URGENT: AFREhealth 2020 Symposium

It is with great regret that AFREhealth announces the cancellation of its 4th Annual Symposium which was scheduled to take place in August, 2020 in Addis Ababa. This is due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and the envisioned medium-term travel restrictions.

The next AFREhealth Symposium will be held in August 2021; in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The exact dates will be communicated once it is confirmed. We will also inform you soonest of the changes in abstract submission dates and other timelines related to the Symposium.

Abstracts already submitted will be carried forward to the 2021 Symposium. If you wish to withdraw your abstract or modify for re-submission, please contact the Local Organising Committee via e-mail on 2020afrehealthsymposium@gmail.com.

Please note that AFREhealth is offering a wide range of material to assist our members in managing the COVID 19 pandemic. These include regular webinars, with recordings and slides of previous webinars available on the AFREhealth website – www.afrehealth.org. In addition, scientific articles, other materials and a blog are also available on our website, and a virtual workshop on COVID 19 following the STRIPE model is offered for trainers and schools on request.

Stay safe and keep well.
Marietjie de Villiers, AFREhealth President



SUNSTRIPE is a project of the Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health, Stellenbosch University, as part of the Strengthening Interprofessional Education for HIV (STRIPE-HIV) project, which in turn represents a collaboration between the African Forum for Research and Education in Health (AFREhealth) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

An important focus of the project across Africa has been the delivery of STRIPE HIV Fundamentals workshops. We have produced this series of podcasts, based on our experience of implementing these workshops in South Africa, to offer practical approaches, suggestions and ideas for facilitating effective workshops so as to make the most of the learning opportunities. We hope the podcasts will also be useful to people looking for tips on running workshops in general.

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.

Prof Peter Donkor, President of AFREhealth, presenting the citation to Dr Eric Goosby. Looking on are Prof Abigail Kazembe (University of Malawi) and Dr Roger Glass (FIC, NIH)

Executive Committee members and some invited speakers with Dr Eric Goosby
(From left to right)
Keith Martin (CGH), Francis Omaswa (ACHEST), Nelson Sewankambo (Executive Committee member,  AFREhealth), Marietjie De Villiers (Vice president, AFREhealth), Eric Goosby, Peter Donkor (President), Miliard Derbew (Executive Committee  member), Roger Glass (NIH/FIC)
Abigail Kazembe (Vice President), James Hakim (Executive committee member) Salim Abdool Karim (University of KwaZulu-Natal),

Members of AFREhealth Governing Council with Dr Eric Goosby





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