RHC2022 Registration deadline extended to 28th Aug

The Rural Health Conference (RHC) is a wonderful multidisciplinary conference held annually in South Africa. 3 days of sharing rural experiences and research. Join at the venue in Oudtshoorn Western Cape South Africa on join the virtual programme .

There is a great programme see the overview here https://www.ruralhealthconference.org.za/programme
you can download the DRAFT programme here: https://www.ruralhealthconference.org.za/programme it is a download doc

Still time to register as a delegate here:

Commonwealth Foundation: Call to health writers

The Commonwealth Foundation is delighted to launch the 2022-2023 adda call for submissions. Writers are invited to submit creative non-fiction, short fiction, short graphic fiction and poetry on the theme of healthy communities.

What does health mean to us as individuals and as societies? How does the climate crisis impact our health? What is the relationship between health access for all and justice? How do we imagine a world with health and care at its centre?

What if we never got ill? Or if we were all doctors?

Submit your entry here

We are interested in works that speak creatively to questions around the idea of healthy communities, which might include creative reflections on physical and mental well-being, disability justice, sexual and reproductive rights, LGBTQIA+ healthcare, the art and practice of indigenous medicine, among others.

Remember that the deadline for this open call is 4 October 2022 at 23:59 in your time zone.

Mooki Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 2

We are sharing the second issue of Mooki newsletter of the Lesotho Nurses Association. For the success of our newsletter, please feel free to share your stories, articles, events, interviews, and any developments in Lesotho Nursing and Midwifery with the editor (contacts provided in this issue). The editorial team will highly appreciate feedback on how to improve the Newsletter…!!!


Call for applications: Seed Pilot Project opportunities

Global Health Practitioner Conference 2022


It’s been over two years since we’ve gathered in person and we can’t wait to convene in Bethesda, MD from October 3rd -5th for the Global Health Practitioner Conference 2022!

Register today to attend this landmark event where global leaders in community health will be sharing lessons and ideas on how to transform the global health landscape…more

Call for a Masters degree program with Stellenbosch University, Division of Health systems and Public Health


The Division of Health Systems and Public Health in the Department of Global Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, invites suitably qualified candidates to apply for a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Health Systems. This is a two-year part time programme, primarily offered online with some face-to-face engagements (depending on COVID-related restrictions, this training may be delivered via an online platform and students will not be expected to travel to Cape Town). The goal of the programme is to develop the participant’s knowledge, skills and practices in the field of health systems strengthening and research, and public health. The programme is designed to accommodate practitioners who work full-time, from a range of backgrounds including but not limited to social work, medicine, nursing, economics, health economics, public health, health service management, policy making and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The training aims to build the research capacity and leadership of the participants in their work, while contributing to knowledge generation in Africa. The MPhil Health Systems programme is differentiated into two streams or tracks, allowing for a focused approach to Health Systems (HS) and Health Economic Evaluation (HEE). The purpose of the HEE track is to equip participants with skills to understand and evaluate the comparative costs and benefits of health system policies, strategies, and interventions to manage uncertainty and inform policy and decision-making using an evidence-based approach.


• A qualification at NQF 8 according to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) is a required. If you are an international student, you must obtain SAQA certificate for qualifications from non-South African institutions. • You must demonstrate the necessary academic ability and equivalent professional experience in health systems and or public health. • Mathematics at National Senior Certificate (NSC) level, computer literacy and fluency in written and spoken English. • A minimum of 3-5 years experience in health systems or public health. For more information and application process contact Tracey Pietersen at traceyp@sun.ac.za or apply online at http://www.maties.com.

Closing dates for applicants are the 31 August 2022 for international applications and 30 September 2022 for national applications.

MPhil bursaries

Dear colleagues,
Stellenbosch University has two bursaries for MPhil in Family Medicine students for 2023-2024. The bursaries are dependent on the MPhil student conducting a case study for their research project on how climate change has impacted primary health care, presumably at a specific location in their own country. The bursaries include course fees, research costs and a visit to the University of Ghent in Belgium for research training/supervision. The underlying TEAMS grant is a collaboration between Stellenbosch University and University of Ghent on climate change and primary health care in Africa.

