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AFRO-NETS> 4th International Social Sciences in Health International Conference
- Subject: AFRO-NETS> 4th International Social Sciences in Health International Conference
- From: SOMA-Net <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2000 12:15:00 -0500 (EST)
4th International Social Sciences in Health International Conference
7 - 11 August, 2000
Attached is the CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - 2nd Reminder, for the 4th Interna-
tional Social Sciences in Health International Conference, to be held
at the Grand Palm Hotel, Gaborone, Botswana 7th - 11th August 2000.
Also attached is the Conference Proposal and a Call for Case Studies
which have used social sciences to asses, analyze and improve health.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Anne M. Pertet, Ph.D.
4th International Social Sciences in Health International Conference
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - 2nd Reminder
THEME: Africa Health at Crossroads: Challenges for the next millennium
* Lessons learned
* Best Practices
* Way Forward
Social Sciences in Health (SSH) International Conferences are organized
biennially by SOMA-Net, a multidisciplinary Network of Scientists, In-
stitutions and Agencies whose primary goal is to promote and advocate
for the application of social science approaches in improving health.
SSH conferences create fora for exchange of information, ideas and fos-
ter collaboration between social and health scientists with a view to
strengthening contributions of social science to health development.
The objective of this conference is to exchange information and share
experiences on the social science interventions which have been used in
research, programmes, projects and policies in the past with the aim of
expanding on the lessons learned and coming up with Best Practices for
- Identify and describe interventions in health programmes research,
projects and policies carried out in Africa and globally;
- Expand on lessons learned from various SSH interventions;
- Document best practices for improving health;
- Formulate plans of action, methods, and strategies for strengthening
The Main Health Areas and Sub Themes are:
1.0. Special Health Care Concerns
- Nutrition security
- Reproductive Health
- Gender Health and development
2.0. Population-based Health Care initiatives
- Bamako initiative
- implementation and evaluation
- Community participation and health care
3.0 Health sector reforms
4.0. Emerging and re-emerging infections
- Ebola /Rift valley fever etc.
5.0. Recently adopted new approaches for improving health Care
- Health social sciences
- Essential national health research
- Health systems research
- Trans-disciplinary research
Plenary speakers for position papers
* Paper presentations
* Syndicate group discussions
* Plenary group presentations
* Poster presentations
- The Conference is designed to maximize opportunities for interaction
among participants around the objectives
- Whenever possible presentations will be organized into sessions with
common themes to enhance discussion
- Dedicated time will be given to both oral and poster presentations
within the schedule
Abstracts addressing the conference themes, will be selected by a com-
mittee for either poster or oral presentation. The submitter may indi-
cate their preference, but final decisions regarding acceptance of ab-
stracts and of the presentation format will be made by the selection
Poster sessions - Presenters will display their work graphically. Post-
ers will be displayed all day, but presenters must be available to dis-
cuss their work and answer questions during specified times. Detailed
guidelines will be provided after the poster is accepted.
Paper presentation - Presenters will verbally present their findings in
sessions organized by theme areas. They will be given 10 minutes to
make contributions to the theme, after which the participants break
into syndicate groups.
Abstracts may be in English or French. The entire abstract, including
title and text, and name, complete address and affiliation of author(s)
must not be more than two single spaced A4 papers. Use short, specific
titles and standard abbreviations. Underline the name and initials of
the presenter. The abstract should include the title, objectives of
study, a summary of the intervention, main findings, constraints, suc-
cesses, recommendations. The papers could be original, theoretical or
The abstracts and full papers should be sent to the SOMA-Net secre-
tariat by post, fax or E-mail
House No. 1,
Diani Close Ole Odume Rd, off Argwings Kodhek Road
P.O. Box 20811
Tel: +254-2-560-569 / 567-577
Fax: +254-2-567-577 / 560-569
All abstracts must be received at SOMA-Net offices at the above address
by 1st March 2000. For additional information or enquiries contact the
Coordinator, SOMA-Net using the same address.
Full papers to be received by 30th May 2000
Paper Presentation (15 minutes)
Audiovisual Equipment Requirements
All equipment must be ordered in advance. Only equipment specified be-
low will be available at the time of the meeting. Any additional equip-
ment requested will be charged to the presenter.
- Slide projectors
- Overhead projectors
- Flip charts
Note: Please provide a brief biographical paragraph for the introduc-
tion of the presenter of your paper for use by the Session Chairperson.
