AFROPHC: Live Webinar September 1| Sickle Cell Anaemia: Disease Complications and Therapeutic Interventions

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

“Sickle Cell Anaemia: Disease Complications and Therapeutic Interventions”

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.

ICN NP/APN 2022 Dublin – a huge boost for APN/APM in Africa as Kenya win two LIMC Awards!

The ICN NP/APN 2022 has just ended with evidence of remarkable progress in APN/APM Africa.
Of significance, Associate Professor Eunice Ndirangu (Aga Khan East Africa Dean) and CEO/Registrar Edna Tallam-Kimaiyo (Nurses Council of Kenya) were awarded the two LIMC grants by the ICN NP/APNN (See attached photos – both with ICN CEO Howard Catton and ICN NP/APNN Chair Dr Daniela Lehwaldt

The two Kenyan nursing and midwifery leaders also presented on “Formative Research to inform Development of the Advanced Practice Nursing & Advanced Practice Midwifery Scopes of Practice in Kenya” & “Institutionalisation of APN & APM in Kenya” respectively during the conference.

Both Dr Ndirangu and CEO Tallam-Kimaiyo have consistently contributed towards APN Africa work including the Nairobi 2019 workshops and the APN Educational Leadership Symposium 2020 hosted by AfroPHC and ICN NP/APNN in collaboration with other key APN Stakeholders.

Call for reviewers and analysts

Collaborator(s) with access to major databases such as CINAL, EMBASE etc) are needed to do a review (any type) or secondary analysis on rural nursing or practice in Africa which will result in presenting at a rural health conference in Sydney next year.


WHO: More than half of child deaths are due to conditions that could be easily prevented or treated given access to health care and improvements to their quality of life

Background Evidence has been accumulating that community health workers (CHWs) providing evidence–based interventions as part of community–based primary health care (CBPHC) can lead to reductions in maternal, neonatal and child mortality. However, investments to strengthen and scale–up CHW programs still remain modest.

Methods We used the Lives Saved Tool (LiST) to estimate the number of maternal, neonatal and child deaths and stillbirths that could be prevented if 73 countries effectively scaled up the population coverage of 30 evidence–based interventions that CHWs can deliver in these high–burden countries. We set population coverage targets at 50%, 70%, and 90% and summed the country–level results by region and by all high–burden countries combined. We also estimated which specific interventions would save the most lives.

Findings LiST estimates that a total of 3.0 (sensitivity bounds 1.8–4.0), 4.9 (3.1–6.3) and 6.9 (3.7–8.7) million deaths would be prevented between 2016 and 2020 if CBPHC is gradually scaled up during this period and if coverage of key interventions reaches 50%, 70%, and 90% respectively. There would be 14%, 23%, and 32% fewer deaths in the final year compared to a scenario assuming no intervention coverage scale up. The Africa Region would receive the most benefit by far: 58% of the lives saved at 90% coverage would be in this region. The interventions contributing the greatest impact are nutritional interventions during pregnancy, treatment of malaria with artemisinin compounds, oral rehydration solution for childhood diarrhea, hand washing with soap, and oral antibiotics for pneumonia.

Conclusions Scaling up CHW programming to increase population–level coverage of life–saving interventions represents a very promising strategy to achieve universal health coverage and end preventable maternal and child deaths by 2030. Numerous practical challenges must be overcome, but there is no better alternative at present. Expanding the coverage of key interventions for maternal nutrition and treatment of childhood illnesses, in particular, may produce the greatest gains. Recognizing the millions of lives of mothers and their young offspring that could

be achieved by expanding coverage of evidence–based interventions provided by CHWs and strengthening the CBPHC systems that support them underscores the pressing need for commitment from governments and donors over the next 15 years to prioritize funding, so that robust CHW platforms can be refined, strengthened, and expanded... more

African Health Ministers announce ‘pivotal’ new strategy to combat communicable diseases

With the burden of cardiovascular disease, mental and neurological disorders and diabetes rising in the region, African health ministers on Tuesday, endorsed a new strategy to boost access to the diagnosis, treatment and care of severe noncommunicable diseases.