The MPhil also contains course work designed to build capacity in primary care research, leadership, clinical governance, education and training – so ideal for those developing more of an academic career in family medicine or primary health care. You can check out the entry requirements and design of the course on our website Division of Family Medicine and Primary Care (sun.ac.za) As a non-clinical degree, entry is open to all registered health professionals (NQF level 8 and above) that meet the requirements, and not just doctors. The course is almost entirely on-line and via distance learning, with one required visit to Stellenbosch University at the start of the 2-year programme.

If you are interested please let me know and send me your CV as well as a 1-page motivation as to why you should be considered for the bursary. Entries for the MPhil close at end of September and we would like to select the successful bursary holders by early September. So please respond before the 31st August if you are interested.

Please circulate to those that might be interested.
Best wishes,

ReLAB-HS August 2022 Newsletter

Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems (ReLAB-HS) is continuing its efforts to strengthen health systems that are responsive to the growing needs for rehabilitation across the lifespan by targeting its efforts in Burma, Pakistan, Uganda and Ukraine – and in this newsletter you can read of how ReLAB-HS is making a difference in those countries.

Read about ReLAB-HS’s official launch in Pakistan, its advocacy work at the World Health Assembly, and connect with several learning resources created by the consortium. This newsletter also contains information on how to register for an upcoming Massive Online Open Course, “Understanding the Rehabilitation Needs of Displaced Persons.” And be sure to save the date (Sept. 26, 9 a.m. EDT) for a ReLAB-HS webinar “Leadership for Rehabilitation: Addressing the needs in fragile and conflict-affected settings.” …more

UpToDate – Monkeypox Content Available for FREE

Wolters Kluwer are providing FREE access to the latest evidence-based content in UpToDate and Ovid relating to the Monkeypox outbreak to all clinicians and organisations, including those that do not currently subscribe to UpToDate. As with all UpToDate clinical topics, the content is being constantly reviewed by our team of clinical experts, clinical researchers and editors and is updated as new information becomes available.

Get FREE access to the related clinical topics as well as FREE access the information below here: http://gag.gl/rQQeJj

– European and UK Society guidelines including the British HIV association and UK Health Security Agency.

– Patient education informmation relating to risk, symptoms and treatments in a printable, understandable format.

– Understanding the neurollogical effects of the monkeypox virus on patients.

– A primer on Monkeypox foor obstetricians and gynaecologists.

– Additional Monkeypox ressources.

WHO publishes new guidelines on HIV, hepatitis and STIs

The guidelines outline a public health response to HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) for 5 key populations (men who have sex with men, trans and gender diverse people, sex workers, people who inject drugs and people in prisons and other closed settings)…

“The new data from UNAIDS show that around 70% of new HIV infections occur among key populations and their partners…” said Meg Doherty, Director of WHO’s Global HIV, Hepatitis and STI Programmes…

These guidelines also acknowledge that behavioural interventions aimed at changing behaviours – which tend to be prioritized in many settings – have no impact on incidence of HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs or on behaviour change…more

The Burdett Trust for Nursing RISE Symposium coming soon!

Join us in Cape Town for The Burdett Trust for Nursing RISE Symposium 2022: Connecting Excellence in Nursing Research at the University of Cape Town from 23-25 November 2022.

The Burdett Trust for Nursing RISE symposium offers a unique opportunity for nurses and midwives to focus on Research for Impact, Success and Evidence-led health outcomes. The symposium will enable and fulfil your potential to RISE.


Enhance your professional and personal development
Improve career prospects
Network with local and global health nursing and midwifery researchers
Hear about the career journeys of early career to established career research colleagues
Understand how you can use research to lead and influence health care policy
How to bring impactful evidence-led change to health outcomes within the community you work in

The Burdett Trust for Nursing RISE Symposium 2022: Connecting Excellence in Nursing Research, on the 23 November 2022, is a precursor event to The Global Health Network Conference 2022: Enabling Health Research in Every Healthcare Setting following on 24-25 November 2022.

