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Invitation – Newton Fund Research Links Workshop

10 July 2018

The final programme is available for download below:

Date: 10-12 July 2018
Venue: Johannesburg, South Africa

Under the Researcher Links scheme offered within the Newton Fund, the British Council, in partnership with the South African National Research Foundation, will be hosting a three-day workshop on “Addressing health inequalities in an unequal society”. The workshop is coordinated by the South African Human Sciences Research Council’s (HSRC) Population Health, Health Systems and Innovation research programme and Lancaster University’s Centre for Health Inequalities Research (CHIR) in the UK.

In light of the Rio Declaration’s emphasis on social and health equity and its call for “all for equity” and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on health and universal health coverage, the topic of health inequalities is of critical importance insofar as health and related socio-economic inequality are pervasive in the societies of both South Africa and United Kingdom and on the rise, yet key to achieving numerous SDGs.

Aim and Objectives
The workshop aims to bring together expertise from South Africa and the United Kingdom to discuss and agree on the purpose, function and format of a South African Observatory of Health Inequalities, and to use these discussions as a capacity building vehicle for early career researchers. In the process, knowledge will be shared on the most recent research on the social determinants of inequalities in health and healthcare.

The workshop has a number of specific objectives, namely:
•    To provide a platform for early career researchers in South Africa and the UK to share the most recent and up to date scientific research on inequalities in health, healthcare and its social determinants
•    To establish links between early career researchers and experts in the field for the purposes of mentoring, guidance and future collaborative research
•    To lay the foundations for establishing an Observatory on health inequalities in South Africa through collaborative links with their UK counterparts
•    To reflect on the policies, programmes and interventions implemented by government and other sectors of society to address inequalities in health, healthcare and its social determinants and to deliberate on the necessary evaluation and impact assessment agenda.

These objectives will be achieved through bringing together experienced and early career researchers alongside practitioners, policy makers, providers, commissioners and other stakeholders in a three day workshop. The discussions at the workshop is aimed at facilitating new collaborative relationships that will help to sustain the Observatory’s work beyond the life of the workshop.

The workshop is organised around four themes, namely use of large-scale quantitative datasets (theme 1); qualitative and interpretative evidence (theme 2); knowledge translation and transfer (theme 3); and current policy (theme 4).

The Newton Researcher Links programme will pay for a return economy flight ticket and your accommodation and subsistence.

Why attend?
The workshop provides an excellent opportunity to not only share you work with your peers but to receive some mentoring from the six academics participating in the programme and to invest in building future collaborative partnerships with researchers and practitioners from South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Do you qualify?
Does your research address issues of health inequalities in the United Kingdom or South Africa?
Are you based in South Africa or the United Kingdom?
Are you 35 years old or younger?
Have you completed your PhD in the past five years or are you due to graduate in the next year?

Please submit a one-page outline of your current research on health inequalities, using the standard abstract structure of background, objectives, data and methods, results, conclusion.
On a second page, elaborate on the following:
•    Why your current research lends itself to collaboration with the partner country/institution.
•    What collaborative work you would be interested in developing following on the workshop.

In addition, please indicate the workshop theme(s) to which you consider your research to belong.

Also submit a two-page abbreviated CV together with your application, including your full names, physical address, post-graduate qualifications, and a list of relevant publications and/or conference presentations.

Deadline:    31 March 2018

Submissions and enquiries:

Prof Frikkie Booysen (South African applicants)
Dr Mark Limmer (UK applicants)