People, Place, and Policy for Community Wellness


Building Health Equity in Rural Health 

Community Engagement for Local and Global Health 

Social and Health Policies for the Public Good 

Educating the Health Workforce 

Now Accepting Abstracts


UBUNTU 2024 we will be accepting abstracts in International English.
There is a 250-word limit. The conference formats are chosen to encourage active participation by all conference attendees. The conference program will predominantly be based on contributions from the participants.

Since UBUNTU 2024 will be a physical conference with a virtual component, you will have to choose in your application if you wish to present your abstract in person in Cape Town, South Africa, or virtually. Workshops will only be accepted in a physical format, all other abstract types can be presented virtually. Abstracts that will be presented in person will receive priority in the abstract acceptance process.

We strongly recommend attending the UBUNTU 2024 conference in person, but for those unable to travel, we will provide the opportunity to participate virtually.


Abstract submission opens October 26th, 2023.

Submission Deadlines:
• Oral Presentations – EXTENDED DEADLINE April 14th, 2024 CLOSED
• Free Paper Sessions – EXTENDED DEADLINE April 14th, 2024 CLOSED
• Workshops – March 31st, 2024 CLOSED
• Ubuntu Talks – March 31st, 2024 CLOSED

• TUFH Documentaries – March 31st, 2024 CLOSED


Read our tips for submitting an abstract for Ubuntu 2024.

Submit Your Abstract

You will need to create an account to submit and revise your abstracts.
You can use the same account as for past TUFH annual conferences, if you previously submitted an abstract.

Abstracts Guidelines 

Oral Presentations

Oral Presentations allow 5 minutes to present your work with a poster for visual effect followed by a facilitated discussion among presenters and conference participants. The moderator will invite participants to ask questions and to share experiences pertinent to themes brought up in the presentations. At the conference, contributors and participants will meet in groups of about 30 persons for two-hour sessions. Use this format when writing about research: Introduction – Methods -Results – Discussion – Conclusion.

Ubuntu 2024 is very proud to host the 2 hour-long oral presentation and discussion sessions where students and professionals can present their work using a poster for visual effect. Usually, the presenter has worked on this project for one or more years. They will present the timeline, agenda, goals, results, difficulties, implementation possibilities, etc. Oral Presentations are not always research based, but can also be used to describe a project or organization. The discussion is guided by a moderator who will also seek to facilitate future collaborations based on the projects that are presented. The projects are on different topics linked to a theme and can be in different stages (research project, running project, concluded project, or study). The presenters of Oral Presentations are key to the Scientific value of the Ubuntu 2024 conference. It is their projects that attendees of the Ubuntu 2024 conference come to learn about.




Free Paper Sessions

Free paper sessions are those sessions where delegates present their research papers, including research completed as part of postgraduate programs. You can present for 10 minutes and use 6 PowerPoint slides. Each presentation is followed by a Q&A.
It has a fixed presentation style with introduction, aims and objectives, method, results and conclusion.

These sessions will make the conference more inclusive by allowing applications from rural health professionals from various backgrounds doing different kinds of research and needing an international forum to present their paper.

Abstract Categories:
1. Research
2. Clinical Practice
3. Education and Training
4. Health Policy and Advocacy

Submission Format for Abstract
1. Background: Provide a brief introduction to the topic and its relevance.
2. Methods: Describe the study design, data collection, and statistical methods (for research abstracts).
3. Results: Present key findings or outcomes.
4. Conclusions: Summarize the main conclusions or implications of the work.



Workshops are instructional sessions in which presenters teach and discuss particular skills and techniques, or facilitate learning on a focused topic. The session should accomplish specific learning objectives designed to provide participants with increased competence in some area of importance to the conference theme and goal. The session should include opportunities for practice and feedback. When this is not possible, the session should include a discussion of the skills or topic covered with application to in the participants’ settings.

Workshops are 2 hours long. Workshops have an average of 20 participants


Ubuntu Talks

Ubuntu Talks is a format, akin to a Ted Talk, where participants give short, powerful talks (3 minutes) that share projects, policies, collaborations, or initiatives in which health, education, or other sectors contribute to a healthier society. They are followed by a facilitated discussion among presenters and participants.

The number of participants will be restricted to allow for adequate presentation and discussion time; those who are not selected for Ubuntu Talks will be considered for Oral Presentation sessions.

For an example of a Ted Talk, check out Art Kaufman!


Ubuntu Documentary

 A documentary should reflect your ability to use audiovisual equipment to communicate your topic’s significance. The documentary category will help you develop skills in using photographs, film, video, audio, computers, and graphic presentations. Your presentation should include primary source materials and also must be an original production. To produce a documentary, you must have access to equipment and be able to operate it.

Your documentary focus should be related to a local community and showcase local action. You must present and submit your documentary under one of the 4 subthemes of Ubuntu 2024.
Your documentary has to be a minimum of 5 minutes and a maximum of 10 minutes (including introductions and credits).
You must submit an abstract where you clearly describe what the documentary focus will be (deadline March 31st 2024).
If your abstract is approved, you will have to send your final documentary to secretariat@thenetworktufh.org by May 15th at the latest. Your documentary will undergo a review by the Scientific Committee to give final approval to present at Ubuntu 2024.

During the TUFH Documentary Session, each presenter will be allowed a maximum of 10 minutes where the documentary will be shown, followed by a facilitated discussion among presenters and conference participants. The moderator will invite participants to ask questions and to share experiences pertinent to themes brought up in the presentations. At the conference, contributors and participants will meet in groups of about 20 persons for a two-hour session. 

For an example, please view here.


How to Submit Your Abstract


Here is the step by step video for TUFH 2020 that will take you through the abstract submission (it is the same for Ubuntu 2024).



Abstracts will be reviewed by members of a Review Committee. The following minimum criteria will be used:

  • Adherence to submission instructions
  • Relevance to the conference theme and goals
  • Potential for engaging participants in meaningful discussion
  • Clarity of writing

Upon review, members of the Committee will assign one of the following results:

  • Accepted
  • Accepted in another format
  • Rejected

NOTE: Identities of authors will be concealed from the reviewers during the review process. There will not be a re-review process this year.


You will be informed of the status of your abstract by April 30th, 2024 at the latest.  Early abstract submitters may receive their status prior to this date.


Please be informed that all presenters must register and pay in full by 30 JUNE 2024 if they wish to be included on the program.


f you have an accepted abstract, you acknowledge and agree that The Network: TUFH, Wonca, University of the Western Cape, University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Western Cape Departement of Health & Wellness, the organizing committee of this conference, and sponsors of this conference may edit and publish in any of their digital or printed communications or publications, including but not limited to, websites, social media outlets, newsletters, annual reports, and promotional materials;  the information provided including but not limited to the full abstract, your name, co-author information, pictures, and institutions.