The Burdett Trust for Nursing is funding 25 Scholarship Awards for nurses and midwives to attend the RISE Symposium 2022 & The Global Health Network Conference 2022.

The Burdett Trust for Nursing is funding 25 Scholarship Awards for nurses and midwives to attend the RISE Symposium 2022 & The Global Health Network Conference 2022.

The deadline for scholarships applications is midnight (BST) 10 September 2022.

To register or to apply for a scholarship click here

Webinar August 18 | Cervical cancer; The crucial role of primary health care providers

Join our next webinar, hosted & sponsored by the African Forum for Primary Health Care & WONCA Africa.

“Cervical cancer; The crucial role of primary health care providers”

The Webinar will be held in English with live translation into French.

Please share the event with your Organization’s Members & reserve your spot in the WCEA App.

Consultation invitation – WHO Foundation

Dear colleagues,

With apologies for cross-posting, sharing this invitation for a consultation on the WHO Foundation’s strategy document for those of you who might be interested. The attached invitation notes that the draft strategy will be shared with registered participants ahead of the virtual consultation.

If you are interested, please register by August 19 for one of the two sessions:

● Option #1// Tuesday, August 30: 17:00 Central European Time i.e. 08.00 Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) / 11.00 Eastern Time (ET) / 16.00 West Africa Time (WAT)/ 18.00 East Africa Time (EAT) / 20:30 India Standard Time (IST) / 23.00 Singapore Standard Time (SST)
Registration Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMscO6oqjorHddt-gT4UCoV7_s_4pKdjyT7
● Option #2// Thursday, September 1: 09:00 Central European Time (CET) i.e. 00.00 Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) / 03.00 Eastern Time (ET) / 08.00 West Africa Time (WAT)/ 10.00 East Africa Time (EAT) / 12:30 India Standard Time (IST) / 15:00 Singapore Standard Time (SST)
Registration Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rcu-qpj0uEtaN-zYQ80IlUAdL-Iq9Mb7d

IFNC16 Call for Abstracts- due Sept 16

Abstract Submissions for IFNC16 will be accepted through

Friday, September 16, 2022

We are pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for the 16th International Family Nursing Conference, ‟Global Innovations in Family Nursing: Advancing Family Health”. The conference will be held Tuesday, June 20 – Friday, June 23, 2023 in Dublin, Ireland.

Presentations that demonstrate state of the science family-related research, education, and evidence-based practice projects or papers that address the intersection of family health and policy are invited. Presenters are expected to provide information, strategies, and/or tools relevant to family researchers, educators, clinicians, and/or policy makers to advance their work.


At the end of the conference, attendees should be able to:

Education: Discuss global advancements in family nursing education for students and professionals.

Practice: Explore family health practice innovations and models of care for clinical nursing practice globally.

Research: Examine research evidence and emerging methodologies for application and transferability to family nursing education, practice, and policy to improve family health globally.

Policy/Leadership: Generate strategies to enhance leadership of family nurses and promote global influence on family health care policy.

Due dates and notification:

Abstract submissions will be accepted through Friday, September 16, 2022.

After your abstract is received, you will receive e-mail notification of receipt via the Oxford Abstract System. Further notification of the decision to accept or decline your abstract will be sent to you no later than Friday, November 18, 2022.

** Abstracts for podium/oral presentation will only be accepted for in-person presentation in Ireland. Abstracts submitted for poster presentation may be considered/accepted for virtual presentation. **

Please read the Instructions for submitting an abstract. Sample Abstracts are included within the instructions.

Please contact Debbie Zaparoni at debbie@internationalfamilynursing.org with any questions.

We encourage you to share this information with colleagues and students


Invitation: CSO consultation on Pandemic FIF

Pandemic Action Network, the Center for Indonesia’s Strategic Development Initiatives (CISDI), the Eastern Africa National Networks of AIDS Service Organisations (EANNASO), and WACI Health invite you to an official Civil Society Organization (CSO) consultation for the design phase of the new Financial Intermediary Fund (FIF) for Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (PPR).

