The West African Health Organization, in collaboration with Member States and partners, are in the process of organizing the 1st ECOWAS Good Practices Forum in Health (FBPS) that will be held on 29-31 July 2015 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

The forum will bring together senior officials from ministries of health, regional health experts, researchers and managers of training and research institutions, major local, regional and international NGOs, managers of private companies involved in the health sector, as well as partners in the region and elsewhere.

Theme of the Forum:

"Ending Preventable Mother and Child Deaths in West Africa - What works in Reproductive Health and Family Planning in the following areas:

  • Leadership, Management and Governance;
  • Health service delivery approaches;
  • Socio-cultural approaches and advocacy.
  • Scalability and sustainability of effective practices".

Within the framework of this Forum, good practices will be identified and documented in the areas of family planning, maternal and newborn health, and youth and adolescent sexual and reproductive health by demonstrating practices that work best in leadership, management and governance, socio-cultural approaches and advocacy, and approaches to scalability and sustainability.

Consensus reached by the Regional Technical Working Group on the definition of a Good Practice, a Promising Practice, and an Innovative Practice, and the assessment criteria for Good Practices:

  • A Good Practice is defined as "a process, procedure, tool, principle or experience implementing a program or health intervention, based on evidence (with well-defined criteria) that contributes to improvements in expected results"
  • A Promising Practice is defined as a practice where “sufficient evidence exists indicating that it can lead to good result, but for which more documentation of successful implementation experiences is required."
  • An Innovative Practice is defined as "a new practice or approach to improving health programs, at an initial stage of implementation, for which more scientific evidence is required."

Good practices will be evaluated using the following criteria: effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, possibility of replication or scale-up, sustainability, ethical validity/respects human rights, participation of key partners (communities, political engagement etc..)

Purpose and objectives of the ECOWAS Good Practices Forum in Health:

The purpose of the Forum is to promote and disseminate good practices in health, thus accelerating the efficient and effective implementation of the ECOWAS member countries’ priority programs. Also, the Forum will serve as a platform for identifying key strategic issues, good practices, and innovative approaches that will be used to develop recommendations and resolutions to ministers of health from ECOWAS member countries..

More specifically, the Forum aims to:

1. Promote a culture of sharing experiences related to the development and implementation of effective and efficient health policies, strategies, programs, and interventions that are considered good practices.
2. Mobilize and align all key stakeholders (WAHO, Member States, civil society, private sector, and technical and financial partners) around national and regional priorities based on good health practices;
3. Initiate change through the use of good practices in the development and implementation of ECOWAS member countries’ priority health policies, strategies and programs ;
4. Monitor and evaluate the progress made by member states in replicating and scaling up good health practices in the ECOWAS region.

Organization of the Forum:

The Forum on good practices in health will be organized annually as a scientific conference. The first two days will include plenary and oral presentation sessions followed by discussion. The presentations will be selected from the pool of abstracts submitted by researchers, health experts and health program managers. Good practices will also be shared using poster presentations for displaying materials and documents related to the good practice. The last day will focus on summarizing recommendations and resolutions that will be presented to the Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) for approval and submission to the ECOWAS Assembly of Health Ministers. The RAC consists of National or General Directors, Permanent Secretaries, and Directors of research and training institutions.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: June 5, 2015

The deadline for submitting abstracts is June 5, 2015.

To submit your abstract, please complete the abstract registration form online at www.wahooas.org (using the following link: http://www.wahooas.org/fbps) OR send the completed form to the following email address:fbps@wahooas.org

Please note that the abstract registration form also includes information to guide you in writing your abstract.

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  • Annonce du FBPS_2015_ENG_Final
  • Abstract registration form_BPF_2015_Eng_Final
  • Guidelines Oral-Posters presentation_Eng_Final

Vacancy notice N°70 - Professional Officer "Moving Maternal Newborn and Child Evidence in to Policy"

Job title: Professional Officer "Moving Maternal Newborn and Child Evidence in to Policy"
Salary: Very competitive
Division: Research, Health Management Information Systems
Duty Station: Bobo-Dioulasso (Burkina Faso)
Start Date: 1st May 2015
Duration of Contract: Three (3) Years (including a six-month probationary period) renewable once

Closing date for receipt of application is: 1st April 2015

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Institution: GIABA
Deadline: by Monday 9th March, 2015 noon GMT

In recent years, the prevalence of electronic counterfeiting and intellectual property (IP) theft in West Africa has become more pronounced. Notwithstanding the lack of definitive data, the two phenomena, especially electronic piracy generate substantial illicit proceeds in the region. In all the capitals of countries in West Africa and in major cities and towns, pirated electronic materials are commonly sold on the streets, especially on major roads with heavy traffic

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  • REI_on_Typologies_on_ML_arising_from_Electronic_Counterfeiting_Eng-Final_