The conference registration fee is US$ 150. All participants are ex-
pected to cover their conference expenses.
A WRITERS WORKSHOP
A writers workshop will be held at the conference venue. The objectives
of this workshop are to enhance the scientists skills in preparing pub-
lishable papers in social sciences familiarize themselves in peer re-
views process, how it operates and how respond to reviews.
Prospective participants are invited to submit a fully worked up manu-
script of no more than 5000 words of relevance to one of the conference
themes to SOMA-Net by June 1, 2000. These manuscripts will be used as
the basis for the workshop. SOMA-Net will provide the resource persons.
Places for the workshop are limited. Attendance to the workshop is free
but participants should register separately for the conference and pay
the appropriate registration fee.
Participants are responsible for their own accommodation, travel ex-
penses and registration fee and are encouraged to look for funds which
will enable them to attend the 4 day conference.
For more details contact the SOMA-Net Secretariat.
A CALL FOR CASE STUDIES WHICH HAVE USED SOCIAL SCIENCES TO ASSESS,
ANALYZE AND IMPROVE HEALTH
SOMA-Net will sponsor 4 individuals with the Best Case Studies to the
conference. The following is a guideline for the case studies.
I. Outline of the Case Study report
Each case study is to be written in accordance with the following out-
1. The Problem
Describe in compelling terms the health problem that was addressed.
This is the reality as understood by the main actors. What was the ac-
tual situation that demanded an intervention of the health social sci-
2. The Process
What was done? A brief description of the activities carried out by the
person or the team.
3. The social Science Elements in the process
How was Social Sciences applied in the process reported? What were the
theories, knowledge, or findings underpinning the research or interven-
tion process. What was the social science methods or tools used in the
process described in the previous part.
4. The Results
What was the impact of the process undertaken. What were the outputs in
relation to the people's health or well being, the institutionalisation
process, the change in behaviour, or in the health system. These re-
sults can be either positive or negative, or both.
5. The context and the Actors
What was the social and institutional context in which the process oc-
curred? How did this context influences positively or negatively the
results achieved? Which actors took part in the process and what was
their performance or the nature of the game that they played. To what
extent did contextual or individual dimensions influence the outputs.
6. Balancing potentialities and limitations of the health science
In what ways did a social science approach make a difference in the
health problem? What were the significant advantages of using social
science theories, practices tools, and / or institutions? What were the
limitations social sciences approaches manifested in addressing the
problem, either in terms of theoretical, methodological or institu-
II. Selection Criteria for Case Studies
These criteria are guidelines to be applied in the best judgement of
selections and it may not be possible for any one case to satisfy all
1. Case will be "interventions" that have been evaluated in some way
(i.e., research and development project, community trial, demonstration
project) and health and well-being of people.
2. Cases can be about an action that takes place at any level of analy-
a) macro level (e.g., addressing national policy or health care financ-
b) health services/systems;
c) a local community or subgroup within the community; or can be;
d) disease/ illness focused (e.g. malaria, reproductive health);
e) social/ behavioural category focused (e.g. health seeking, household
production of health, self-regulation of medication; in appropriate
3. Ideally cases are explicitly cross-disciplinary (ideally, inter-
disciplinary or trans-disciplinary if any exist).
4. Cases will reveal the guidance of theoretical assumptions in the im-
plementation of the action/intervention.
5. Cases can originate in any African country ultimately 4 cases will
6. Those selected will be supported to present their case studies dur-
ing the 4th Social Sciences in Health Conference to be held in Botswana
in August 2000.
7. Cases will address health concerns that are viewed as priorities or
"essential" by multiple stakeholders.
8. Governing council members may submit case studies; they will be con-
sidered "in addition" to the cases drawn from the region and will be
judged by the selection committee (with the individual concerned not
present) using these same criteria.
9. Final case submissions will be 18-22 pages in length, plus refer-
III. Procedures and Timetables for Case Study Conceptual Event
1. SOMA-Net should receive case study documentation by June 1, 2000.
2. Selection committee reviews and decides on final cases by July 1
3. SOMA-Net secretariat notify case study awardees July 5, 2000
4. Awardees and discussants attend Social Sciences in Health Interna-
tional Conference in Botswana, August 7th -11th 2000
5. Case Study edited and compiled into a booklet for distribution by
November 30th 2000
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