Two dates and times have been set to engage partners from multiple geographies and in multiple languages (English, French, and Spanish interpretation will be provided for each session). The focus of these first two consultations will be the same, so please choose the date and time that works best for you

August 16
2pm-3:30pm WIB (Jakarta) / 10am-11:30am EAT (Nairobi) / 8am-9:30am BST (London)

August 17
4pm-5:30pm BST (London) / 11am-12:30pm ET (New York) / 10am-11:30am CDT (Mexico City)

Register here

Call for student team applications: Innovate4Health 2022

Organized by the ReAct—Action on Antibiotic Resistance, the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA), and the IDEA (Innovation + Design Enabling Access) Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Innovate4Health offers student teams the opportunity to join the front lines of the fight against antimicrobial resistance and COVID-19. This year, student teams are encouraged to innovate around one of three pillars: 1) Ensuring effective prevention and treatment of emerging infectious diseases in the healthcare delivery system; 2) Reducing the use and the need to use antimicrobials in food systems; and 3) Making community health systems more resilient to emerging infectious diseases.

Taking a systems approach, Innovate4Health emphasizes social innovations that consider the needs of resource-limited settings. We are looking for student teams (2-5 students per team) with ideas for innovative solutions and an interest in continuing to develop and refine their ideas in a design sprint curriculum. Through the design sprint, teams will work through ideation, implementation, and advocacy strategies to support the adoption of these approaches. We have continued to evolve the design sprint’s activities to strengthen its value for participating teams. This year’s cohort will have the opportunity to develop stage-specific strategies to write a blog advancing the social mission behind the team’s innovation; prepare a poster presentation of their project; and put together a social media advocacy piece. A group of experts will coach the team on its final presentation, which will be shared as a recording. The selected teams will work with a team of experts and coaches to co-construct their solutions through both recorded and live learning sessions. We invite applications from teams that would be excited to collaborate with other highly talented student teams. The design sprint will extend from October 2022 through January 2023.

Students do not need any previous experience involving antimicrobial resistance (AMR) or other emerging infectious diseases. In the competitive application process, we are looking for student teams providing a vision for what they might want to innovate, including the specific problem and context, as well as sharing how they might be positioned to help implement such a project. At the application stage, however, we do not expect fully developed projects. The design sprint process is intended to help teams develop further their ideas from the application stage. We have outlined additional information for Innovate4Health on our website, http://www.innovate4health.org. There, you will also find more background information on Innovate4Health, as well as the design sprint timeline, Terms and Conditions, and submission guidelines. Last year, over 70 student teams answered our call for Innovate4AMR applications, and only 15 finalist teams were selected.

The deadline for team applications is Monday, September 19, 2022. We will be releasing additional resources to support teams in developing applications, and interested students can sign up for updates here.

AfroPHC Newsletter August 2022

It has been an arduous task to prepare the next draft of the AfroPHC Policy Framework, after extensive discussions at the AfroPHC e-Conference 17-18th May. Sorry that we did not share anything in June and July! We have now fashioned a “Health care worker call for Africa to build effective PHC teams for PHC and UHC in Africa” It is now available for public comment after the Executive and Advisory Boards have engaged with it.

This second draft of the AfroPHC policy framework is still an argument from healthcare workers for policymakers to prioritise PHC teamwork for holistic care of empanelled populations in decentralised units of community practice. We see the definition of PHC services and modelling of teams in the light of country resources, emerging blended capitation payment systems in UHC reforms across Africa, the inclusion of private providers and the use of complexity theory in bottom-up organisation of PHC in Africa as critical supports that are needed to build PHC teams for UHC in Africa. See the document here and please feel free to comment on it [https://afrophc.org/2022/08/07/afrophc-draft-policy-framework-released-for-stakeholder-comment/].

