Dr. Emmanuel Ankrah Odame is the Director of Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation at the Ministry of Health, Ghana. He is also the National Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Acceleration Framework (MAF) Coordinator, to help Ghana achieve MDG 4 and 5 targets in Maternal and Child Health. He was also an External Clinical Auditor for the National Health Insurance Scheme for more than three years, in which capacity he conducted clinical audits in various hospitals across Ghana.
He was the lead negotiator for the Ghanaian health sector during the negotiations of the Sustainable Development Meetings at the UN in New York. He has done consultancies for international organisations including the International Labour Organizations and Oxfam International. He is also a board member of a private health insurance company Phoenix Health Insurance, previous Board Member of National Population Council and a member of the National Health Insurance Oversight Committee of Ghana. He was the previous chair of the Early Carrier Network of the Health Technology Assessment International (HTAI). He has publications ranging from Health Policy, Health Technology Assessment among others to his credit.
He has been a panelist and presenter at many international for health policy spanning from Health Technology Assessment International, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, World Health Assembly, World Health Organisation Africa Regional Committee meeting, Global Conference on Primary Health Care, Kazakhstan 2018 among others.
Dr. Odame received his MBCHB (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery) and Master of Public Health (Health Policy) from the University of Ghana in 2005 and 2010 respectively. He additionally obtained a specialist qualification (MGCPS) in Health Policy from the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2013.
Jan G. Nijhuis (1952) graduated as MD in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and finished his PhD in 1984. He is one of the first "fetal watchers" and his very first publication "Are there behavioural states in the human fetus ?" After he finished his training as a gynaecologist, he specialised further in obstetric perinatology. Nijhuis also performed animal experimental work with prof Hanson and prof Dawes, in the University of Reading UK, and in that same period (1986-1987) he was also trained in prenatal diagnosis by prof. Nicolaides in the King's College Hospital in London. He is the (co-)editor of many books in the field of fetal behaviour, fetal ultrasonography, fetal monitoring, general and high care obstetrics. He has also initiated the process of making national guidelines in obs/gyn, and started the "workinggroup Otterlo", which is still the major contributor of the obstetric guidelines. He also initiated the yearly Dutch Progress Examination for residents Ob/Gyn (voortgangstoets), and introduced the "MOET-course" (managing obstetric emergencies & trauma) in the Netherlands. As member of several international societies and committees, his work has also been acknowledged internationally. In 1993 he received the "De Snoo van't Hoogerhuijs" award for perinatal research. In 2008 he was announced as "top-specialist Obs/Gyn" in the Netherlands, based on a national enquiry among Dutch Specialists. In 1999 he was appointed as professor in Obstetrics and head of the division Obstetrics in the University Hospital Maastricht. From 2008 he is director of the Centre for Genetics, Reproduction and Child health of the Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC), from 2005-2007 president of the Dutch Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (NVOG). In 2009 he was appointed as a member of the Dutch Health Council.
Dr. Carmela J. DeCandia, President of Artemis Associates, LLC, received her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, New England. A Clinical Fellow of the Harvard Medical School, she graduated to work in community practice to serve homeless and highly vulnerable families. She has worked for nearly 30 years, with children and families affected by trauma and adversity by successfully designed programs and built organizations to support trauma-informed, resiliency based, service delivery. She was Director of the National Center on Family Homeless for almost 4 years and has authored several publications on topics including child development, trauma, family homelessness, and assessment. A member of the American Psychological Association, she holds a mastery certificate from the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma. She is currently Principal Investigator of NEST project funded by NICHD. She was awarded the Horace Mann Spirit of Service Award from Antioch University.
Dr. Efraim Bilavsky is a Pediatrician and infectious diseases expert. He is a Senior physician, Department of Pediatrics "C", Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel. He is Associate Professor at Tel-Aviv University, Sackler School of Medicine. He is a Member of European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Israel Medical Association, Israel Society of Clinical Pediatrics, Israel Society of Infectious diseases, Israel Society of Pediatric Infectious diseases.
He has received several awards, Acta Paediatrica Young Investigator Award 2009, Dean's award (2012) - excellent tutor to medical students, Dean's award (2013)- excellent course coordinator in school of continuing medical education. He has 76 publications and an Editorial board member for Clinical Pediatrics, Acta Paediatrica, Journal of the Southern Medical Association, Pediatrics International, Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, Clinical Microbiology and infection, Journal of Medical Case Reports, American Journal of Infection Control, International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, Anaerobe, European Journal of Emergency Medicine, International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases, Journal of Medical Case Reports Case report, Acta Paediatrica, BMC Infectious Diseases. He ia an expert in congenital CMV.
Dr. Renato Nunes is currently working as HRD psychologist and project manager at the Central Hospital of Lisbon. He received his PhD on Health Psychology from the University of Seville. Renato Nunes completed his Masters of Organizational Behavior from the University of Lisboa. He then worked at the Institute Piaget and University Lusofona, served as Associate Professor. He has authored several publications in various journals and books. His publications reflect his research interests in burnout at several scientific approaches. Additionally is serving as a member or fellow in American Psychologists Association. Finally, he's been awarded with the Good Practices of Public Sector, namely on Health, in 2009.
Currently I'm working as a health financing advisor to one of the regions, Oromiya region in Ethiopia where I'm supporting and advising on implementation of health financing reforms. Previously I worked at different levels in Ethiopian ministry of Health. I was worked as Planning and budgeting expert, Health policy and planning coordinator, Coordinator for health Economics and financing analysis, Assistance Director for resource Mobilization Directorate and Acting Director for resource Mobilization Directorate of the ministry.
I was member of core technical working group that leads preparation and costing of sector strategies at the ministry. Associated with this I was part of the team that in placed harmonization and alignment principles within the Ethiopian health sector. I also lead mobilization of resources for the health sector. I also lead establishment of a unit that dedicated on generating evidences in area of health economics and financing in the ministry and worked on evidence generation activities in this area.
I presented experiences of Ethiopia on health planning and health financing at different international conferences. Academically I received my bachelor of art in Economics and also graduated in masters of public health.