Call For Abstracts Southern African Health Journal 2021-09-08T10:00:15+00:00

Call for Abstracts Southern African Health Journal

This year’s theme, ‘A global perspective on the Healthcare Landscape‘, aims to bring greater coherence to the many and diverse shifts in healthcare, resulting in the emergence of a new ecosystem. The pace of these changes will be analysed, including the role of COVID-19 as a catalyst.

Taking the appropriate steps and adopting strategies at the right time will enable leaders to transform our healthcare ecosystem. Healthcare reform is essential for harmonizing and defining our future landscape, while putting the health citizen first.

This year’s Health Journal will seek to provide practical measures towards achieving the healthcare system we want and all abstracts should be in-line with the theme: A global perspective on the Healthcare Landscape.

Closing date for submission is 30 September 2021.

High-level topics for this year’s journal include:

  • Environmental analysis
  • Addressing ethical leadership in healthcare
  • Current trends shaping the health ecosystem to the future we want
  • A framework to accelerate gender equality in healthcare
  • NHI Bill fit for purpose – the need to put the health citizen first
  • Universal Healthcare Coverage and the global agenda
  • Health system diagnosis and gap analysis – Before any significant reform can be implemented, it is necessary to identify where and why the existing health system is failing.
  • The African continental free trade area, launched in 2021, may have huge implications for healthcare. What is the potential impact of the AfCFTA and how do we leverage this?
  • Consumer behaviour patterns driven by pandemics have the potential to alter many facets of the health care system. How can businesses adapt to shifting customer demands and prepare for the future of health?
  • Is mental health the next pandemic or are schemes providing enough benefits to address a rise in mental health cases?
  • Patient-centered care: enhancing quality by approaching treatment from the patient’s perspective
  • The role of funders in ensuring access to quality of health service during a pandemic

We look forward to receiving and reviewing your work. Abstracts should reflect a strong understanding of the landscape in which we find ourselves and show a long-term view to addressing healthcare reform and strengthening the healthcare ecosystem.

Selected abstracts will be published in the BHF’s peer-reviewed Health Journal and across the BHF digital platforms.

Submission guidelines:

  1. Abstracts must be submitted here.
  2. Submissions must be made on the above link provided. Email submissions will not be accepted.
  3. BHF will directly communicate with those who wish to submit a paper separately.

Deadline for abstracts:

30 September 2021

Submissions: Online only. Email submissions will not be accepted.

The requirements are as follows:

  • Category theme for the submission, please see the list above.
  • Methods: briefly describe project/study design and results.
  • Abstracts must be original work.
  • Abstracts must be submitted by the presenting author.
  • Abstracts must not exceed two pages.
  • Abstracts are to be submitted in PDF format only.
  • Abstracts must be single spaced, Arial Font, size 12 and be a maximum of 300 words.
  • Authors must provide the affiliation(s) such as department, organization, and location).
  • Conclusion must be supported by results/outcomes of the study/project.

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Important information to note regarding the final paper.

  • All details regarding your peer reviewer will be sent to you in due course.
  • The first submission should be no later than the 19th October 2021.
  • The final paper should be pitched at a level which is accessible to an audience which is not very technical yet at the same time be based on strong scientific evidence.
  • Please note that the journal has to be published by the 1st November 2021 as such your final draft should be submitted by the 26th October 2021.


Further details and guidelines for the paper are as follows:

  • Papers must be submitted in Word format (only).
  • Executive summary (200-250 words)
  • Make 1-inch margins on the top, bottom, and sides.
  • Use Arial font, size 12.
  • 1.5 spacing throughout the entire paper.
  • Referencing to be excluded from word count.
  • Tables, graphs, appendices can be submitted.
  • Minimum 2000 words.
  • Maximum 2500 words. This includes the executive summary.
  • Submit the first draft to the peer reviewer on or before 19th October


The authors should use a Harvard referencing style throughout the paper. Kindly see the link below for assistance in Harvard referencing:

Authors are advised to download Mendeley or Zotero for assistance in managing their references.

Best Paper Titanium Award.

Please also note that as part of this process, all papers will be nominated for ‘best paper Titanium Award’, please take note of the criteria stated below:

  • Is the paper relevant?
  • Does it address the intended topic?
  • Does this paper add new knowledge?
  • Are key concepts introduced and explained clearly?
  • Are methods and assumptions explained clearly?
  • Are there clear conclusions and recommendations?
  • Is the paper well-written and well-structured?
  • Does the paper have enough substance?
  • Consistency in referencing
  • Is the technical approach sound and well-chosen?
  • Can one trust the claims of the paper — are they supported by proper background and evaluation (with the target users, when appropriate)?
  • Title: Is the paper appropriate for its title?
  • Problem addressed: Does it describe what the author hoped to achieve accurately, and clearly state the problem being investigated?
  • Executive Summary: Does the executive summary provide sufficient detail on the paper?
  • Introduction: Is the introduction appropriate? (The introduction should summarize relevant research to provide context, and explain what other authors’ findings are, if any)
  • Background: Does the paper present relevant work?
  • Alternative views/perspectives: Does it provide one or more perspectives against which to contrast this paper?
  • Major difficulties / shortcomings: Does it describe the limitations and major obstacles found during the process?
  • Open research avenues: Does it explain the future perspectives that the work opens?

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