The Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care in the University of Witwatersrand, has set up a Research Group called COPC4NHI, covering everything between PHC and NHI, with an emphasis on community-orientation. It brings together postgraduate students (doing PhDs and Masters), senior researchers or officials with a research interest in the field, and potential researchers.
This research group will have a meeting once a month as an open webinar and then a closed research meeting. This will be 1-4pm on the last Wednesday of every month.
This will be an open webinar on MS Teams bringing together speakers from across the world, Africa and South Africa, who could provide valuable content insights into the development and research of National Health Insurance, with a focus on PHC. If you are interested in joining the COPC4NHI Webinars then fill in the form here
See previous webinars below:
Research Meeting (2-4pm):
This will be a closed meeting on MS Teams bringing together postgraduate students (doing PhDs and Masters), senior researchers or officials with a research interest in the field, and potential researchers. This is to support research in the space. It will involve presentations by students/senior researchers on topics of use to researchers and a quick update by potential researchers on their progress. We will also help them find suitable supervisors and guide them on taking this forward.
In order to assist potential researchers we request that they use the PhD Research Concept Note with Matrix and the Masters Research Concept Note with Matrix . We also encourage that they look at AfroPHC videos here that can help them in the steps of developing a research protocol for submission to an ethics committee.
Whilst the Concept Note structure is important we don’t expect it to be very detailed to start with. It can even be with bullet points but you do need to apply your mind after reading around it. We will be adding useful and relevant literature in these pages as we proceed. Potential researchers need to be submit these Concept Notes before being admitted into the meetings. They also have to commit to a 24 month timetable by which they would like to be held accountable. We will expect monthly updates on this so that we can assist if potential researchers are lagging. We will also be slotting in researcher presentations (with reviews by senior researchers) at certain points.