The IHEA congress, held every second year, is the only global forum for health economists to engage around the latest methodological developments, present recent research findings and explore the implications of this research for health policy and practice.  The IHEA congress includes presentations across the full spectrum of health economics’ fields.

The 15th IHEA World Congress on Health Economics was held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from July 8-12, 2023.  The Health Economics Unit of the University of Cape Town, which is the oldest health economics research centre in Africa, hosted the congress.

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Watch this space for information and reflections from the 2023 Congress!

Opening Plenary: Diversifying Health Economics: Balancing Power and Partnership

Closing Plenary: Reframing health economics in the context of climate change

Congratulations to all IHEA Award Winners who were recognized in cape Town!

2023 Congress Reflections

Accessing Congress Recordings

Those who registered for the Congress can login on the program site to view Congress recordings.

To access Congress recordings:

  • Sign in with the same credentials you used to access the program and app during the Congress (your last name + ID). If you need this information to be sent to you again, please email
  • Navigate to the session you would like to access the recording for (you can either search or browse by day or field to access any sessions).
  • Click on the name of the session to open it and then scroll down to view the embedded recording. Note: these recordings cannot be downloaded, they can only be viewed in this format. 

Pre-Congress recordings will be added to the IHEA YouTube channel shortly.

Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee (SC) plays a critical role in IHEA congresses given that the program is based on abstracts accepted through a rigorous peer-review process.  An open call is issued for IHEA members to express their interest in serving on the panel to review abstracts submitted for each congress. Those who have served on the SC Review Panel for at least two recent congresses are eligible to be considered to serve as Program Chairs. There are two to three Program Chairs for each health economics field, who work together to finalize the abstract acceptances (from the review panel scores) and compile individual abstracts into coherent sessions. To be considered for the position of overall SC Co-Chair, an IHEA member needs to have served as a Program Chair for at least two recent congresses.

Members of the Scientific Committee for the 2023 Congress are listed below.

Ana Balsa

Universidad de Montevideo

Paula Lorgelly

University of Auckland/Waipapa Taumata Rau

Funding Partners​

We are extremely grateful to our funding partners who played a critical role in the success of the first IHEA Congress held in Africa. Their contributions facilitated the participation of many delegates from low- and middle-income countries.

Future Congresses

IHEA releases a call for expressions of interest in hosting a congress three years in advance of that congress.

To learn more about the 2025 Congress, which is being held in Calgary, AB, Canada, click here!

The call for expressions of interest in hosting the 2027 Congress will be issued in early 2024.