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SAHR 2019 Call for Abstracts

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The South African Health Review (SAHR) is an accredited peer reviewed publication.  The aims of the SAHR are to advance the sharing of knowledge, to feature critical commentary on policy implementation, and to offer empirical understandings for improving South Africa's health system.

The editors are pleased to announce that the call for abstracts for the 2019 edition of the SAHR is now open.  Abstracts providing fresh insights into health systems strengthening efforts supporting the realisation of universal health coverage in South Africa are particularly sought.  Preference will be given to manuscripts that take cognisance of the World Health Organization's six building blocks for an effective, efficient and equitable health system.

Please take note of the following:

  • Abstracts must be submitted using the official SAHR abstract template which can be downloaded below.
  • The body of the abstract may not exceed 300 words.
  • Guidelines for authors are accessible below and strict adherence to these guidelines is essential.
  • Submission of an abstract for the SAHR does not guarantee acceptance.  All abstracts will undergo a systematic peer review selection process.

Abstracts should be submitted to:

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 14 December 2018

Notification of status of abstract: 31 January 2019

Deadline for full manuscripts: 6 May 2019


Additional Opportunities

In addition to our primary call for abstracts, there are two other opportunities for potential authors. The first is the launch of the inaugural Healthcare Workers Writing Development Programme offering writing skills training and ongoing coaching throughout the publication process for identified first time authors. Healthcare workers who are interested in contributing to the SAHR and sharing their insights into the challenges and successes of implementation are encouraged to submit an abstract. Further details about this call will be available in January 2019.

The second is the annual Emerging Public Health Care Practitioner Award (EPHPA) which is open to South African citizens under the age of 35, who are at Masters' level or below.  Applications for this award will open in February 2019.

For more information contact:


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