We have been fortunate in winning a PHC Performance Initiative Micro-Grant of $40 000 to take the policy framework further. It was an incredibly strong pool of 200 applicants and our proposal rose to the top. The goal in our grant-seeking project is to deepen the draft AfroPHC Policy Framework on “Building PHC teams for UHC in Africa” by focusing on EFFECTIVENESS. The target participants and audiences will be AfroPHC members, PHC team members and other stakeholders as well as young health professionals and students at regional and country levels. Activities will be mostly online across African countries, with hybrid Final Workshop of the AfroPHC Executive and Advisory Board in Johannesburg, South Africa 25th-26th October 2022 and a virtual Launch Event on 12th December 2022. See more about the overall grant activities here [https://afrophc.org/2022/08/07/phc-performance-initiative-micro-grant/].

Our process starts in earnest as we have until end October to use the funds. We have a list of regions and stakeholder groups we would like to engage: Central, Southern, Western, Eastern, Arabic and Portuguese Africa. See the detailed list of countries and key stakeholders with dates of consultations and join the WhatsApp group for these regions. See more here [https://afrophc.org/chapters/]. We are very keen that as many local stakeholders participate. These include professional associations, ministries of health, accreditation / certification bodies, academics, patient advocacy groups etc. Please feel free to share this email to any key stakeholders you think should be there and ask them to join us to discuss AfroPHC and the Policy Framework.

We keen to collect cases on ““Building effective multidisciplinary primary health care teams for universal health coverage in Africa” and have set aside prizes worth $1000 for this purpose. We are looking for short, real-life stories about an initiative, project or advocacy campaign that highlight interdisciplinary and interprofessional teamwork being implemented within the African context, demonstrating person and family centered care and helping communities and societies transition to healthy populations. Sharing experiences of less successful case studies and lessons learned is also welcome. The deadline for submitting the case studies is 11th September. Winners will be announced by 31st October. The case studies can be submitted in text format (1200 words max), following the guiding questions, by email to info@afrophc.org. Complementing the case studies with visual materials, such as photos from the field, would be most welcome. See details here https://afrophc.org/2022/08/07/call-for-submissions-of-short-cases/

The AfroPHC Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 19th May agreed to some few changes. A key change is that we will have associate membership having full access to all the current benefits of AfroPHC. We have created full membership at a fee of $20 for individual members and $40 for institutional members with the additional benefit of having vote/s at the Annual General Meeting and being able to stand for election to the Executive Board (EB). We will begin this process from November 2022. Speaking of elections we welcome our three new EB members: Dr Umar Ibrahim (CHEW, Nurse with PhD from Nigeria) (https://afrophc.org/conference-agm/agm-2022/umar-ibrahim-2/), Mr Innocent Somboi (Clinical Officer from Tanzania) (https://afrophc.org/about/innocent-somboi/) and Dr Mercy Wanjala (Family Physician from Kenya) (https://afrophc.org/conference-agm/agm-2022/mercy-wanjala-2/) [who has since resigned to become the Deputy Executive Coordinator].

We always have wonderful AfroPHC Policy Workshops. Mercy has organised several: “Point of Care Testing in African PHC” 21st June [https://afrophc.org/2022/06/20/afrophc-workshop-21st-june-labs-poct-in-african-phc/], “Onehealth n African PHC” July [https://afrophc.org/2022/07/18/afrophc-workshop-19-july-onehealth-in-african-phc/], and now plans one on “Workers Health in African PHC” 16th August [https://afrophc.org/2022/08/07/afrophc-workshop-16-aug-workers-health-in-african-phc/]. Do join us at the next one.

AfroPHC also provides great value for members at no cost: management course, research support, CPD and the development of a family medicine postgraduate diploma for doctors, nurse clinicians and clinical officers.

See this article on a South African model for community practice https://www.timeslive.co.za/sunday-times-daily/news/2022-03-07-this-is-how-nhi-can-shine-doctor-behind-soweto-clinic-that-broke-the-mould/

A useful article on “African primary healthcare as a complex adaptive system” has been published and is available in pre-publication form on a webpage here. It is an important support to the AfroPHC Policy Framework. See here https://profmoosa.com/article-african-primary-healthcare-as-a-complex-adaptive-system/

See below a sample of useful posts on the AfroPHC blog and keep tabs on it.