The health ministers, gathering for the seventy-second session of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa in Lomé, Togo, adopted the strategy, known as PEN-PLUS. That plan will be implemented as a regional strategy to address severe noncommunicable diseases at first-level referral health facilities. The strategy supports building the capacity of district hospitals and other first-level referral facilities to diagnose and manage severe noncommunicable diseases…more

Call for Abstracts | 34th International Nursing Research Congress

Join Sigma and your peers in nursing research and evidence-based practice in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for the 34th International Nursing Research Congress, taking place 20-24 July 2023 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

The 2023 congress theme is Connect Nursing Globally Through Research and Evidence Dissemination.

Call for Abstracts
Opportunities are now available to submit research- and evidence-based practice abstracts.
Submission Deadline: 2 November 2022

Submit your abstract »

WHO makes new recommendations for Ebola treatments, calls for improved access

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published its first guideline for Ebola virus disease therapeutics, with new strong recommendations for the use of two monoclonal antibodies. WHO calls on the global community to increase access to these lifesaving medicines.

Ebola is a severe and too often fatal illness caused by the Ebola virus. Previous Ebola outbreaks and responses have shown that early diagnosis and treatment with optimized supportive care —with fluid and electrolyte repletion and treatment of symptoms—significantly improve survival. Now, following a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials of therapeutics for the disease, WHO has made strong recommendations for two monoclonal antibody treatments: mAb114 (Ansuvimab; Ebanga) and REGN-EB3 (Inmazeb)…

The new guidance complements clinical care guidance that outlines the optimized supportive care Ebola patients should receive, from the relevant tests to administer, to managing pain, nutrition and co-infections, and other approaches that put the patient on the best path to recovery.

Dr Richard Kojan, co-chair of the Guideline Development Group… “As with other infectious diseases, timeliness is key, and people should not hesitate to consult health workers as quickly as possible to ensure they receive the best care possible.”…

There is also a recommendation on therapeutics that should not be used to treat patients: these include ZMapp and remdesivir...more

AfroPHC: Monthly Research Meeting-6 September, 2022

Dear colleagues

Thank you for being part of the AfroPHC research mentorship programme.

We have 17 concept notes that have been submitted by the end of July. See them all listed here Some supervisors have reached out to these researchers. If you are interested in supervising a researcher and see an interesting concept note then reach out to the researcher by email (as listed there) to indicate your willingness to supervise the researcher in their endeavour.

We hope researchers will use the monthly meetings organised by Senkyire to attend, and present their research ideas and find a supervisor for themselves, even if you have not submitted a concept note ( for November meeting). Unfortunately this matching process takes a lot of organisation and we can do
no more than this. Reach out to Senkyire and the AfroPHC research team if you would like further assistance especially if you would like to present your research at the meetings.

PS; participants are required to read the following article and attached checklist beforehand ;
Price J, Willcox M, Dlamini V, et al. Care- seeking during fatal childhood illness in rural South Africa: a qualitative study. BMJ Open 2021;11:e043652. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2020-043652

Our next meeting next Tuesday, 6th Sept [12-2 pm GMT, 1-3pm WAT, 2-4pm CAT/SAST and 3-5pm EAT], will be about “Getting
to grips with Qualitative Research” by Deborah

Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 816 7030 1810 Passcode: 501394

See useful readings below. . . chromeextension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/ mxx.pdf

Courses related to Qualitative Research (the link lists many, below are several- all Free to Enroll .



Senkyire Ephraim Kumi, PGCert. HAT, ( BSc(Hons),RGN)
The Managing Editor, AHRO Review of Nursing & Midwifery
The Network:TUFH Fellow 2020

Besrour Year In Review

It is our pleasure to send you our Year in Review Report for the year 2021. The idea of the Besrour Centre for Global Family Medicine was born out of the tragedies of the humanitarian crisis in Darfur Sudan that began in 2003, the Banda Aceh tsunami in Indonesia in 2004 and the Haitian earthquake of 2010.

