The Public Health Conference is organized every year by Public Health Association of South Africa to bring together public health professionals, researchers, policy-makers, academics, students and trainees to strengthen efforts to improve health and well-being, share the latest research and information, to promote best practices and to advocate for public health issues and policies grounded in research. The organisers note that 2020 stands at a cross road of two major events: it marks 20 years’ anniversary of PHASA; and 10 years away from the 2030 sustainable development agenda. The Symposia core themes include: ‘health and wellbeing’, ‘universal health coverage’, and ‘sustainable cities and communities’.
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Racial Equity 2030 calls for bold solutions to drive an equitable future for children, their families and communities. This $90 million challenge seeks ideas from anywhere in the world and will scale them over the next decade to transform the systems and institutions that uphold inequity. Solutions may tackle the social, economic, political or institutional inequities one sees today. Teams of visionaries, change agents and community leaders from every sector are invited to join. Up to 10 Finalists will each receive a one-year $1 million planning grant and nine months of capacity-building support to further develop their project and strengthen their application. At least three awardees will each receive a $20 million grant and two will each receive a $10 million grant. Grants will be paid out over nine years.
The School of Public Health at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, equips graduates with the knowledge and skills to contribute to transforming the health and social development sectors in developing countries and improving the health status of populations. Students can study while they work, and gain credits incrementally towards a Master of Public Health (MPH) or Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in Public Health. These flexible, modular programmes use e-learning as its key learning and teaching medium, with optional contact sessions in Cape Town in February/March and June/July every year. Entry requirement is a three year Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in any relevant discipline; and a minimum of one year work experience in the health or social development sectors.
This year the Global symposium on health systems research will take place over a three-phase virtual symposium. During the original dates scheduled for the event in Dubai – 8th to 12th November – there will be a shorter and smaller version of the usual symposium, with skills building sessions, and special panels, and three half days (10th to 12th) of plenary, a parallel sessions, and virtual networking. The second phase will feature two rounds of parallel sessions every two weeks from the end of November through to March 2021. This will enable more opportunities to more speakers than otherwise would have been possible. The second phase will be organised according to the HSR2020 sub-themes and some of these series will be hosted by Thematic Working Groups. The organisers aim for the third phase in March 2021 to take place face-to-face in Dubai, that will seek to synthesize the main learnings coming from HSR2020 and consider how they can best be applied to health systems. This will likely be a smaller invitation-only event and will have a strong focus on engaging with policy and decision-makers who can translate evidence into action.
The editors of the 2021 edition of the South African Health Review (SAHR) invite the submission of abstracts that examine health-sector responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Preference will be given to abstracts on topics that consider: the impact of COVID-19 on existing health services and programmes; the impact of socio-economic disparities on prevention and treatment; the rationing of healthcare services and implications for equity of access; strengthening of the country’s social compact, and emergence of innovative collaborations and partnerships; impact of measures taken to balance saving lives with saving livelihoods; and/or emerging lessons for the future management and prevention of pandemics and other public health emergencies.
The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa and The Centre for African Studies in Basel call for applications for their 4th Summer School in African Studies and Area Studies in Africa. The overall objective of the Summer School is to stimulate and consolidate interdisciplinary approaches to research on Africa, but also on other regions of the world undertaken from within the African continent. The Summer School is open for PhD students and emerging scholars enrolled and working at Higher Education institutions in any country. Applications in the following disciplines are highly encouraged: Social Anthropology, Sociology, History, Religion, Philosophy, Gender studies and Political science.
The International Labour Review (ILR) is calling for the submission of papers related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the world of work with a view to the publication of a special multidisciplinary issue in English, French and Spanish. Submissions are encouraged from all fields related to the world of work, such as economics, law, industrial relations, social policy, sociology, psychosocial studies, environmental studies and history.
The 6th South African TB Conference is a platform for stakeholders from government, the private sector, academia, NGO’s, and advocacy groups to share experiences and plan strategic initiatives. The programme will include international faculty and globally recognised local participants that will cover key cross-cutting themes (drug-sensitive TB, drug-resistant TB, paediatric TB, HIV/TB co-infection, EPTB, and prevention, diagnosis and treatment) across 4 thematic tracks (clinical science, basic science, public health including health systems and surveillance and human rights/ stigma/ advocacy).
The purpose of the AIAC Fellowship is to support the production of original work and new knowledge on Africa-related topics that are under-recognized and under-covered in traditional media, new media, and other public forums. It particularly seeks to amplify voices and perspectives from the left that address the major political, social, and economic issues affecting Africans in ways that are original, accessible, and engaging to a variety of audiences. Fellows will be writers and/or other cultural/intellectual producers who can contribute meaningfully to transforming and expanding knowledge about Africa and the diaspora. Each fellow will receive a grant of up to US$3,000 to create original work on a topic of their choice for AIAC over a 9-month period. While most fellows will produce essays and/or reporting and analysis, AIAC are also open to work in other formats, such as photo essays, documentary videos, and more. Fiction, poetry, and fine and performing arts are not eligible for support from this program.
There is an opportunity for postdoctoral researchers in Africa to pursue their own research projects, thereby indirectly strengthening academia in African countries. The scholarship offers access to the Institute's library and other resources that provide for a stimulating research environment. The maximum duration of the stay is 90 days, minimum is 60 days. The scholarship includes a return air-fare (economy class), accommodation, a subsistence allowance plus an installation grant and access to a workspace and desk computer. Guest Researchers have the possibility to present their research at the Nordic Africa Institute and to visit other institutions in the Nordic countries.