Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts

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The Africa Mortality Symposium - AfriMS

Counting the Dead, Making the Dead Count in Africa

Sierra Leone

Organized by COMSA—Countrywide Mortality Surveillance for Action–in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation and Njala University

Among the world’s regions, Africa has had the poorest coverage of death registration and cause-of-death reporting. But this is changing, and quickly. The Africa Mortality Symposium—AfriMS—will bring together the leading experts from Africa and around the world to showcase recent and ongoing research and programs, and future opportunities that are already bridging the mortality divide. The Symposium will feature keynote lectures, scientific and policy sessions, poster sessions, and networking opportunities.

Topics include, but will not be limited to:

  • national, subnational, and regional mortality in Africa
  • approaches and techniques to assess mortality
  • mortality by age group
  • mortality related to demographic or geographic characteristics
  • specific important causes (e.g., malaria, hepatitis)
  • epidemics and pandemics, including COVID-19
  • health policy, health systems, and mortality

Your oral or poster presentation abstract should include the following sections, not exceeding 350 words. One table or figure may be included.


Describe the work in less than one line


Introduce the problem addressed by your research or program, with context the reader needs to understand its importance and rationale. Include what is known and unknown on the topic.

Objective, background, or hypothesis

Clearly state the purpose of your work.


Include the important details of what you did, including study design, analytical approaches, and populations studied.


Report the overall results that answer your study question(s), Give more weight to the most important and highest impact results. A table or figure may be included.


Report the high-level take-home message of your research or program. You may want to express an opinion about the implications of your findings.

Key words

Provide up to 5 key words.

Submitting abstracts

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  • Sign Up/ Create an account - this will make you qualify for the virtual attendance
  • Sign In to your account and submit your abstracts for oral or poster presentation
  • Use the authors page (under AfriMS menu) to followup the status of your submissions

Successful candidates

You will be notified according to the schedule below if your abstract is selected for presentation at AfriMS. If selected for an oral presentation, you will be informed of the length of time you will be allowed, along with guidelines for PowerPoint or other presentation software. If selected for a poster, guidelines will be sent for the structure. Posters will be of size A1.

July 01, 2022
Online submission of abstracts open. Visit to register and submit your abstracts.
August 15, 2022
Extended to September 30, 2022
Deadline for abstract submission
August 01, 2022
Abstract review starts
September 30, 2022

Registration starts

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October 10, 2022
Successful candidates notified
November 29 - 30, 2022
AfriMS in action