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.

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.

In addition to discussing and planning for the implementation of the upcoming STRIPE project, the expert  panel spent  time discussing the core principles, topics, goals, objectives, and educational strategies that are integral to delivering inter-professional, high quality HIV care across their institutions.

This work will build on the bigger goal of the  STRIPE project, namely  to maximize the impact of HRSA’s investment in, and PEPFAR’s continued commitment to ,building health  workforce capacity across Africa to achieve HIV epidemic control.  As such STRIPE’s focus will strengthening interprofessional HIV training provided by MEPI and NEPI institutions and their partner facilities to ensure that the next generation of health care professionals is equipped to deliver the highest quality, collaborative, evidence-informed HIV care.

Pictured left to right:

Back row - Fred Semitala (Makerere University, Uganda), Mosepele Mosepele (University of Botswana), Stefanus Snyman (AfrIPEN)

Third row - Clara Haruzivishe (University of Zimbabwe), Michael Reid (University of California, San Francisco)

Second row - Evelyn Chilembe (Kamuzu College of Nursing, Malawi), Jehan Budak (University of California, San Francisco), Marietjie de Villiers (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)

Front row - Judy Khanyola (ICAP, Kenya), Elsie Kiguli-Malwedde (ACHEST, Uganda), Abigail Kazembe (Kamuzu College of Nursing, Malawi)





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