Announcing new AFREhealth Vice President

Dear AFREhealth Community,
On behalf of the AFREhealth Governing Council, I am delighted to announce the election of Prof Nelson Sewankambo as AFREhealth Vice President following the demise of the late Prof Alfred Kien Mteta.

Nelson was inducted into office at the recent Governing Council meeting held on February 14, 2024, in Lubumbashi, DRC. He is a distinguished Professor of Medicine at the Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS), Uganda, and a founding member of AFREhealth.

Throughout the organization's journey, Nelson has played an integral role, contributing significantly to its growth and development. His extensive leadership experience enriches our team, and we are thrilled to have him at a crucial moment in our organization's development.

We extend our best wishes to Nelson in his new role and kindly request your support as we embark on this exciting chapter together.

Thank you

CUGH awards and honours Prof Mteta

Dear AFREhealth Community,

AFREhealth extends heartfelt congratulations to Prof Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde (President of AFREhealth and Director of Health Workforce and Development at the African Centre for Social Health and Social Transformation, Uganda) and Prof Abebe Bekele Zerihun (Deputy Vice Chancellor at University of Global Health Equity in Kigali, Rwanda, and a member of the AFREhealth Governing Council), for their noteworthy achievement in receiving the 2024 CUGH Global Leadership Award. This award recognises outstanding individuals who are significantly impacting global health outcomes worldwide. We celebrate this meaningful accomplishment and success with great joy.

Congratulation to Prof. Oathokwa Nkomazana

Dear AFREhealth Colleagues,

Join us to congratulate Prof. Oathokwa Nkomazana who will take up a new position as Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health in the Government of Botswana beginning 3rd October 2023. 

She was a member of our past Governing Council,  and was a founding member of AFREhealth (Former MEPI PI). 

She has been an Associate Professor of Public Health (2019), Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor- Academic Affairs (2018 - 2020), Dean Faculty of Medicine (June 2018 to date) at the University of Botswana.

We wish her the best as she takes on this new post.

Promoting Green Energy: AFREhealth installs Solar System worth $58,690 to supplement Energy Supply at KNUST [the School of Medicine and Dentistry Block, KNUST]

AFREhealth with funding support from the National Institutes of Health, Fogarty International Center, USA has installed a 30kW ultra-modern solar system worth $58,690.00 at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, KNUST where its Secretariat is based. This is part of AFREhealth’s broader commitment to addressing climate change and support KNUSTs’ green energy agenda.

The solar system, which provides an alternative energy supply, will help stabilize power supply and enhance academic and operational activities of the School. The system was executed by the Starsight Energy Ghana Limited.

The project was commissioned on 29th August 2023 by Prof. Rita Akosua Dickson, Vice-Chancellor, KNUST, assisted by Prof Christian Agyare, Provost, College of Health Science, Prof Sam Newton, Dean, School of Public Health and Mrs Georgina Yeboah, Executive Director of AFREhealth.

View Photos

PEPFAR at 20 — A Game-Changing Impact on HIV in Africa

By 2003, highly active antiretroviral therapy (ART) had transformed AIDS from a fatal illness into a chronic, manageable condition in industrialized countries. But in sub-Saharan Africa, home to 70% of the global population of people living with HIV, fewer than 50,000 of the estimated 27 million people living with HIV had access to ART, which resulted in a staggering 10- to 20-year drop in life expectancy and millions of infants with HIV dying within 1 year after birth.1

To address the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa, U.S. President George W. Bush announced the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in 2003. Congress swiftly authorized $15 billion as part of the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act.


Celebrating Prof Serigne M. Gueye

Dear AFREhealth Colleague,

Join us celebrate Prof Serigne Magueye Gueye, MD, FWACS, the recipient of the Urology Care Foundation 2023 Humanitarian Recognition Award.

This award is bestowed upon an individual who exemplifies the spirit of philanthropy as evidenced by their humanitarian work.

Prof Gueye is an active AFREhealth member and serves on the Advisory Board to the AFREhealth NIH Grant.  Read more:

Thank you

Kilmarx steps in as Acting Fogarty Director, Sturke to act as Deputy

Headshot of Dr. Peter Kilmarx 

Peter Kilmarx, M.D., is stepping in as Acting Director of the Fogarty International Center and Acting Associate Director, Global Health Research, National Institutes of Health, after the departure of Roger I. Glass, M.D., Ph.D.  An expert on infectious disease research and HIV/AIDS prevention, Dr. Kilmarx was named Deputy Director of the Fogarty International Center in 2015. During his tenure at Fogarty he has lead analysis of NIH global health activities, built coalitions with high-level NIH and external stakeholders, and represented the Center and NIH in national and international forums. He co-lead an initiative to transform African health professional education and research, resulting in the formation of the African Association for Health Professions Education and Research (AFREHealth), as well as the African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI), which brings African postdoctoral fellows to NIH. He has also focused on efforts to increase equity in global health research and building global capacity for pandemic preparedness .

“I'm grateful for the leadership and mentoring of Dr. Roger Glass," said Dr. Kilmarx. "I'm excited about this opportunity to serve Fogarty and our partners, strengthening global research capacity and partnerships to address the critical global health challenges of our time."  Dr. Kilmarx will oversee an annual budget of more than $95 million and a portfolio of nearly 600 active grants while continuing Fogarty's mission to support and facilitate global health research conducted by U.S. and international investigators, build partnerships between health research institutions in the U.S. and abroad, and train the next generation of scientists to address global health needs.

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...

Contact Us

Mobile (Whatsapp): +233 50 835 1306 
Office: +233 32 249 6882

[email protected]

School of Public Health
College of Health Sciences
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

Like & Follow Us