Knowledge, preparedness, and attitude towards COVID-19 among health professions’ students in Africa

To whom it may concern,

The best teacher award for 2020 goes to COVID-19 and as facilitators, we are open to learning, along with our students. As health professionals’ training institutions begin to prepare to open up in Africa, or have actually opened up, this introductory letter seeks your permission to enable your students to participate in an AFREhealth COVID-19 survey for students targeting different African countries. This is imperative to understand the knowledge, attitudes and preparedness of the various health professions’ students at different levels of training towards the COVID-19 pandemic.

Debunking the Myth of Artemisia Annua for the Treatment of COVID-19

African Forum for Research and Education in Health (AFREhealth) investigators from across the globe recently published a paper in the prestigious scientific Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene assessing the bioactive compounds, pharmacological and immunological effects, and traditional uses for the derivative Artemisia annua (A. annua) found in the medicinal herb Artemisia spp. which has been proposed as a possible treatment for COVID-19.

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2020 MAHATHIR SCIENCE AWARD RECIPIENT IS THOUGHT LEADER IN TB, TB/HIV AND EMERGING AND RE-EMERGING EPIDEMIC INFECTIONS

Professor Sir Alimuddin ZumlaThis prestigious international award is presented annually in recognition for the best scientific work in solving the health problems of the Tropics

The recipient of the 2020 Mahathir Science Award (MSA), the most prestigious international Science Award for Tropical Sciences, is Professor Sir Alimuddin Zumla, Professor of Infectious Diseases and International Health at University College London, UK; Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician at UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London. UK.

Sir Alimuddin’s research and capacity development work over 30 years have allowed for breakthroughs in Tuberculosis, TB/HIV co-infections and Infectious Diseases with Epidemic potential, as well as improved health of disadvantaged people.

Sir Alimuddin was selected as the recipient of this award on basis of his illustrious career in infectious diseases and tropical medicine. He established and directs a multi-continent collaboration with several African, Middle Eastern, European and American institutions on collaborative research aligned closely to capacity development and training programs and his research has truly had major impact beyond academia.

Mahathir Science Award winners receive USD100,000, a Gold Medal and a Certificate.

Appointment of Executive Director

The AFREhealth Governing Council at their last meeting in August, 2020, appointed Mrs. Georgina Yeboah as Executive Director of the organization. She assumed duty at the AFREhealth Secretariat in Kumasi, Ghana on the 1st of October, 2020. This is exciting news for AFREhealth; as she brings on board her expertise to contribute towards our mission to be a responsive and leading African forum in the pursuit of excellence in health education, research and service provision.

Georgina has twenty-five and half years experience in hospital administration practice and human resource management at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi - Ghana. She is passionate about total quality health care and looks forward to its achievement in her work with AFREhealth.

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AFREhealth Condemns Racism Statement

As a pan-African interdisciplinary health professionals’ organization, AFREhealth values diversity, and the principles of human rights. AFREhealth is committed to openness and diversity that is built on dignity and mutual respect for all members, participants, staff, and communities that we serve. We are committed to a world free of discrimination based on personal attributes including race, ethnicity, citizenship, age, religion, wealth, disability, sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity or expression.

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