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RECENT AND UPCOMING EVENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS

Introduction to Economic Evaluation for Decision-Making in Health: Short Course in Vaccine Economics 

Dates: 19 – 21 April 2018

Venue: School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Policy makers in low and middle-income countries regularly apply economic principles to healthcare decision-making. To do this well requires greater expertise in applied health economics. A professional team of health economists from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, WITS School of Public Health, Indian Institute of Hospital Management Research (IIHMR) University, Aga Khan University, and Makerere University have developed a series of training workshops to strengthen skills related to economics and financing of national immunization programs and to improve the sustainability of vaccine delivery in low and middle-income countries. The program will provide a rare and unique opportunity to interact with subject experts.

This short course will provide beginner content in economic evaluation, building upon theoretical concepts in cost-effectiveness analysis and cost-effectiveness modeling using pertinent research questions from fields in global infectious disease and vaccine outcomes.

Participants will, on completion, be awarded a Faculty of Health Science, University of Witwatersrand Certificate of Attendance.

A limited number of grants are available to cover travel, accommodation, per diems and registration fees of prospective participants. Priority will be given on a first come, first serve basis to applicants who work in EPI programs, National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (NITAG) and partners from GAVI-eligible countries in Southern Africa. Funded participants would ideally be familiar with the basic use of Microsoft Excel and have some experience working on planning, managing or budgeting for vaccine and immunization programs. If you wish to attend this workshop, please send through a completed  application, together with a copy of your latest CV and motivation letter to (winfrida.mdewa@wits.ac.za). Application deadline: 14th March 2018

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Advanced Economic Evaluation: Decision Analytical Modelling; Workshop in Vaccine Economics

Dates: 23 – 25 April 2018

Venue: School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

This workshop will build on the Introduction to Economic Evaluation for Decision-Making in Health short course and cover advanced topics in decision analytical modelling for economic evaluation through a hands-on approach. Participants will perform basic analyses using complex inputs and will be guided, in a step-by-step approach, in building a Markov model using Microsoft Excel.

This workshop is designed for professionals and academics with some experience conducting cost-effectiveness analyses. Target participants would therefore, be familiar with approaches in economic evaluation and be proficient in the use of Microsoft Excel.

If you wish to attend this workshop, please send through a completed  application, together with a copy of your latest CV and motivation letter to (winfrida.mdewa@wits.ac.za). Application deadline: 14th March 2018

View the flyer for the course


EVENTS IN 2018

Training workshop in Applied Vaccine Economics

Date: 9th to the 11th and repeated from the 14th to the 16th of February 2018

Venue: School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Policy makers in low and middle-income countries regularly apply economic principles to healthcare decision-making. To do this well requires greater expertise in applied health economics. A professional team of health economists from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, WITS School of Public Health, Indian Institute of Hospital Management Research (IIHMR) University, Aga Khan University, and Makerere University have developed a series of training workshops to strengthen skills related to economics and financing of national immunization programs and to improve the sustainability of vaccine delivery in low and middle-income countries. The program will provide a rare and unique opportunity to interact with subject experts. The workshop will cover the concepts of vaccine economics and vaccine supply chain model through a hands-on approach. Participants will use the HERMES software to build a model of a real-world supply chain from its various components, identify and assess critical measures of the system’s operational and economic “health” and test the effects of new technology and policy changes on the system.

The workshop is designed for professionals and academics who are involved in planning and implementation of immunization programs and projects. Target participants would therefore, include government representatives (national, state-level, district-level) engaged with immunization, NITAG members, GAVI program managers, other policy makers, and academics. A limited number of grants are available to cover the travel, accommodation, per diems and registration fees of prospective participants. Priority will be given to applicants who work in EPI programs, National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (NITAG) and partners from GAVI-eligible countries in Southern Africa.  Funded participants would ideally be familiar with the basic use of Microsoft Excel and have some experience working on planning, managing or budgeting for vaccine and immunization programs. 

The course will run from the 9th to the 11th and from the 14th to the 16th of February 2018 at the School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Please note that both these workshops cover the same material and participants may only apply for one. If you wish to attend this workshop, please send through a completed  application, together with a copy of your latest CV and motivation letter to (winfrida.mdewa@wits.ac.za) no later than  15th of January 2018.  Please indicate your preferred date of attendance on the application form. Please note that slots on the respective dates will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 


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EVENTS IN 2017

Short Course in Applied Vaccine Economics: An Introduction to Economic Evaluation

Date: 11-13 November 2017

Venue: School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Overview:Policy makers in low and middle income countries regularly apply economic principles to healthcare decision-making. To do this well requires greater expertise in applied health economics. PRICELESS SA, in collaboration with experts from John Hopkins University, Aga Khan University, Makerere University and the Public Health Foundation of India, has developed a series of short courses to build capacity in the application of economic principles to immunization program policies. This particular short course aimed to introduce participants to economic evaluation and its application to decision-making. A limited number of scholarships will be funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

View the flyer for more information.


