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46TH ANNUAL GENERAL CONFERENCE AND CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION OF AHSAG

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Association of Health Service Administrators, Ghana (AHSAG) is pleased to announce that the Association’s 46th Annual Conference/Continuing Professional Education Programme has been scheduled as follows: Da
“Appointment of Hospital Administrators; a new dawn in the Health Administration profession towards achieving Universal Health Coverage”
 5th December 2023 - 8th December 2023
HILL VIEW GUEST CENTRE, ABOKOBI, ACCRA

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Association of Health Service Administrators, Ghana (AHSAG) is pleased to announce that the Association’s 46th Annual Conference/Continuing Professional Education Programme has been scheduled as follows:

Date : 5th – 8th December 2023

Venue : Hillview Guest Centre, Abokobi, Greater Accra Region

Conference Theme: “Appointment of Hospital Administrators; a new dawn in the Health Administration profession towards achieving Universal Health Coverage”

Sub-themes :

1. The Hospital Administrator and Universal Health Coverage.

2. What the Hospital Administrator Appointment means for Hospital Administrators – Implications, Challenges and Prospects.

2023 Annual Conference of AHSAG

The 2023 AGM is the 46th annual gathering organized under the auspices of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of AHSAG.

This 46th Annual Conference/AGM of AHSAG is expected to bring together Health Service Administrators and Hospital Administrators across the country to deliberate on the conference theme and other related matters regarding current national health programmes and economic policies.

When the Ghana Health Service and Teaching Hospitals Act, 1996 (Act 525) was passed by the Parliament of the Republic of Ghana, the expectation was that the position of the Hospital Administrator which was provided for under Section 30 of the Act would have been established just like other positions. However, this did not immediately materialize until after some two decades of the coming into force of Act 525.

As one of the established positions under Act 525, Hospital Administrators are strategically placed to play key roles at every level of the health sector in the implementation of policies aimed at achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines Universal Health Coverage as follows:

“Ensuring that all people have access to needed health services (including prevention, promotion, treatment, rehabilitation and palliation) of sufficient quality to be effective while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship.”

Universal Health Coverage has become a major goal for health reform in many countries, including Ghana, and a major priority objective of the WHO.

Universal health coverage embodies three related objectives:

• equity in access to health services - those who need the services should get them, not only those who can pay for them;

• that the quality of health services is good enough to improve the health of those receiving services; and

• financial-risk protection - ensuring that the cost of using care does not put people at risk of financial hardship.

Together with other health managers, Hospital Administrators and Health Service Administrators are responsible for planning, mobilizing and efficiently managing resources for effective implementation of health programmes at every level of the health sector. There is therefore the need for Health Service Administrators and Hospital Administrators to adequately acquaint themselves with the key ingredients and indicators of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and to commit themselves to the realization of its related objectives. With much clearer understanding of UHC, Health Service Administrators and Hospital Administrators would contribute effectively towards planning health programmes and mobilizing resources to achieve the related objectives of UHC.

Sub-Themes/Topics

The 2023 AHSAG Conference will discuss issues relating to the appointment of Hospital Administrators in accordance with the provisions of the Ghana Health Service and Teaching Hospitals Act, 1996 (Act 525) and how that statutory appointment will play a key role in achieving universal health coverage. Appropriate recommendations will be made to policy makers and key stakeholders to serve as inputs into policy decisions aimed at achieving universal health coverage. There will be scientific sessions on the following topics to be facilitated by key resource persons:

1. The Hospital Administrator and Universal Health Coverage.

2. What the Hospital Administrator Appointment means for Hospital Administrators – Implications, Challenges and Prospects.

Conference Objective

The main goal of the 2023 AHSAG Conference is to equip Hospital Administrators to enable them to strategically perform their roles as envisaged under Act 525 and contribute efficiently towards the achievement of Universal Health Coverage by 2030.

Participation

The annual conference is also designed as a Continuing Professional Education Programme for Health Service Administrators (HSAs) and Hospital Administrators (HAs) from the Ghana Health Service, Teaching Hospitals, Quasi-Government Health Institutions, other Health Agencies, and private healthcare facilities. Experienced Practitioners from the health sector will facilitate scientific sessions on the sub-thematic areas.

Chairman

• Hon. Samuel Nii Adjetey Mohenu (Chief of Abokobi)

Special Guest of Honour

• Professor Justice Bawole, Dean, University of Ghana Business School, Legon

Speakers

• Zanu Dassah, Esq., Deputy Director, Training and Capacity Development Department, Human Resource Directorate, Ghana Health Service

• Mr. Godswill Domie, Deputy Director, Administration, Regional Health Directorate, Savannah Region

Invited Guests

• Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, Director General, Ghana Health Service

• Dr. Peter Yeboah, Executive Director, CHAG

• Dr. Opoku Ware Ampomah, Chief Executive Officer, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra

• Brig. Gen. Raymond Kwabla Ewusi, Director General, Ghana Armed Forces Medical Services

• Dr. (Mrs.) Akosua Agyeiwaa Owusu-Sarpong, Regional Director of Health Servies, Greater Accra

• Dr. Emmanuel Srofenyoh, Medical Director, Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Ridge, Accra

• Brig. Gen. Prosper Ayibor, Commander, 37 Military Hospital, Accra

• Hon. Elizabeth Kaakie Mann, Municipal Chief Executive, Ga East Municipal Assembly

• Dr. Selorm K. Kutsoati, Municipal Director of Health Services, Ga East Municipal Health Directorate