We are pleased to announce the launch of the Southern African Health Journal. Authors are invited to submit abstracts for papers and/or oral presentation. The peer reviewed journal will be distributed at the 20th Annual BHF Southern African Conference, which takes place from 21 to 24 July 2019 in Cape Town at the CTICC

BHF is committed to promoting evidence-based research and as such preference will be given to abstracts for paper submissions which meet the requirements for scientific paper. In light of the conference topics listed below, BHF is inviting abstracts for presentation and papers in line with 20th Annual BHF Southern African Conference theme of ‘Convergence 2030 – Healthcare Re-imagined’.

Universal Health Coverage

- Update on implementation trends from around the world

- Medical Schemes: Utilisation of scheme reserves for the provision of healthcare through PPPs


- Medical Scheme Administrators: Unpacking the bundle of services offered by administrators.

           - Managed Care: Contracting for value

- Pharmaceutical Industry: Promoting local production

- Health Professionals: Redefining healthcare Delivery

- The dark web

- Block chain

- Artificial Intelligence

- mHealth

- Electronic record inter-operable norms and standards

- Health service provider regulatory bodies: it cannot be business as usual

o Multidisciplinary approach

o Global fees

o Modernising regulatory bodies

- Strategies to manage over utilisation of health services

- Psycho Social Economic - driver of healthcare costs

- Standardised clinical pathways

- Overcoming policy and regulatory gaps (preventing innovation)

Submission guidelines:

Authors can opt to submit an abstract for oral presentation only or opt to submit an abstract for presentation and paper.

Abstracts for presentation and/or papers must be submitted by click on the tabs below.

BHF will subsequently communicate with those who wish to submit a paper separately.

Deadline for abstracts:

The closing date for abstracts for oral presentation and abstracts for paper submission is 28 February 2019.

 The requirements are as follows:

Conference Summary

As we celebrate our 20th iteration of the BHF annual Conference, the different themes from the 19 sessions have built on every nuance, action, shaping conversations that influence policy makers to advance our health systems in the region. We are excited to announce the theme for this year’s conference ‘Convergence 2030 – Healthcare reimagined’.  The conference will reflect on the past 20 years, moving past the rhetoric and reimaging our desired end state for 2030 and the role of Convergence in defining what our future healthcare will look like. A huge part of the conference will be dedicated to understanding the role of multisectoral convergence in delivering quality health services and why it is important for scaling up.  All stakeholders, payers, providers, patients, employers and the government — are increasingly interconnected.

Theme summary

Beyond the headline-grabbing controversies, a long journey lies ahead, as we navigate through the complexities of our history, ideology and reality.  Healthcare is fast evolving in response to demands for better delivery of health outcomes, Universal Health Coverage improved coordination of care; growing need for alignment between the private and public sector; unemployment; fierce competition; emerging technologies; cost containment; access and better quality of care. Succeeding in this tumultuous environment requires significant changes in the healthcare ecosystem, fundamentally altering the role, structure and relevance of all players in the industry.  One trend that is facilitating the rapid transformation in the industry, is convergence which has facilitated the re-imagining of our system, accelerating multisectoral stakeholders collaborating outside their own four walls and redefined industry boundaries by converging business models and leveraging advanced technologies to create more value for the ‘Health Citizen’.

Why you should attend


Gain a deeper understand of the health challenges and solutions in Africa


This multi-sectoral platform presents a unique opportunity to network with influencers from different sectors.

Use the unique opportunity to network and join the conversations with influencers from different sectors and find opportunities to collaborate


Be part of the conversations that influences policy makers to advance our health systems in the region


- Track Industry roadmap – Patient Centric System

- Multisectoral scenario planning and action plan

- How can we fast forward gender parity in healthcare?

- Strengthening accountability

- Empower medical scheme trustees and POs with tools to keep up with the rapid changes in the system

- Evaluate recent developments and lessons learnt

- Promote the eradication of fraud waste and abuse in the system

- Define and understand our new healthcare ecosystem

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