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President - Prof Abigail Kazembe

Abigail Kazembe is an experienced midwifery educator. She is an Associate Professor in Midwifery at Kamuzu College of Nursing, Lilongwe, Malawi, where she has previously held the positions of Deputy Dean of Faculty of Midwifery, Neonatal and Reproductive Studies and Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Research, and Head of Midwifery Department. Abigail Kazembe is also President of AFREhealth, where she is committed to contribute towards quality of care through education of health professionals and research. She has collaborated with local and international partners on areas of her research interest including HIV, maternal and newborn care.

Vice-President - Prof Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde

Dr. Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde  MBChB, MMed, MScHPE, Fellow FAIMER
Dr. Kiguli-Malwadde is the Director of Health Workforce and Development at the African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST). She was the Director of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) African Coordinating Centre (CC) at ACHEST. She is a Radiologist and formerly Associate Professor and Head of the Radiology Department at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. She is a Fellow in Medical Education and Research, Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER), Philadelphia USA and a Fellow in Ultrasound from the Thomas Jefferson University ,Philadelphia, USA.

Secretary - Judy Khanyola

Judy N. Khanyola is Chair of the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) Center for Nursing and Midwifery based in Kigali, Rwanda.
Judy is a registered community health nurse/ midwife and recognized nursing leader in Africa with over 25 years’ experience in clinical nursing and education programs. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton and a master’s degree in Advancing Health Care Practice from the University of Manchester in the UK.

Judy is currently the Africa Representative for Nursing Now, the global campaign to raise the status and profile of nurses and midwives worldwide
Judy is the 2019 recipient of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) Global HIV Award.

Treasurer - Dr Miliard Derbew

Dr. Miliard Derbew is a professor of Pediatrics surgery at the College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University, and adjunct professor in University Toronto Surgical Department and Wilson Center. He is the principal investigator for Medical Education Partnership Initiative Junior Faculty project for Ethiopia, MEPI-JF and Health Education Partnership initiative HEPI. He was the principal investigator of Medical Education Partnership (MEPI) project, a five-years (2010 – 2015) project, which was a consortium of four medical schools in Ethiopia and five universities in the United States, focused on building institutional capacity.

Honorary Member - Prof Fatima Suleman

Fatima Suleman [B.Pharm (UDW,SA), M.Pharm (UDW, SA), PhD (Public Health Sciences)(UIC,USA)] is a Professor in the School of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal and Professor, and Director: World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Policy and Evidence Based Practice. She is a former Prince Claus Chair of Development and Equity: Affordable (Bio)Therapeutics for Public Health (until September 2018) at Utrecht University, and a Fulbright Alumnus (Fulbright Scholar 2002-2004). She has been appointed by the South African Minister of Health to serve on the National Pricing Committee (2010-current) and is currently the Chair of the Pricing Committee. She has been appointed to the World Health Organization's Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Evaluation (2017 - 2021). She is an EXCO member for the African Forum on Research and Education in Health (AFREhealth) PI Council (current).

Honorary Member - Prof Nelson Sewankambo

Professor of Medicine, Makerere University, Uganda

Past President - Prof Marietjie de Villers

Professor in Family Medicine, Stellenbosch University South Africa

About us

The African Forum for Research and Education in Health (AFREhealth) is an interprofessional health grouping that seeks to work all stakeholders interested in health profession education , research and service delivery to improve the quality of health care in Africa through research, education and capacity building. It is a conglomerate of individuals, institutions, associations and networks from all the geographic and linguistic regions of Africa namely Anglophone, Francophone, Lusophone and Arabophone. Read More...

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