Capacity Building Workshop in Applied Vaccine Economics: An Introduction to Economic Evaluation

Date: 18th -20th August 2017 

Venue: School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Workshop Overview Policy makers in low and middle income countries regularly apply economic principles to healthcare decision-making. To do this well requires greater expertise in applied health economics. PRICELESS SA, in collaboration with experts from John Hopkins University, Aga Khan University, Makerere University and the Public Health Foundation of India, has developed a series of training workshops to build capacity in the application of economic principles to immunization program policies. This particular workshop aims to introduce participants to economic evaluation and its application to decision-making. A limited number of scholarships will be funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Registration: Please confirm attendance to Winfrida Mdewa (winfrida.mdewa@wits.ac.za) and Aarika Sing (aarika.sing@wits.ac.za) by 21st June 2017, indicating your current institution affiliation and title. Please also submit a recent CV if you wish to be considered for the travel and accommodation grant.

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Launch of “Fiscal Policies for Population Health in SA” Report

The launch of the report was held on the 24 January 2017 at the Resource Centre,  PRICELESS SA, Wits School of Public Health

The Inquiry on Fiscal Policies for Health is an exploratory consultative research endeavour to explore the potential uses of fiscal policy tools to address and prevent disease in South Africa. The Inquiry was structured around a research secretariat housed at PRICELESS SA at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Public Health, and an advisory panel. 

The panel, chaired by Kate O’Regan and Leila Patel, consisted of experts drawn from across the South African public sector, private sector and academia. This report documents the findings of the Inquiry on Fiscal Policies for Health. We find preliminary evidence that fiscal measures – including taxes and subsidies – can save lives, cut costs and raise revenue. These fiscal measures could thus help to reduce inequalities in health and contribute to progress towards meeting numerous SDG targets. 


PRICELESS SA, Wits School of Public Health launched the FISCAL POLICIES FOR POPULATION HEALTH IN SOUTH AFRICA REPORT, as well as a related WHO REPORT, Fiscal Policies for Diet and Prevention of Non communicable disease.

Launch agenda

Event report

Publication - FISCAL POLICIES FOR POPULATION HEALTH IN SOUTH AFRICA REPORT

WHO report - Fiscal Policies for Diet and Prevention of Non communicable disease

International Seminar on Using Evidence for Decision-Making and Health Benefits Package Design

Monday, March 6th, 2017–Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 Sheraton Pretoria, South Africa

The seminar aimed to: (i) Describe the role of health benefits plans in modern health systems, drawing practical policy and implementation lessons (ii) Present and discuss a range of concrete examples from low- and middle-income countries (iii) Discuss how health benefits plan-based policies can be operationalized considering resource and information constraints as well as context (iv) Pilot the workshop material and provide feedback into the final version of a book based on the material

Please see link for all documents and presentations related to the event 


South-South Knowledge Sharing Workshop: Use of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) to inform health policy decisions and health benefit package design

15th November 2016 at Irene Country Lodge

The event was hosted by iDSI partners, PRICELESS-SA (Wits University School of Public Health, South Africa) and the Global Health and Development Group (Imperial College London, UK) and aimed to bring together representatives from the Global South to discuss the role and use of HTA as a critical tool on the path to Universal Health Coverage. 


Participants from Cambodia, China, Ghana, India, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand and the UK shared their country experiences of the development of HTA and discussed and draw upon lessons of using HTA to influence health policy decisions and health benefits package design. The workshop was an opportunity for networking and strengthening South-South partnerships.

This workshop focused on sharing international experiences of HTA and its influence on health policy decisions. Participants were able to explore and share strategies for improved regional networking and the development of HTA Hubs, providing an opportunity to further strengthen South-South partnerships in evidence-informed priority setting.




SUGAR TAX NEWS

PRICELESS SA is delighted to note that the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, announced in his Budget Speech on 24 February the introduction of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages effective from April 2017.

This is a action that PRICELESS has long advocated, and for which we have produced much research - available on this site. We believe it will have a very beneficial impact on the health of many South Africans.


iDSI

International Decision Support Initiative awarded US$12.8 grant from the Gates Foundation



MEETINGS AND WORKSHOPS

Capacity-building meeting - March 17 and 18, 2016

In order to provide universal health care in South Africa over the next two decades, specific high impact interventions will need to be identified for benefit packages. The prioritization process must occur in a fair, equitable, and cost-effective manner. Capacity is provided to support policy-making and priority setting that is sensitive to changes in both the level and the distribution of health. This necessitates the strengthening of public health sector absorptive capacity and building the expertise of individual research staff in priority setting. A workshop with local and overseas experts - including Prof. Tony Culyer from York University - was held at PRICELESS in March 2016 to discuss strengthening capacity. 

Third Fiscal Event 

The 16 February meeting of the Expert Panel of the Inquiry on Fiscal Policies for Health (IFPH) was the third and final meeting of the group at which the IFPH secretariat presented to the panel the results of the research and modelling undertaken. The findings of the secretariat and discussion of the panel will inform the final IFPH report.


Members of the PRICELESS SA team attended the Prince Mahidol Award Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, January 2016.

                                                                                                                                                   Visiting HITAP in Bangkok

        
Priority Partners from across the globe      PRICELESS Sub-Saharan Africa Workshop PMAC                                 



First IDSI South Africa Meeting Summary