AFREhealth Celebrating AFRICA Day

On 25 May 2019, AFREhealth celebrates Africa Day together with the rest of the continent. AFREhealth is actively working to change Afro-pessimism into a desire to solve pressing African issues through purposeful partnerships, inclusive networks and a Africa-focused community, taking us into a feisty Africa future.

AFREhealth is ideally situated to facilitate innovative health professions education, research agendas and social responsibility to address opportunities and challenges that are shaping Africa’s integration into the global economy.

Let us celebrate Africa’s richness of cultures, peoples, resources and futures together on this Africa Day.

Prof Marietjie de Villiers
AFREhealth President

Strengthening InterProfessional Education for HIV (STRIPE HIV) - AFREhealth-UCSF Partnership

Eleven (11) physician and nursing experts in health professions education and HIV care convened in Johannesburg May 16th and 17th, 2019 to kickoff planning the STRIPE-HIV Fundamentals Course, a two-day training course on inter-professional, high-quality HIV care intended for graduating MEPI and NEPI students prior to entering clinical care.

This expert panel was chaired by Prof. Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde and included faculty from six academic institutions and several global health organizations, with AFREhealth representation from President, Marietjie  de Villiers and Vice-President Abigail Kazembe.

AFREhealth wins first grant

The African Forum for Research and Education for Health (AFREhealth) is proud to be the recipient of a $ 3,942,419 five-year grant award from the US National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center (NIH/FIC). The overall objective of this grant is to strengthen AFREhealth as a pan-African multi-professional young association, through building squarely upon the highly productive experience and achievements of the PEPFAR-supported Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and Nursing Education Partnership Initiative (NEPI). The specific aims of the proposed grant are to:
1. Strengthen AFREhealth to become a leading, self-sustaining, pan-African inter-professional organization;
2. Provide strong professional skills development, inter-institutional and inter-professional partnerships, build collaborations, and shared learning to increase quantity, quality, and retention among African health workers;
3. Provide transformational leadership to increase productivity, impact, and visibility of African-led, locally relevant health research.

AFREhealth Inducts New Leaders

After completing a 2-year term, the first Executive Committee of AFREhealth led by Prof Peter Donkor, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, who  got the organization on a firm footing, handed over to the new leadership who were inducted into office during the closing ceremony on 8th August, 2018. They will serve a two-year term ending August, 2020. AFREhealth’s new President is Prof Marietjie De Villiers, Stellenbosch University. She previously served as Vice President from 2016-2018. Other members include Prof Abigail Kazembe, Vice President (University of Malawi), Prof Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde, Secretary, (African Centre for Health and Social Transformation, ACHEST) , Prof Vuyu Kanda Golakai, Treasurer  (University of Liberia)  and two other  members – Prof Nelson Sewankambo (Makerere University) and Prof Abdon Mukalay (University of Lubumbashi). The first Executive committee successfully organized two (2) annual symposia, developed governance structures, established a secretariat and a website, publicized AFREhealth on global platforms, and published  a special  supplement of the Annals of Global Health, dedicated to research by Africa. 

AFREhealth Honours First Life Member

Dr Eric Goosby, a Professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the UN special envoy on Tuberculosis, was the proud recipient of AFREhealth’s very first Citation of Honor on August 6, 2018 at its 2nd Annual Symposium held in Durban, South Africa. The citation was in appreciation of the central role Dr Goosby played in the MEPI and NEPI initiatives, out of which AFREhealth emerged. In addition to the citation,  the Governing Council of AFREhealth also made Dr Goosby its first Life Member. He is greatly appreciated for his courageous faith in investing in health professions education in Africa.

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