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CHEPSAA colleagues to present at Prince Mahidol Conference

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Two abstracts prepared by colleagues who are part of the teams implementing the Consortium for Health Policy and Systems Analysis in Africa (CHEPSAA) have been accepted for presentation at the Prince Mahidol Award Conference.


The conference, which will take place in Bangkok, Thailand in January 2014 has the theme of Transformative Learning for Health Equity. A total of 69 abstracts were selected for the conference.

The first of the two abstracts is entitled Core competencies for health policy and systems researchers and educators in Africa: development and curriculum design and was prepared by Nonhlanhla Nxumalo (University of the Witwatersrand), Marsha Orgill (University of Cape Town) and Lucy Gilson (University of Cape Town). This presentation will focus on key aspects of CHEPSAA’s work, in particular the development of a set of core capabilities for educators and researchers in the field of health policy and systems research and analysis (HPSR+A) and the process of designing CHEPSAA’s programme for emerging leaders in the field of HPSR+A in Africa. This programme for emerging leaders will seek to build some of the core capabilities identified. The core capabilities are also informing CHEPSAA’s efforts to develop open-access curricula for master’s courses in the field of HPSR+A.

The second abstract was developed by Wolde Amde from the University of the Western Cape (UWC). Wolde is on UWC’s CHEPSAA team, but this particular abstract, entitled Strengthening capacity for health workforce development in sub Saharan African: a multi-country initiative is not derived from CHEPSAA work.

CHEPSAA is a European Union-funded consortium of African and European universities which seeks to increase African capacity to produce and use high-quality HPSR+A.
The authors will know by September whether they will be required to do oral or poster presentations.