Since the official opening of the Besrour Centre in 2015, we have matured both as a discipline and as a centre. Today, not only do we advocate for family medicine and its role in improving patient care, but also for the models of care throughout the health system that are based on family medicine principles. Over the last six years, our focus has shifted from building family medicine capacity in low- and middle-income countries to studying and promoting family medicine-led models around the world.

The global COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the importance of our work. It continues to highlight that global problems require global solutions—it is not just an urgent moral issue, it’s a global public health issue. The pandemic also highlighted gaps in and between health systems around the world. Capacity has been stretched everywhere, revealing areas where access remains problematic, and where integration at the system level is still lacking. At the same time, it revealed incredible innovation and perseverance.

As the pandemic continues to vacillate between infectious and chronic impacts, improved integration and the adaptability of family medicine will be key in all health system contexts, including Canada. All of Besrour Centre’s initiatives are exploring or demonstrating how family doctors are leading at this time. Our collective journey highlights that capacity building takes time and determination. To continue this work, we need your ongoing engagement, partnership, and help. We are deeply appreciative of the funding provided by the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine (FAFM) and all our partners that helps fuel our work. As always, we are indebted to Dr. Sadok Besrour for his vision and perennial support to build the Centre.

Together, we are a vibrant network of community-based leaders and partners that continue to learn from one another. Our collective effortsare strengthening family medicine-led models that are at the heart of health systems around the world and, in turn, improve equitable access to care.

Warm regards,

David Ponka, MD CM, CCFP(EM), FCFP, MSc
Director | Directeur
The Besrour Centre for Global Family Medicine | Le Centre Besrour pour la médecine familiale mondiale
The College of Family Physicians of Canada |
Le Collège des médecins de famille du Canada
1(905) 629-0900 ext | poste 398

WHO/Europe training course on NCD 2022

Message to our members on behalf of WHO

WHO/Europe training course on noncommunicable diseases 2022

30 August is the last day to register for the WHO/Europe training course on noncommunicable diseases 2022

If you are a researcher, policy maker or postgraduate scholar with an interest in noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), you have an opportunity to take part in a unique WHO training course developed for early or mid-career health professionals.
The course will enable participants to:

understand novel challenges in the area of NCDs, and work on solution-oriented approaches to tackle the burden of NCDs;
acquire skills in developing NCD prevention approaches;
gather, analyze and publish NCD-related data;
build capacity and learn how to transfer research into policy-related contexts; and
network with colleagues.

Learn more and register here.

The course is jointly developed by the WHO European Office for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD Office), WHO collaborating centres and partner organizations.
Please feel free to share the information on the WHO NCD training course 2022 among your professional networks.

Join us this Friday to consult in Eastern Africa

We are really keen to get as many people engaging with AfroPHC and the draft Policy Framework. You can make comment here.

Join us 1-3pm GMT this Friday 26th August to meet with as many colleagues from Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Madagascar, Malawi, Zambia, Somalia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Comores, Mauritius, Sychelles [with English-French translators]. The consultation will be facilitated by Innocent Besigye and Innocent Somboi.

The agenda is as follows. The link is below
Introduction to AfroPHC and Chapter Discussions on “What are the challenges of PHC in the region?”
Review of AfroPHC Policy Framework 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 [] ID: 876 6742 3120 | Passcode: 111364

Join the AfroPHC Eastern Africa WhatsApp group and engage in discussions before and after our consultations See more here [].

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.

INVITATION! Aug. 30 and 31 — Next CSO consultation process for the Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness, and Response FIF

Join 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 for the next official Civil Society Organization (CSO) consultation for the design phase of the new Financial Intermediary Fund (FIF) for Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (PPR). This is the next consultation in an ongoing process.

