Call for Abstracts ASPHA, 9th-10th December 2012, Accra

The 3rd AGM of Schools of Public Health and the 4th Global Health summit to be hosted by Association of Schools of Public Health in Africa (ASPHA) an held in Accra, Ghana, on 9 and 10 December 2010. The Theme is “Policy and Health Systems Research-The contribution of Schools of Public Health”. It will provide Schools of Public Health across the Globe a forum for sharing innovative ideas and adapting scientific knowledge specific to our particular environs to promote health, reduce disease burden and alleviate poverty to help accelerate health development in Africa. As the last continent on the block to form an Association of Schools of Public Health, Africa is happy to provide the platform for the formation of a federation of all Schools of Public Health in the world to work more concretely to set targets for us and devise mechanisms for achieving these. It is the conviction of ASPHA that through sharing in the experiences and skills of the more established Associations of Schools of Public Health such as the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), Asia Pacific Academic Consortium of Public Health (APACPH), Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER) and European Academic Global Health Alliance (EAGHA), we can develop faster and impact greater on the health of our people. We are positive that this forum will create a wonderful opportunity for networking amongst the faculty of the various Schools of Public Health.

We intend to hold two plenary sessions with speakers from all the continents as well as poster presentations during the conference.

Guidelines for Abstract Submission / Mode of Presentation

Please structure your abstract using the following headlines:

  • Title and Authors (Underline name of presenting author)
  • Aims (s) and objectives
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion

Word count limit of 250 words.

Abstracts must be in English only.

Indicate whether you are submitting for an oral or poster presentation.

Deadline of submission of abstract: 14th August, 2012 to Chairman, Planning Committee, School of Public Health, University of Ghana, P. O. Box LG 13, Legon- Accra. Abstracts may also be submitted by e-mail to You will receive an automatic confirmation e-mail once your proposal has been successfully submitted.

Authors will be notified of the acceptance of abstract by 15th October, 2012.

Conference registration (excluding lodging ): $200.00

Registration fee is payable by Bankers draft in the name of School of Public Health  University of Ghana.

Evaluation Criteria

All abstracts go through a two-step review and selection process. Proposals will first be reviewed on-line by a diverse selection of members from all areas of Public Health and Health Systems Research.

The initial review of abstracts is evaluated on a Five point scale on the following criteria:

  • Appeal – the subject is important and timely and is of interest to public health professionals.
  • Clarity of Proposal – the session description and title are clearly defined.
  • That presentation is relevant to current trends in health system research and strengthening.
  • That importance of the presentation to Public health in the African Region.
  • The relevance of the presentation towards global policy development in health systems research and strengthen.

The Selection Committee of less than ten ASPHA members will make the final selection based on the following criteria:

  • Initial Review Score – the abstract’s final score (out of 5) from the initial review and comments written by reviewers.
  • Appeal – the subject is important and timely and is of interest to public health practitioners.
  • Clarity of Proposal – the session description and title are clearly defined.
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