International Development Research Centre supports AfHEA on Economics of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Interventions in selected West African countries (EcASaRH) Research Project
The African Health Economics and Policy Association (AfHEA) is implementing a project funded by the International Development and Research Centre (IDRC). This project aims to address a critical health sector knowledge gap relating to adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) in West Africa, specifically Ghana and Senegal. The project titled: Economics of adolescent sexual and reproductive health interventions in Ghana and Senegal (EcASaRH) was signed off in February 2019 and officially kick-started in April 2019. It is to be implemented over four years (4 years). The implementation of the project is led by Prof. John E. Ataguba, the Deputy Executive Director for AfHEA in charge of Capacity Building and assisted by identified research consultants and AfHEA staff.
We invite you to participate in an important online survey AfHEA is conducting among its network. AfHEA is working with Humentum, an independent organizational capacity strengthening firm, to review and strengthen our operational systems to better serve our membership and achieve our mission. We value your feedback as we undertake this important initiative. The survey will take you approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.
We know that your time is limited and hope you will find this a quick and interesting learning experience. All of your individual information will be kept completely confidential but the aggregate survey results will be shared with our donors and partners, as well as with Humentum. Your thoughts could make a real difference and allow us to better serve you and our other stakeholders.
Thank you for being a valued member of the AfHEA community and for taking the time to consider this message. We truly appreciate it.
UPDATE AND ANNOUNCEMENT ON AfHEA TRANSITION PROCESS
We trust you are keeping well and safe in these difficult times of Covid-19.
At the Rabat Conference in September 2016, the AfHEA executive was mandated by members to start a process of leadership and governance transition, including the appointment of three deputy executive directors as part of grooming of potential future leadership, renewing most of the membership of the Board of Trustees, and updating other organs and processes of the association. Key aspects of that transition have since been carried out, including the renewal of the Board and some executive positions, and the setting up of a Transition Committee by the Board to oversee the transition sand make detailed proposals for carrying the process out. Three Deputy Executive Directors were appointed by the board (before it was itself renewed), for Capacity Building, Institutional Development and Business Development.
an invitation to participate in a survey to identify teaching institutions
This is a critical time for teaching health economics in sub Saharan Africa. Many countries are journeying towards Universal Health Coverage while transitioning from donor funding, and the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the essential convergence between health and behaviors, health financing, health systems and macroeconomics in decision-making and health policy. The need for local health economists in Africa has never been more acute, but we have very little coordinated knowledge of where teaching health economics is taking place, what is being taught and how many graduates are being produced. This survey seeks to provide these answers and more.
The survey is a unique collaborative effort coordinated by the Health Economics Unit, University of Cape Town and supported by the International Decision Support Initiative (iDSI), the African Health Economics and Policy Association (AfHEA), and the Teaching Helath Economics Special Interest Group of the International Health Economics Association (iHEA). It aims to generate a clear picture of teaching health economics in sub-Saharan Africa, providing a foundation for collaboration and planning and enabling a collective and locally-driven vision for the future of health economics on the continent. The survey is available in English and French and is aimed at post graduate degree coordinators at institutions in sub-Saharan Africa that are teaching health economics, the survey link is available below.
Completion date for the survey is Wednesday, 17th June 2020
Dear colleagues, below is a table showing the various AfHEA membership categories and rates. Beginning from July 1 2019, some rates have been revised. Full Ordinary and Associate membership rates have been revised as follows;
The first step of the abstracts' review process is complete and the scientific committee is pleased to announce that the results will be progressively sent to authors within the next 15 days. A second quality control procedure is currently underway for some abstracts.
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La première étape du processus de révision des résumés est terminée et le comité scientifique est heureux d'annoncer que les résultats seront envoyés progressivement aux auteurs dans les 15 prochains jours. Une deuxième étape de contrôle de la qualité est actuellement en cours pour certains résumés.
The co-chairs of the Scientific Committee and Management of African Health Economics and Policy Association (AfHEA) take this opportunity to politely remind practitioners and researchers in the areas of health economists and financing, health systems and policy, public health, implementation science, including policy makers and advocates etc. 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 October 2018 at midnight.
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!
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: