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Guidance for International Conference on Primary Health Care

Selection Process for Conference Track Sessions:


The International Primary Health Care Conference Organizing Committee is working to achieve transparency and diversity at all levels of conference management.


All presentations will be given in person at the conference venue in Addis Ababa.


Please read this guidance before starting your application:

Selection criteria:

Presenters are selected on a competitive basis by the Conference technical review team and with reference to the following criteria:

Innovation of study

Question or tool presented; generation
of new approaches, frameworks


Evidence-base and technical quality of content proposed (study methods – design, analytic methods, tools used)

Relevance to conference themes

Relevance of abstract to the conference themes. Abstracts may be cross-cutting several themes:
- feasibility (practicality/applicability) to other similar settings
- implication in policy/ at strategy level


Impact can include reference to results, scalability, lessons learned; intervention projects, improvements to community health programs; financing PHC


Consider applicant characteristics including gender, disability, region plus technical and organizational diversity to help ensure as many perspectives are represented as possible.

You will be asked to categorize your application based on the following:

1. Alignment to Conference Themes

Making bold political choices for health across all sectors

A whole-of-government approach to health is critical in ensuring that all people receive and enjoy a high standard of health. It is important that the impact on health be considered across sectors and at all levels of governance. Thereby, the conference will explore leadership and governance in PHC to identify ways to effectively and strategically include a wide array of actors including planners, providers, donors, users and communities. We hope to engage discussion including but not limited to the relative empowerment of MoHs vis-a-vis donors in the political dimensions of health sector reform, and the challenges of PHC implementation in conflict-affected regions.


Building sustainable Primary Health Care

As the global landscape continues to evolve, systems of primary health care must develop in a sustainable way. The Astana declaration emphasizes the need for comprehensive, core public health functions, delivered in a way that is integrated, not fragmented. On a systems level, recent years have seen greater emphasis on capacity building, strengthening supply chains, and bolstering mechanisms to ensure quality and safety. Additionally, efforts have been made to better integrate PHC and vertical programs.

Taking place concurrently has been the emergence of novel health technologies. Digital technologies have become essential resources in building a primary health care that is sustainable and that provides services that are of high quality and safety. However, their advantages and disadvantages are often points of debate.

During the conference, we hope to hear from a diverse array of experiences and perspectives on e-health, with the aim of better understanding how to efficiently and effectively utilize e-health in a way that truly strengthens the system. We will also feature country experiences of efforts to move in meaningful ways towards comprehensive, sustainable PHC.

Empowering individuals and communities

The strength of primary health care is rooted in an empowered people and workforce. The rights and protections of primary health care (PHC) workers play a crucial role in guaranteeing quality healthcare services. Equity and gender concerns are important to consider for the PHC workforce and there is a need for more involvement from young people in the sector. As Community Health Workers remain the backbone of the delivery of PHC in many settings, how do we ensure effective methods of recruitment, training, and retention that meet the needs of the workforce? Efforts must also include the engagement of the community to ensure effectiveness and relevance. It has long been a cornerstone of PHC ideology that communities should have agency over their own health and wellbeing, should participate in governance, and should be heard. What are successes and challenges in this area? What are active and practical ways that communities can be effectively involved in primary health care?

Aligning Stakeholder support with national policies, strategies and plans

PHC financing faces several challenges, including a low level of public funding, fragmented financing mechanisms, limited coverage for patients, and a lack of financial incentives for PHC providers to deliver priority services. The establishment of a robust primary health care financing system is dependent upon the multi-sectoral collaboration of various stakeholders including donors, political actors, and the community.

It is important also to consider the role and responsibilities that each party may have. For example, to what extent do donors collaborate to support national leadership? How might widely different stakeholders interact and contribute meaningfully to improve primary health care?

ICPHC aims to explore ways these stakeholders’ support can be effectively aligned with national policies, strategies and plans in order to improve health outcomes. We hope country representatives use this platform to share their experience and lessons that can be adapted and used by other countries to guide implementation of effective PHC financing.


2. Alignment to the 14 PHC health systems levers for action*

Political commitment and leadership that place primary health care at the heart of efforts to attain universal health coverage and that recognize the broad contribution of primary health care to the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Governance structures, policy frameworks and regulation in support of primary health care that build partnerships within and across sectors, and promote community leadership and mutual accountability

Adequate and sustainable financing for PHC that is allocated to maximize financing protection, promote equity and enable access to high-quality care and services

Engagement of communities and other stakeholders from all sectors to define problems and solutions and prioritize actions through policy dialogue


Models of care that promote high-quality people-centered primary care and essential public health functions as the core of integrated health services throughout the life course

Adequate quantity, competency levels and distribution of a committed multidisciplinary primary health care workforce that includes facility-, outreach- and community-based health workers supported through effective management, supervision and appropriate compensation

Secure and accessible primary care facilities to provide effective services with reliable water, sanitation and waste disposal/recycling, telecommunications connectivity and power supply, and with transport systems that can connect patients to other care providers

Availability and affordability of appropriate, safe, effective, quality medicines and other health products, through transparent processes, to improve health


Sound partnership between public- and private-sector providers for the delivery of integrated health services

Purchasing and payment systems that foster a reorientation in models of care towards more prevention and promotion, and towards care delivered closer to where people live and work. Such systems need to provide incentives for the delivery of quality primary care services and facilitate integration and coordination across the continuum of care

Use of digital technologies for health in ways that facilitate access to care and service delivery, improve effectiveness and efficiency, and promote accountability

Systems at the local, subnational and national levels to continuously assess and improve the quality of integrated health services

Research and knowledge management, including dissemination of lessons learned, as well as the use of knowledge to accelerate the scale-up of successful strategies to strengthen primary health care oriented systems

Monitoring and evaluation through well-functioning health information systems that generate reliable data and support the use of information for improved decision-making and learning by local, national and global actors

3. Presentation types

Concurrent sessions offer an opportunity to bring together diverse professionals, experiences, and perspectives; examine new research, evidence, strategies, and practices; and engage with peers on emerging issues or opportunities. Approved submissions will ensure a diversity of topics and panelists that will collectively enhance participants’ Primary Health Care Conference experience.

Roundtable discussions are shorter-form presentations, part of a plenary session that features approximately 15 tables hosted by different organizations and projects. Participants will rotate three times – 15 – 20 minutes each time – to different tables during the session.

Posters are visual presentations focused on a particular theme that will be presented in person during the conference. The Organizing Committee will accept evidence-based posters with an academic or professional focus, research information, and peer-reviewed work.

These fast-paced sessions will feature research-focused presentations, with ample time allotted for question & answers. Presenters have three to five minutes to present their research & technical content. Following three presentations, the presenters are put onto a panel, where they will take questions and expand upon their work. We have allotted approximately 15 slots for the Lightning Talks.

You may also be elected to be considered as a presenter in a session arranged by the Planning Committee if your submission is not accepted for your first preference.


The abstract should be no more that 2000 characters. All abstracts submitted by the deadline will be considered. Those received after the deadline may be considered but will be placed on a waiting list.

Applicants will be notified by the 13th of June 2023 if their submission has been selected. All those offered speaking slots must confirm acceptance by the published deadline by paying the registration fees at the applicable rate.

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If demand for speaking opportunities exceeds availability we may limit the number of speaking opportunities available for individuals or organizations to help ensure a broad and diverse representation and coverage of topics, issues and perspectives.

Speakers are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and conference fees. Please also ensure you obtain an Ethiopian entry visa if applicable. Please click here for details.

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