Blood Exposure Accidents among Health Care Personnel
Are Africa’s health resources overly focused on HIV/AIDS?
WHO publication “Implication of the COVID-19 Pandemic for Patient Safety: A Rapid Review”, Tuesday, 09 August 2022
Monkeypox declared global health emergency by WHO as cases surge
LeBoHA’s June Newsletter
Don’t forget to engage with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and keep in touch!

AfroPHC Policy Workshop on Workers Health in African PHC

Join us at our next interactive AfroPHC Policy Workshop on “Workers Health in African PHC” 11am-2pm Ghana, 12pm-3pm Nigeria, 1-4 pm Central/Southern Africa and 2-5pm Kenya next Tuesday 16th August. Check your local time here.

Our panel, moderated by Dr Jamie Colloty, is made up of the following expert.
· Dr. Dorothy Ngajilo, Occupational Medicine Specialist, World Health Organization (WHO) Global Occupational and Workplace Health Programme
After the panel discussion of 1 hour, we will break up into small groups with specific facilitators / language groups for 45 minutes to discuss the following question/s.
What are some of the positive and negative experiences that have affected yourhealth and safety as a healthcare worker?
What do you understand by the term burnout and what are some of the factors thatlead to burnout among primary health care workers in Africa?
What policies and strategies would you recommend protecting the health and safetyof primary health care workers in Africa?
We will close the meeting with feedback and summarise key issues. We want to build discussions into the draft AfroPHC Policy Document “Building the PHC Team for UHC in Africa”. The panel and feedback will have French translations. See more details, including speaker’s bios here.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 850 2305 9229 | Passcode: 241734

Join us this Friday to consult in Central Africa

Join us 12-2pm GMT this Friday 12th August to meet with as many colleagues from Cameroon, DR Congo, Chad, Congo, Central African Republic, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea [with English – French translators]. The consultation will be facilitated by Francoise Nwabufo and Elie Badjo.

The agenda is as follows. The link is below
Introduction to AfroPHC and Chapters and Discussions on “What are the challenges of PHC in the region?”
Review of AfroPHC Policy Framework and Discussions on “The Draft Policy Framework: what we like, don’t like and suggestions”
Discussions on “How we take AfroPHC forward?”
Join Zoom Meeting Meeting [https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87667423120?pwd=R1p0NHY1ZlNDQ3dGTlRZcjduczlOUT09] ID: 876 6742 3120 | Passcode: 111364

See more here [https://afrophc.org/chapters/]. We are very keen that as many local stakeholders participate. These include professional associations, ministries of health, accreditation / certification bodies, academics, patient advocacy groups etc. Please feel free to share this email to any key stakeholders you think should be there and ask them to join us to discuss AfroPHC and the Policy Framework.

GHWN Youth Hub Social media challenge!

The challenge has begun!


Follow the GHWN Youth Hub Instagram page: @ghwnyouthhub

Create Instagram reels with the theme of Planetary Health! There are two challenges:

#YH22Challenge1: What is the main issue for you in planetary health?

#YH22Challenge2: Name 3 tips for fellow youth to engage in planetary health.

Some sub-questions to spark your creativity:

What does planetary health mean to you? Describe in 3 words.

Why should youth advocate for Planetary Health?

Important messages to Youth

Insert either #YH22Challenge1 or #YH22Challenge2 to indicate which challenge you are participating in and add the hashtags: #YHack22, #YHConf22

Tag us on Instagram! @ghwnyouthhub

Nominate your friends or tag your favourite climate activists!

You are free to use any audio or props in their video, be as creative as you like.

The contents must not contain inappropriate content.


The winners will be announced before 26 August 2022.

The Top 2 Winners of the social media challenges will be featured and interviewed on our social media platforms.