Convenors:

Shehnaz Munshi (Sheiham Family Wits Programme on Social Determinants of Health and Health Inequality,
University of the Witwatersrand), Lance Louskieter (Health Policy and Systems Division, University of Cape
Town, CHESAI) – Senior Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity South Africa

with contributions from

Tanya Charles (Atlantic Institute), Evie O’Brien (Atlantic Institute), Kentse Radebe (University of Cape Town),
Kenneth Munge (Kenya), Okiki Olu Badejo (Coordinator, HSG Africa Regional Network / Institute of Tropical
Medicine), Salma Abdalla (University of Khartoum), Kefilath Bello (Center of Research in Human
Reproduction and Demography, Benin), Jean-Paul Dossou (Center of Research in Human Reproduction and
Demography, Benin), Asha George (University of Western Cape), Sibusiso Fihlani (Rural Health Advocacy
Project), Marsha Orgill (University of Cape Town), Leanne Brady (University of Cape Town), Gadija Khan
(University of Cape Town), Crystal Dicks (Tekano), Bongani Maseko (Tekano), Lucy Gilson (University of
Cape Town)

Dates: 30 September, 1 & 2 October
Times: 14.00pm – 17.30pm SAST (South Africa time each day)
Zoom Registration:
This is event will take place on Zoom. Please register on the below link to receive the final event link which
you will use every day to attend the convening. This link to register is
https://atlanticfellows.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItd-qpqT0sGdSnPKbJY6LNjZd2-GrIH7SK

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Times in SAST

14:00pm – 14.10pm:             Welcome & Overview

Lance Louskieter – PhD Candidate, School of Public Health and Family Medicine

Shehnaz Munshi – Research Project Manager/Lecturer for the Sheiham Family/ Wits Programme on Social Determinants of Health and Health Inequality

14.10pm – 14.40pm:               Invitation to Place: Jambo! As-Salaam-Alaikum! Molo! Teanastëllën! Maakyé, Bawo!Ola! Bonjour! Moni! Muraho!

Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa – Poet, Storyteller and Facilitator

14.40pm – 15:20pm:              Session 1:

Exploring the intersection between decoloniality and African health systems – A conversation in ‘post-colonial’ Africa

Facilitator:  Professor Laetitia Rispel – School of Public Health at the University of Witwatersrand

In this session, our input panel frames the importance of situating a decolonial conversation linked to health systems and policies continentally. The intention is to build a bridge between the two schools of thought: 1) decolonial theory and 2) the health systems and policy world. We consider the ‘epistemic crisis’ that we face in the world and the impact of this crisis on African health and health policy and systems. We also consider that African lives have been impacted by the reality that racism, segregation and inequality have been (in)visibly and pervasively embedded in dominant cultures and social institutions. COVID-19 has further exposed the strong association between race, gender, ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic status and health outcomes. As HPSR scholars we recognize how knowledge and colonial power intertwine. We affirm the importance of decolonial thought to inform and guide our reflections as African health and health systems scholars and practitioners on the implications and limitations of global hegemonic epistemologies in the continent. We understand the urgent task to decolonize the Eurocentric order of knowledge. We pose critical questions about the limitations and possibilities of epistemologies, knowledge production processes and knowledge holders in African health. It is the intention that this session can help us with unthinking/ unlearning/unravelling some of the ’status quo’ in episteme traditions to help us critically reflect on the way we think about the world and the things we do i.e knowledge systems and its relationship to our social world. In this way, we are able to define the terms in which we have these conversations.

