International Society for Equity in Health

6th International Conference: Making Policy a Health Equity Building Process
Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

Equity is an important issue to champion for, and is far for been overcome by governments, international or global institution, or academia. However nobody disagrees with it because is too broad. We would like to provide more detail, be more specific and, at the same time, offer a multi disciplinary look. Following this, we intend to “qualify” equity, defining a series of key topics:
• Inequity in access to essential drugs
• Inequity in access to high cost treatments
• Inequity in access to primary health care
• Inequity in the process of health care provision
• Sexual and reproductive health and equity
• Financially catastrophic out of pocket expenditures in health
• Community Participants and health equity
• Quality assurance and its impact to equity
• Communication campaigns, advocacy and health
• Equity to care in different health systems and the impact on equity of Health reforms (decentralization, primary health care strategies, georeference).
• Impact evaluation of health programs and health promotion interventions
• Environment, water, sanitation and inequity in health status and treatment

Equity is not only a research issue. It requires an interdisciplinary approach and a research & policy partnership showing clear experiences about how to reach equity in health. Therefore, we identify certain arenas where research and policymaking interact:
i- Political economy of health reforms
ii- Program evaluation
iii- Governance

Important Dates & Deadlines:

Mar 4
Apr 4
Mar 25
Apr 15
Apr 25
May 25
Jul 15
Deadline or Milestone
Organized Session Submission Deadline
Organized Session Selections
Individual Abstract Submission Deadline
Early Bird Registration Deadline
Individual Abstract Selections
Draft Program Posted
Participant Registration Deadline



All participants are invited to submit an abstract for symposia and/or oral and/or poster presentations to [email protected] It is not necessary to be a member of the International Society for Equity in Health to submit an abstract. Abstracts will be reviewed by members of the Scientific Program Committee. All accepted abstracts will be published in a program and abstract book.


Variety of formats including Poster, Panel Discussion, Papers, Workshops and Symposia. Descriptions of each format immediately below.

• Posters allow presenters to discuss their research with interested colleagues in an informal setting.
• Panel Discussions are hour-long sessions designed to allow for discussion amongst 3-4 presenters as well as provide a forum for interaction with session attendees.
• Papers clustered around common themes will be presented for 15 minutes each (12 minutes for presentation and 3 for discussion).
• Symposia are 90 minutes in length and should involve one chair and a maximum of four speakers, one of whom may be a discussant (optional). Symposia must be international and interdisciplinary in scope, i.e., they must include a diversity of disciplines and a minimum of two countries must be represented among the participants. If a symposium is not accepted, individual presentations in that symposium will be evaluated for acceptability as oral or poster presentations.
• Workshops are 2.5 hours (150 minutes) in length, and provide an opportunity for a group of participants to achieve a specific goal or address a particular problem. It may aim to train or educate participants in essential research or clinically-relevant skills, or to address a specific problem, or to develop a consensus on a particular issue.

Workshop proposals should include an interactive component and should be aimed at ONE of the following levels:

Special Instructions for Workshop Presenters:
• The main presenter of the workshop will have his or her conference membership fee reimbursed provided 10 or more participants register for your workshop.
• If 6 to 9 participants register, one presenter will receive half of this fee waived.
• When fewer than 6 participants register, the workshop will be offered only if the workshop presenter agrees to conduct the workshop without compensation – otherwise the workshop will be cancelled.

Abstracts will be blinded and reviewed by track experts. Special consideration will be given to submissions that reflect the theme for the 6th Conference.


Submission Details
Abstracts and session proposals should include ALL contact details (especially e-mails) for all participants including presenters and any chairs or discussants (where applicable) and should be sent to [email protected]

Abstract Length
Individual abstracts and abstracts in sessions should not exceed 500 words each.

Numbers of Presentations per Presenter
ISEQH limits the number of oral presentations for each presenter during the initial program development. Session organizers should keep this in mind when selecting presenters who may have multiple obligations.
After the draft program is released some presenters may be offered additional presentations to maintain the program structure.

Organized Session Guidelines
Sessions may be either abstract-driven or a panel session format (discussion, roundtable, debate, etc.). Sessions should include between 3-4 presentations.

Abstract Driven Sessions
Abstract-driven proposals should include chair and organizer contact details, a session description (up to 500 words), abstracts (up to 500 words each) and all presenter and co-author information.

Panel Sessions
Panel session proposals should include chair and organizer contact details, a session description (up to 500 words), speaker bios and presenter information. The organizers must ensure that they have AGREEMENT from all participants to take part in the session before the proposal is submitted. They must also ensure that the participants understand that they must register and pay for the congress.

Other Notes on Sessions
The organizers must ensure that they have AGREEMENT from all participants to take part in the session before the proposal is submitted. The Session Organizer will be the main contact with ISEQH for the session. All participants within organized sessions are expected to register and pay by the deadlines listed on the Congress website. Organizers should seek funding for any developing region session participants from their own sources or contacts