The South African Cochrane Centre (SACC) is celebrating its 15th Anniversary. To mark this achievement SACC is inviting all African Cochrane contributors to participate the African Cochrane Indaba entitled ‘Global Evidence, Local Application’. This event will create opportunities for sharing, learning and development. Participants will have a chance to: share experiences in working in evidence-based healthcare; participate in relevant workshops and capacity development events to promote on-going learning related to Cochrane Review production and dissemination; and engage in rigorous discussion about how to ensure the evidence that Cochrane generates is promoted and communicated optimally to healthcare decision-makers. The objectives of the African Cochrane Indaba are: capacity development on methods issues for Cochrane reviews; sharing best practices regarding dissemination of evidence; deciphering and using the evidence; and sharing experiences and networking.
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An invitation is extended to healthcare practitioners, educators, psychologists, social workers, sexual health and rights policymakers and advocates to attend this milestone congress. Sexual health and rights are fundamental human rights and this conference intends to promote the advancement of these throughout Africa.
The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York is implementing an African Academic Diaspora Support to African Universities Program. In the early part of 2019, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa intends to recruit 50 doctoral students in the social science and humanities from accredited public universities in Africa and place them under the College to benefit from the mentorship program. As part of this initiative, CODESRIA intends to recruit 15 senior academics from the Diaspora to complement existing academics who are already serving in the College of Mentors. Selected mentors and mentees will be brought together at a ‘College of mentors’ summer institute scheduled to take place in August 2019. The institute will provide the opportunity for mentors and mentees to get to interact directly learn more about each other’s research interests and get to establish supervisory unions on the basis of shared interests. The call specifically targets senior African Diaspora in the social sciences, humanities and higher education studies based at universities in North America, Europe or Asia. African academics based at universities or other higher education and research institutions in Africa but outside of their own countries may also apply. Mentors will be compensated with a modest honorarium after a midterm review of the project. African academics in the Diaspora wishing to be considered should send detailed current CV’s and a brief note expressing interest to serve in the College.
The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) in partnership with Ipas, Guttmacher Institute, Gynuity Health Projects and Ibis Reproductive Health is pleased to announce a call for applications to support up-to four African doctoral candidates undertaking dissertation research on the topic of abortion. These organisations have been involved in efforts to eliminate deaths and injuries from unsafe abortion, as well as increasing women's ability to exercise their sexual and reproductive health and rights globally. The dissertation grant is designed to bridge strategic gaps in research capacity and knowledge management to help researchers, health professionals and policymakers to increase their contribution in addressing issues related to abortion. The ADDRF Program will award up to four (4) fellowships in 2018 to doctoral students. These fellowships will be awarded to doctoral students who are within two years of completing their thesis.
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.
CODESRIA’s Program on Humanities is organising a two day workshop on the sidelines of the bi-annual Pan-Africa Film and Television Festival in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in partnership with la Guilde Africaine des Réalisateurs et Producteurs on “‘Emergence’ on Screen and on Stage.” It explores the idea of emergence in various forms: the spouse emerging from an abusive marriage, the student emerging from a period of scholarly mediocrity, the person emerging from a life of poverty and hardship, the community finally freeing itself from the oppressive tyrant and the poor society attaining the heights of wealth all embody the idea of the shedding of shackles to achieve better states of being. Practitioners interested in participating in the workshop are invited to send papers of 5000 words and a CV with full contact details including email addresses and phone numbers to CODESRIA no later than December 27. See website for details.
About 2.4 million doctors, nurses, and midwives are needed in fifty-seven countries with critical health care shortages. The challenge is greatest in sub-Saharan Africa which has only three percent of the world’s health workers and twenty-four percent of the global burden of disease. There is an increasing recognition that the private sector can strengthen public health systems by offering resources, knowledge, and skills. Duke University will host a conference on November 29-December 1 2007 in Durham , North Carolina , USA , to identify successful and emerging private sector responses to the health care worker shortage.
The African Health Economics and Policy Association (AfHEA) is hosting the fifth Scientific Conference in Accra, Ghana from 11 to 14 March, 2019. The broad theme of the conference is: Securing PHC for all: the foundation for making progress on UHC in Africa. This broad theme acknowledges the important role of PHC in the achievement of UHC. Strengthening PHC improves equity, accessibility and quality of care. Similarly, UHC ensures access to needed good quality health services irrespective of ability to pay. The two are therefore closely related. PHC is the main gateway to healthcare for the majority of the population, especially for those living in rural and underserved communities. A well-functioning PHC system will be able to respond to the health care needs of most of the population, including preventive, promotive and non-specialist clinical care, at a much lower cost than if similar services were provided at higher levels of the health care system. The conference will explore how securing PHC for all is a more cost-effective way to move towards the UHC agenda of any country, particularly for low income and lower middle income countries (LICs/LMICs) where the resource constraints are more severe.
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 broad theme : Securing Primary Health Care (PHC) for all: the foundation for making progress on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Africa. Sub-Themes are: Health system strengthening; The effectiveness of aid in the building of health systems; PHC and Healthcare financing; Factors affecting access to healthcare and efforts/challenges in securing PHC; Key methodological changes in health economics and policy analysis specific to Africa; The role of research institutions and donors in building capacity in health economics and policy analysis. Abstracts may be submitted in English or French . Authors should submit individual abstracts online by October 31 at http://afhea.org/en/conferences/afhea-2019/submit-individual-abstracts. Proposals for organised sessions can be submitted by November 30 at http://afhea.org/en/conferences/afhea-2019/organised-session-abstract.
The African Health Economics & Policy Association (AfHEA) was set up in March 2009 as a membership-based non-profit association of Africans and non-Africans including students working on Africa-related issues in the fields of health economics, financing and policy. The theme of the 2016 AfHEA conference will be: “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Grand Convergence and Health in Africa". The conference aims to: help define the research agenda and identify research gaps regarding the conference theme; ensure a minimum of 20 African countries and 200 participants from Africa (both Francophone and Anglophone) attend conference; attendance from at least 10 globally recognised experts on African health economics and policy; at least 120 abstracts presented; publish all abstracts and posters of conference both in hard copy and electronically (online); identify currently emerging and priority research areas for African countries and regional bodies; outputs from the AfHEA conference are translated into policy notes and communicated to decision makers. The target audience is researchers, policy makers, health professionals, academics and students, practitioners from Ministries of Health, Finance and related agencies, individuals from the NGO and community-based organisations, and others with a research or policy interest in the subject areas covered by AfHEA.