Call for Abstracts


For the fifth year running, we are delighted to invite health partnerships, institutions, organisations, private companies, within and across the sector, to share moments of learning around the challenges faced and overcome that have helped you to better address the problem or to seek alternative ways of working in regards to the below  categories.

Selected partners will be invited to present their findings in the form of oral presentations or poster displays at the conference. This is an opportunity to showcase their work to a wide audience of global health professionals across different sectors, including health service delivery, academia and research, professional bodies, companies and not for profits, and make meaningful connections for stronger collaboration.

We ask for relevant abstracts to be submitted under one of the following categories:

Migration & Mobility | The New Normal? Mainstreaming Healthcare for Refugees and Migrants.

Sixty-eight million people are currently forcibly displaced and 86% of refugees are housed in developing countries. In the resource poor settings where Health Partnerships operate, responding to the healthcare needs of refugees is becoming the new normal; capacity building and health systems strengthening projects must adapt to this. 

We welcome submissions that address one or several of these points:

  • How can the Health Partnership model adapt to deliver projects that meet the health needs of refugees and migrants?
  • What are the challenges faced when incorporating refugee health considerations into project design?
  • What do integrated health services look like in practice?

Gender Equality and Social Inclusion | How to overcome challenges in delivering GESI strategies in challenging contexts

The barriers – social, legal and practical – to implementing GESI in low- and middle-income countries are manifold. How are organisations and partnerships working to mainstream GESI into their programmes and how have they learned and adapted to overcome barriers to implementation?

We welcome submissions that address one or several of these points:

  • Masculinities in health: How can programmes best account for differences in health-seeking behaviours between men and women? or How can we deliver inclusive programmes in contexts where men exert significant control over women’s ability to seek healthcare?
  • Disability: How can we design programmes which account for disabled people’s needs to overcome discrimination, limited access to healthcare?
  • Overcoming LGBTQ+ discrimination:  How are organisations reaching these communities in contexts where LGBTQ+ people face discrimination and are left behind by the health system.

Power Dynamics and Ownership

Global health interventions, including health partnerships, can fail or succeed based on the attention given to power dynamics in their design and operation, particularly in relation to how the different partners interact with each other. The technical, capacity development focused approaches of most partnerships set a tone in dynamics that can harm the quality and sustainability of our work.  Power dynamics influence what we know about the context we are working in (who is speaking up, and to whom?), the level of buy-in and ownership that partners take on, and whether our interventions will be understood and accepted by partner institutions. We seek to build a greater understanding of how health partnerships and projects can avoid the problems associated with an incomplete understanding of context and power dynamics, and some practical examples of successes, and challenges that have been overcome.

We welcome submissions that address one or several of these questions:

  • How has your approach to power dynamics changed through the life of your partnership? Why?
  • How can partnerships develop interventions that are locally owned or how can interventions be adapted to ensure greater local ownership?
  • How can we assess the political economy/power dynamics of interventions to ensure we are on the right track in developing and implementing more inclusive interventions? 

The Health Partnership response to the Climate Crisis: Evolving the Capacity Development model

It is incumbent on us all to limit our impact on the environment. Given the traditional health partnership model relies on international flights for face-to-face training, how is the capacity development approach evolving to reduce our impact on the environment?

We will welcome submissions that address one or several of these points:

  • Health Partnerships or other organisations that have piloted and assessed e-learning or blended learning approaches, focussing on lessons learned from failure
  • The benefits and challenges of north-south-south Health Partnerships
  • Health Partnerships that have incorporated forms of sustainable development into their project
  • Other forms of environmentally-friendly capacity development

Quality, leadership and Health Partnerships

Governments, health system leaders, health care workers and patients must work together to ensure high quality, people centred health services. Health Partnerships also have a role to play in improving the quality of health services to improve health outcomes for patients in LMICs. But what does this look like and how do Health Partnerships use quality improvement (QI) tools as part of this process and what role does effective leadership play?

We will welcome submissions that address several of the following points:

  • Examples of quality interventions that you have applied through your Health Partnership
  • Examples of quality improvement tools, resources or training methods that you have used through your interventions
  • Examples of such interventions that led to measurable improvement in the quality of processes or health service outcomes, that were sustained and were scaled up to other parts of the health system
  • Examples of how leadership training has contributed to successful QI interventions

The Health Partnership Model  | Beyond training, health partnerships in the decade of delivery

With an imperative of meeting Universal Health Coverage within ten years, and the subsequent need to address wider health systems and new health challenges within an ever-changing global context, does the health partnership model need to adapt and is it fit for purpose?

We welcome submissions that address one or several of these points:

  • Health Partnership projects and approaches that have failed, and inspired new, more successful approaches
  • How Health Partnerships have successfully expanded and adapted their approach and models, beyond training, to effectively tackle issues using a health system approach
  • Projects involving multidisciplinary teams
  • Partnerships involving input of diaspora organisations
  • Health Partnership approaches that have transcended health-theme to health-theme, or cadre-to-cadre, models to successfully address the health system, whether that be at institutional, regional or national level.

Key documents:

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Call for Abstracts Information Sheet

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Abstracts Submission Form