The 15th IHEA World Congress on Health Economics will be held July 9-12, 2023, in Cape Town, South Africa, and our teams are prepping for our biggest attendance yet. Not only will we be hosting and co-hosting four organized sessions, prior to the main congress, our projects will be featured in four pre-congress sessions all listed below. Registration deadlines vary by session and capacity, so register for pre-congress sessions and the main congress now!
The IHEA congress is an international convention for health systems experts to discuss the latest data, methodologies, findings, and tools in the pursuit of improving health care around the globe. This year’s theme is “Diversity in Health Economics.” The event will take place in both buildings of the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). Find more information on ThinkWell’s IHEA pre-congress sessions, how to register, and a tentative agenda below.
As more details around schedules become available, this page will be updated. See you in Cape Town!
Pre-congress sessions will run July 8-9, 2023. ThinkWell will host four sessions detailed below.
Saturday, July 8
Can direct financing for public facilities improve the availability of health products? (hybrid)
9 AM-12:30 PM
Organizers: ThinkWell, Center for Global Development, and KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme
There is growing consensus that channeling funds to health facilities and granting them more autonomy will improve the delivery of primary health care services. In this session, we will explore the evidence about the impact of direct financing for facilities on access to health products, especially essential medicines.
Immunization Economics Special Interest Group Pre-Congress Session (Day 1)
9 AM-5 PM
The Immunization Economics Special Interest Group welcomes researchers to join a two-day meeting to take stock of the latest evidence and research projects, exchange research approaches and methods, and to discuss research priorities. Topics on the agenda will include costing, value of vaccines, immunization financing, and the use of economic evidence for policy and programming.
Register for this session here
Sunday, July 9
Exploring the “means” to achieve universal health coverage in Africa: Research and insights on contributory and non-contributory means of financing health care from low- and middle-income countries
8:30 AM-12 PM
Organizers: ThinkWell, R4D, and WHO
This bilingual session (English-French) brings together diverse country experiences to discuss the latest research on contributory social health insurance and non-contributory/free healthcare schemes. The session facilitates an exchange between African, Asian, and Latin American speakers, explores the politics behind these reforms and how these schemes can be improved to achieve UHC.
Challenges to Establish Sustainable Health Coverage: What can different LMIC models in Asia teach us? (hybrid)
1 PM-4:30 PM
The SDGs push all countries to achieve UHC by 2030; however, UHC will not be achieved unless sustainable health financing is in place. Many countries have inadequate comprehensive analyses of sustainable health financing. This session explores several health financing models and the respective performance of current UHC in four LMICs: Indonesia, the Philippines, India, and Sri Lanka.
Immunization Economics Special Interest Group Pre-Congress Session (Day 2)
8:30 AM-4:30 PM
The main IHEA congress will be held July 10-12, 2023. The detailed agenda for each presentation will be available May 8, 2023. Please visit this page on that date to access titles, times, and descriptions for each presentation.