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.

Governing Council meeting

A meeting of the Governing Council of AFREhealth was held on 5th August, 2018 ahead of the Symposium. In attendance were representatives from collaborating institutions namely – Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), Primary Care and Family Medicine Education (Primafamed) Network, Johns Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics (Jhpiego), Consortium of Universities for Global health (CUGH), Health Resource and Services Administration (HRSA), Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr Eric Goosby and other guests. 

The meeting discussed a wide range of issues covering governance, financial sustainability, the forthcoming and future symposia and leadership transition.  The next Governing Council meeting will be held in February in Gaborone, Botswana. The next annual symposium will be held in Nigeria and Prof David Olaleye was mandated to oversee preparations towards it and update the Council. The dates will be 6th – 8th August, 2019 but the venue is yet to be finalized.

A new Executive Committee  elected by the governing Council, comprising Prof Marietjie De Villiers, Prof Abigail Kazembe, Prof Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde, Prof Vuyu Kanda Golakai, Prof Nelson Sewankambo and Prof Abdon Mukalay will  spearhead the affairs of the organization until August, 2020. 


Attendees of AFREhealth Governing Council Meeting, 5th August, 2018, Durban International Convention Centre, Durban, South Africa





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