27 January 2015 -The Consortium for Health Policy & Systems Analysis in Africa(CHEPSAA) held its
Africa networking meeting in Johannesburg from 27 - 29 January 2015. Organised by the Centre for Health
Policy, the meeting attracted over 60 delegates from around the world including a number of guest participants
who were exposed to CHEPSAA for the first time.
The event aimed to showcase some of CHEPSAA's key activities over the past four years,and bring leaders in
the field together to discuss potential future areas of work to continue building the field of health policy and systems research and analysis (HPSR+A).
One area where CHP played a key role was the Emerging Leaders Programme which sought to build leaders in this field.The first cohort of 26 participants from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania attended several workshops focussed on leadership, communication, teaching and subject skills. Tangible outputs of the programme included improved facilitating skills and teaching practice, while softer skills included inspiring others, improved team work and networking for problem-solving. Five of the participants were selected to participate in a videoed 'talk show' on Day 1 to highlight the project, outline challenges and lessons learned.Click here to see the video.
Another key output of the CHEPSAA programme wasthe development of a HPSR+A curriculum of three online, Open Access courses designed through the collective output of participants. The goal was for CHEPSAA to be the 'go to' place for teaching and materials on HPSR+ A in Africa. The courses are onHealth Policy Analysis,Introduction to Complex Health Systems, (a new course in the CHP curriculum)and Introduction to Health Policy and Systems Research. The courses are available at www.hpsa-africa.org
CHEPSAA's outputs impressed the external stakeholders, in particular the Emerging Leaders Programme, the Open Access materials and the Consortium's generosity in sharing these freely. CHEPSAA was described as a very important and solid group for influencing health policy and systems in Africa.Click here to read more about the views of the external stakeholders.
The new Director of the Health Systems and Services Cluster at WHO's Regional Office for Africa, Dr Delanyo Dovlo, said CHEPSAA had been incredibly relevant in building a critical mass of researchers and analysts in health policy and systems research on the continent. Click here to read the full interview.