Two dates and times have been set to engage partners from multiple geographies and in multiple languages. The focus of these two consultations will be the same. Please choose the date and time that works best for you!

August 30
2pm- 3:30pm WIB (Jakarta) / 10am-11:30am EAT (Nairobi) / 8am-9:30am BST (London)
Available in English and French

Register here

Collaborators for TUFH 2023

The network unity for health(TUF) has opened it’s portal for submission of abstract for TUFH 2023 at Dubai under the following themes and sub-themes. Those interested to collaborate on working on abstract(s) should let me know.

Beyond Boundaries: Health Equity through a Culture of Learning
TUFH 2023 Subthemes
How the Community learns
How Healthcare Practitioners learn
How Students learn
How Policymakers learn

Areas of interest for TUFH 2023

Revamping Health for All through Interprofessional Education, Collaboration, Training, and Practice
Becoming Socially Accountable Institutions
Raising Social Accountability Awareness
Expanding Global and Local Pandemic Preparedness
Assessing Technology Evolutions in Health
Taking Noncommunicable Diseases Seriously
Enriching Community Based Education
Strengthening the Health Workforce Team
Reinforcing Women’s Health
Improving Access to Healthcare
Engaging Policymakers
Producing Student Leaders
Enhancing health and Digital Literacy
“One Health”
Upgrading Innovative Teaching Methods, including Interactive ways of Learning
Building on Strengths in responding to Climate Change from the Village to the Globe
Looking at integrated Community Care
Promoting Healthy Ageing
Ameliorating Child Health

Role of Local Evidence in Transferring Evidence-Based Interventions to Low- and Middle-Income Country Settings: Application to Global Cancer Prevention and Control.

PURPOSE: Although the global burden of cancer falls increasingly on low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), much of the evidence for cancer prevention and control comes from high-income countries and may not be directly applicable to LMIC settings. In this paper, we focus on the following question: When the majority of the evidence supporting an evidence-based intervention or implementation strategy comes from high-income countries, what local, contextual evidence is needed when transferring and adapting an intervention or strategy to a specific LMIC setting?

METHODS: We draw on an existing framework (the Population, Intervention, Environment, Transfer-T process model) for assessing transferability of interventions between distinct settings and apply the model to two case studies as learning examples involving implementation of tobacco use treatment guidelines and self sampling for human papillomavirus DNA in cervical cancer screening.

RESULTS: These two case studies illustrate how researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and consumers may approach the need for local evidence from different perspectives and with different priorities. As uses and expectations around local evidence may be different for different groups, aligning these priorities through multistakeholder engagement in which all parties participate in defining the questions and cocreating the solutions is critical, along with promoting standardized reporting of contextual factors.

CONCLUSION: Local, contextual evidence can be important for both researchers and practitioners, and its absence may hinder translation of research and implementation efforts across different settings. However, it is essential for researchers, practitioners, and other stakeholders to be able to clearly articulate the type of data needed and why it is important. In particular, where resources are limited, evidence generation should be prioritized to address real needs and gaps in knowledge…more

Join us this Friday to consult in Arabic Africa

We are really keen to get as many people engaging with AfroPHC and the draft Policy Framework. You can make comment here. Join us 1-3pm GMT this Friday 19th August to meet with as many colleagues from Egypt, Algeria, Sudan, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya [with English-French-Arabic translators]. The consultation will be facilitated by Almoghira Abdella / Ahmed Sallam

The agenda is as follows. The link is below
Introduction to AfroPHC and Chapter Discussions on “What are the challenges of PHC in the region?”
Review of AfroPHC Policy Framework 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 [] ID: 876 6742 3120 | Passcode: 111364

Join the AfroPHC Arabaphone Africa WhatsApp group and engage in discussions before and after our consultations. See more here [].

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.

Interested in CPD Meetings? Kindly visit for more!

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
you can download the DRAFT programme here: 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