Secretary. The Director of Operations and the Finance and Accounting Officer are both ex-officio members of the executive committee.

Main duties and responsibilities of the Executive Director

Strategic guidance, oversight and accountability

  • Undertake initiatives and activities pursuant to the aims and objectives of the Association,
  • Oversee the execution of the policies and resolutions of the General Assembly as guided by AfHEA’s governance structures
  • Guide the design, oversight and accountability of AfHEA’s business strategies, plans and budgets and their approval by the Board
  • Assist in setting goals for performance, growth, sustainability and self-sufficiency for the association
  • Recommend appointments to the Board of Trustees for any Executive Committee position that becomes vacant, or otherwise as the need arises

Management functions

  • Supervise, directly or indirectly, all other officers of the Association and hold them to account in the performance of their duties through clear performance appraisals and supportive supervision

Resource mobilization and financial management

  • Maintain overall responsibility for the financial management and administration of the Association in collaboration with the Director of Operations
  • Promote fundraising ventures and build and manage relationships with partners including donors in collaboration with AfHEA board, executive committee and Director of Operations

Oversight and guidance for statutory meetings of AfHEA

  • Work with Board of Trustee leadership to prepare for board meetings and attend Board meetings in an ex-officio capacity
  • Convene meetings of the Executive Committee on a regular basis
  • Oversight for the planning and convening of AfHEA’s Scientific Conferences in collaboration with the Board and designated committees

Strategic Partnerships and external engagements

  • Proactively support new and existing strategic partnerships for AfHEA to advance brand visibility in collaboration with the Board, Executive Committee and membership
  • Represent the Association externally for any lawful purpose


  • Undertake any further tasks that may be assigned by the Board, as may be required

Candidate profile

  • Advanced degree in Health Economics, Health Policy or relevant field with 10 years+ work experience in Africa.
  • Proven experience managing NGO operations, membership associations or other similar roles
  • Access to a strong network of health economists and health policy makers across Africa
  • Demonstrable proficiency in the underlisted core competencies:
    • organizational and leadership abilities,
    • strategic planning,
    • business development,
    • strategic partnerships for common shared values,
    • team cohesion,
    • clear decision-making and problem-solving, including conflict resolution
    • professional integrity and workplace ethics,
  • Understanding of business functions such as Human Resource, financial management, marketing etc.
  • Track record of successful fundraising activities and resource mobilization with public and private sector entities
  • Experience working with Boards of Trustees
  • Excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills
  • Fluency in English and French is an added advantage.

AfHEA offers a competitive remuneration package, but kindly note that AfHEA does not make payments for relocation or provide expatriate benefits of any kind.

Application requirements

Candidates must submit a curriculum vitae in English or French together with a motivation statement (not more than two pages) clearly stating why they are interested in the position and how they meet the requirements of the candidate profile.

All applications should be sent to the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The deadline for submission of applications is: November 12, 2021.

The successful candidate is expected to take office on April 1, 2022, but will be required to understudy the outgoing executive director during a transition period not exceeding three months. 

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