                                                Fire Starters – Opening reflections (10mins per speaker)

Dr Faisal Garba – Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Co-convenor, Global Studies Program, University of Cape Town – TBC

Professor Elelwani Ramugondo – Division of Occupational Therapy, University of Cape Town

Hannah Muthoni Ryder – CEO, Development Reimagined

Jean-Paul Dossou  –  Director at Centre de Recherche en Reproduction Humaine et en Démographie (CERRHUD)

Shehnaz Munshi – Research Project Manager/Lecturer for the Sheiham Family/ Wits Programme on Social Determinants of Health and Health Inequality

15.20pm – 15.40pm:             Moderated Q & A

15.40pm – 15.50pm:               Movement/body break – Nomzamo and Nosizwe, The Toolbox

15.50pm – 16:30pm:             Breakout Session

In small groups, we will reflect on the fire starter remarks. Please consider how what was shared resonates with your own context and experience. You may also consider the following questions;

  1. What questions emerge about African health and African health systems when we apply a decolonial lens to our work/field?
  2. How does this help us to have a continental conversation about decolonializing health systems and policies?

 

16:30pm – 16:50pm:             Plenary Discussion

Facilitator: Professor Laetitia Rispel – School of Public Health at the University of Witwatersrand

16.50pm – 17:00pm:             Closing Remarks

Lance Louskieter – PhD Candidate, School of Public Health and Family Medicine

17.00pm – 17:30pm:              Closing Live Performance

Lungiswa Plaatjies – Musician, Singer, Performer

DAY 2 – 1 OCTOBER 2020

 

12.00pm-3.30pm (WAST)

13:00pm-16.30pm (EET)

14.00pm-17.30pm (SAST)

15.00pm-18.30pm (EAT)

 

Times in SAST

14:00pm – 14.20pm:             Welcome & Overview

Lance Louskieter,  PhD Candidate, School of Public Health and Family Medicine

14.10pm – 14.40pm:               Invitation to Place: Jambo! As-Salaam-Alaikum! Molo! Teanastëllën! Maakyé, Bawo!Ola! Bonjour! Moni! Muraho!

Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa – Poet, Storyteller and Facilitator

14.40pm – 15:20pm:            Session 2:

Creating an African Project: Rethinking the configuration of knowledge to advance African health and health systems 

Facilitator: Dr. Kui Muraya, Post-Doctoral Social Scientist at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme

In this session, we explore the ways in which the field of HPSR offers us theorisations and empirical work to guide us in engaging with the social, economic and political nature of health systems. This includes highlighting the work of HPSR scholars in Africa who have utilised different knowledge and methodological approaches across disciplinary boundaries, with a particular focus on foregrounding the legitimacy of often under-valued social science contributions. HPSR scholars have also increasingly theorised and worked with local actors, including policymakers and civil society who have shaped the nature of HPSR. In this session we unpack how the field can go further. The speakers will offer reflections on alternative paradigms of knowledge and what the possibilities are for an African/decolonial archive of health knowledge and praxis to advance socially just health systems on the continent. We consider how Africans can move from the position of objecthood and othering to becoming the authority over our lives? How do we resist, and systemically validate our voices in hegemonic spaces of epistemic violence? Which archives do we use to confront the hegemonic and oppressive power in our institutions, knowledge, policies and practices? Does an African knowledge archive outside of the traps of the violent colonial order exist and what does it look like? Whose experience do we draw on? How do we define an ecosystem vs ego system of knowledge where African people and histories are as equally valued as Western-European and North American knowledges and knowledge holders?

Fire Starters – Opening reflections (10mins per speaker)

Clara Affun-Adegbulu – PhD Candidate, University of Antwerp and Researcher, Institute of Tropical Medicine

Dr Irene Akua Agyepong – School of Public Health, University of Ghana

Professor Simukai Chigudu– Associate Professor, African Politics, Oxford University

Professor Pascale Allotey – Director, United Nations University International Institute for Global Health

15.20pm – 15.40pm:              Moderated Q&A

15.40pm – 15.50pm:               Movement/body break – Nomzamo and Nosizwe, The Toolbox

15.50pm – 16:30pm:             Breakout Session

In small groups, we will reflect on the fire starter remarks. Please consider how what was shared resonates with your own context and experience. You may also consider the following questions;

  1. How can Africans resist the epistemic violence that leads to otherness, invalidation, disqualification? How can we raise our consciousness to the insidious ways the Eurocentric order of knowledge operates in our current practices?
  2. Is there a need for an alternative paradigm for HPSR? What are the possibilities for alternatives? How can insights shared help create/shape/recreate a new paradigm for HPSR that is rooted in decoloniality as a political, social, visceral project?

