URGENT: AFREhealth 2020 Symposium

It is with great regret that AFREhealth announces the postponement of the AFREhealth Symposium that was to be held in Addis Ababa in August 2020,
due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Symposium will be provisionally moved to a date in November,
which will be communicated once the Addis Symposium hosts have had discussions with the conference venue and hotels.

We will also inform you soonest of the changes in abstract submission dates and other timelines related to the Symposium.

We are hosting regular webinars on the pandemic, dates are posted on the website as well as recordings and slides from the webinars.

Stay safe and well.

Marietjie de Villiers, AFREhealth President 

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.

Congratulations to the writing team who consisted of Nelson Sewankambo, James Hakim, Jean B. Nachega, Abigail Kazembe, Judy Khanyola, Fatima Suleman, Onesmus Gachuno, Peter Donkor, Moses Simuyemba, Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde and Onike Rodrigues; and all who contributed in one way or another (both technical and administratively) to put this grant together.
Working closely with incoming AFREhealth President Professor Marietjie de Villiers and its executive committee, Professor Nelson Sewankambo, lead Principal Investigator (PI) as well as co-PIs Professor Prisca Adejumo, Professor Jean B. Nachega and Professor Fatima Suleman, are committed to the success of this AFREhealth inaugural grant. The team will work with the active contribution of the AFREhealth Governing Council, program faculty, participants, members, and our many partners and collaborators who supported AFREhealth in its application.






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The African Forum for Research and Education in Health (AFREhealth) is an interdisciplinary health professional grouping that seeks to work with Ministries of Health, training institutions and other stakeholders to improve the quality of health care in Africa through research, education and capacity building.

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