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Course Announcement

Flagship Course on Equity and Health Systems
Analyzing Health and Healthcare Inequalities Methods Course

25–29 October 2012, Beijing, China
Deadline: Friday, 24 August 2012

Websites for application:

http://info.worldbank.org/etools/wbi_learning/sec/app_form.cfm?sch_id=HNP12-01-449

http://info.worldbank.org/etools/wbi_learning/sec/app_form.cfm?sch_id=HNP12-01-450

The Flagship Course on Equity and Health Systems and the Analyzing Health and Healthcare Inequalities Methods Course will be held in Beijing in October 2012, just before the Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research. The two courses, which will take place at the same time, are being offered by the Asia Network for Capacity Building in Health Systems Strengthening (ANHSS) in collaboration with the World Bank Institute, the Equitap research network and the Global Network for Health Equity (GNHE). The courses will be hosted by the China National Health Development Research Center (CNHDRC).

Flagship Course on Equity and Health Systems

The World Bank Institute's Flagship Course on Equity and Health Systems will be presented in the Asia-Pacific region for the third time in 2012, having been successfully delivered in the Philippines in 2010 and in Indonesia in 2011.

This course will provide policy-makers, academics and other interested stakeholders from the Asia-Pacific and other regions with an understanding of how to assess and act on equity issues in their health systems. The course content is built around the WBI Flagship framework, and aims to help participants think about why equity in health is important, identify methods and tools for assessing equity, and assess policy options to achieve more equitable, pro-poor outcomes.

This week long course will enable participants to speak a "common language" about equity in health and health systems, to understand why equity should be important, and to achieve a deeper understanding of what drives equity in health and health systems and the value judgements involved.

Participants will specifically learn:

  • How to understand and assess the equity performance of their own health systems, across a range of dimensions, including financing, financial protection, service delivery and health outcomes.
  • What criteria and indicators can be used to assess health systems' equity performance, and the tools and resources available to measure them.
  • Key global experiences in thinking about and navigating the political challenges of making health systems more equitable.
  • How to understand potential policy responses and interventions to improve equity in health systems, and be able to develop action plans for their own countries.
  • Gain hands-on practice in using ADePT software to analyze equity aspects of health data.

Analyzing Health and Healthcare Inequalities Methods Course

This course which is being offered for the first time aims to train technical experts, researchers and students how to analyze health equity using household survey data. It will provide participants with an overview of the relevant theory and recent research in the field, explanation of the purpose and use of key equity measures, and concrete exercises and hands-on tutorials using standard methods, so that participants develop expertise in the quantitative techniques for health equity analysis, including production of key equity indicators.

The intention of this course is to build capacity in Asia-Pacific countries to analyze equity issues. The course is intended for policy analysts, technical experts and junior and mid-level researchers and students in government agencies, universities, research institutes and civil society organizations, who wish to acquire the skills to analyze health equity using household survey data.

Participants will specifically learn:

  • How to prepare household survey datasets for analysis of health equity indicators.
  • Gain proficiency in database design, data management and statistical programming methods relevant for health equity analysis.
  • The basics behind the key health equity analyses and how they relate to the empirical methods.
  • How to undertake the key health equity analyses using Stata statistical software.
  • How to use ADePT software to aid analysis and presentation of equity results.
  • How to interpret the quantitative findings and present them in suitable tables, figures and reports.

Course participants should have basic familiarity with Stata, as demonstrated by completion of the Stata 101 online course, or equivalent level of competency. Participants who have used comparable software, such as SPSS or SAS, will usually find it easier to learn Stata but basic competence in using STATA is still essential.

Course Location

The two courses will be hosted by the China National Health Development Research Center at the Peking University Health Science Center, located in the Haidian district of Beijing and close to the venue of the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research.

How to Apply

Please click on the links below to fill in the online application
Flagship Course on Equity and Health Systems
http://info.worldbank.org/etools/wbi_learning/sec/app_form.cfm?sch_id=HNP12-01-449

Analyzing Health and Healthcare Inequalities Methods Course
http://info.worldbank.org/etools/wbi_learning/sec/app_form.cfm?sch_id=HNP12-01-450

If you are applying for both courses please indicate your first preference in the comments field of the application form.

Alternatively, you may complete the attached application forms in BLOCK CAPITALS and email wbihec@gmail.com OR fax +94-112-314-040 (Sri Lanka) no later than 24 August 2012.

The tuition fee for each course is USD 1,500 per participant. Discounts may be offered to country teams of five or more participants. This fee includes tuition, course materials, breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks during the course, and a dinner reception. Participants or their sponsors will be responsible for covering the cost of travel to Beijing, airport transfers, accommodation (USD 50/night or USD 25/night sharing), dinner and incidentals.

For further information about ANHSS courses, visit our website: http://anhss.org/

Contact for further information

Ruwani Wickramasinghe
Email: wbihec@gmail.com

 
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