 

16:30pm – 16.50pm:              Plenary Discussion

Facilitator: Dr. Kui Muraya, Post-Doctoral Social Scientist at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme

 

 16.50pm – 17:00pm:             Closing Reflections

Lance Louskieter,  PhD Candidate, School of Public Health and Family Medicine

17.00pm – 17:30pm:              A Musical Journey inspired by Miriam Makeba

DAY 3 – 2 OCTOBER 2020

12.00pm-3.30pm (WAST)

13:00pm-16.30pm (EET)

14.00pm-17.30pm (SAST)

15.00pm-18.30pm (EAT))

 

14:00pm – 14.20pm:             Welcome & Overview

Shehnaz Munshi – Research Project Manager/Lecturer for the Sheiham Family/ Wits Programme on Social Determinants of Health and Health Inequality

14.10pm – 14.40pm:               Invitation to Place: Jambo! As-Salaam-Alaikum! Molo! Teanastëllën! Maakyé, Bawo!Ola! Bonjour! Moni! Muraho!

Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa – Poet, Storyteller and Facilitator

14.40pm – 15:20pm:              Session 3:

From Paradigm to Praxis: Tools for decolonial, African health systems and policy and research

Facilitator: Tanya Charles. Feminist Activist, Program and Impact Lead, Atlantic Institute

In this session, we examine existing and possible ways to address and shift colonial structures of knowledge production within the academy, research institutions and other sites of knowledge production. To do this, we will rely on feminist and queer theory and praxis which offers us multiple paradigms through which to cultivate a methodology to practice decolonizing forms of research. We reflect on the works of African feminist scholars like Sylvia Tamale, whose seminal work on sexualities in Africa explores the ways in which the forms and functions of research are motivated by ‘ideological, political and social agendas’ often influenced by colonisation where research operated ‘along a traditional hierarchy of power between the researcher and the researched’. On this panel, feminist and queer scholars and activists share insights on ways to resist the methodological and epistemological issues that arise in this arena and offers us tools and strategies for African-centred, decolonised research methodologies that can be applied to the Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR) field.

Fire Starters – Opening reflections (10mins per speaker)

Jessica Horn – Feminist Activist, Writer, Consultant on Women’s rights

Dr Awino Okech – Feminist activist and Lecturer, Centre for Gender Studies at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Lance Louskieter – PhD Candidate, School of Public Health and Family Medicine

Masana Ndinga-Kanga – Crisis Response Fund Lead at CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation, Senior Atlantic Fellow for Social Equity

15.20pm – 15.40pm:             Moderated Q&A

15.40pm – 15.50pm:               Movement/body break – Nomzamo and Nosizwe, The Toolbox

15.50pm – 16:30pm:              Breakout Session

In small groups, we will reflect on the fire starter remarks. Please consider how what was shared resonates with your own context and experience. You may also consider the following questions;

  1. What is in our current tool box? Do our tools, techniques, strategies advance decoloniality? Do we know counter-discourses, counter-knowledges, counter-creative acts, and counter-practices to achieve socially just health systems? If yes, name them and explain them, maybe also give examples of how these tools have been applied to your work and your life.
  1. Are there possibilities for new tools that centre African people and African health systems? What would this look like and how can they be applied or utilized? If there are limited possibilities, what is required to forge (k)new tools?

 

16:30pm – 16.50pm:              Plenary Discussion

Tanya Charles. Feminist Activist, Program and Impact Lead, Atlantic Institute

16.50pm – 17:00pm:              Closing Reflections

Shehnaz Munshi – Research Project Manager/Lecturer for the Sheiham Family/ Wits Programme on Social Determinants of Health and Health Inequality

17.00pm – 17:30pm:              Women Unite Closing Performance