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Primary healthcare is the backbone of all strong health systems and forms a critical part towards the achievement of Universal Health Coverage. Now more than ever before, primary care nurses particularly those working in rural and remote settings must be appropriately supported through robust education/clinical supervision to meet population health needs safely and effectively. I have been facilitating developments towards this work in Africa since 2014 both voluntarily and as part of my doctoral work. As part of my final Doctor of Nursing Practice Project, I am leading work on the development of an Afrocentric Family Nurse Practitioner to inform educational….more

AFREhealth News June 2020

We are well into the COVID-19 pandemic, and across Africa, there is a call to ease lockdown measures and restart the econo-my. However, it still falls to us as scientists, researchers, health care professionals, and leaders to keep up the message of physical distancing, use of masks and washing hands frequently. 

Pandemics come without a rule book. We do not know how the disease will progress, as we are still understanding the virus, and effective therapies. In the interim however, we can continue to strengthen our work-force, and provide them with the tools to provide quality and effective care. AFREhealth has engaged in a series of ac-tivities to do just that. Webinars, publica-tions on websites and in scientific journals and even animations are being used. We can however, only build on this by having mem-bers share their experience and expertise. Write to us, either for the newsletter, or in the AFREhealth blog. Tel us what you need. Share with us your best practices. Share your frustrations and successes. 

It is up to African researchers, scientists and healthcare workers, together with econo-mists and social scientists to define and re-spond to this challenge so that we can work for solutions for Africa ourselves and strengthen our systems for our people by understanding our local contexts. 

This newsletter presents some of the COVID-19 work. It does present other activities as well. A reminder that though we are dealing with a pandemic, other activities and other diseases still still deserve our attention. Stay safe and healthy! …..

 

AfroPHC Webinar 6pm (GMT) Tues 19th May 2020

Dear colleagues

The African Forum for Primary Health Care (AfroPHC) is the voice of the PC/PHC team and its supporters, sharing and supporting each other in advocating for PHC. We want you to join us.

Please register here for our fourth webinar on Tues 19th May 2020 at 6 pm Ghana, 7 pm Nigeria, 8 pm SA, 9 pm Kenya. 

The webinar will include luminaries in Africa talking about education of the team in African PHC. 

They will share a bit of background on organisations in the field, their efforts in the space of Primary Health Care in Africa as well as their views on the AfroPHC process.

Please forward this to your friends and colleagues.
rgds, AfroPHC Core Team

AfroPHC Webinar 6pm (GMT) Tues 21st April 2020

Dear colleagues

The African Forum for Primary Health Care (AfroPHC) is the voice of the PC/PHC team and its supporters, sharing and supporting each other in advocating for PHC. We want you to join us.

Please register here for our third webinar on Tues 21st April 2020 at 6pm Ghana, 7pm Nigeria, 8pm SA, 9pm Kenya. 

The webinar will include luminaries in Africa talking about public health and community health workers in African PHC. 

They will share a bit of background on organisations in the field, their efforts in the space of Primary Health Care in Africa as well as their views on the AfroPHC process.

Please forward this to your friends and colleagues.
rgds, AfroPHC Core Team

Look at AfroPHC webinar on family doctors and clinical officers in African PHC

Joburg PHC Plan for COVID-19

Johannesburg Health District’s Department of Family Medicine has developed a plan for the COVID-19 outbreak. Our concern is to protect patients AND you, as healthcare workers on the frontline.

The intervention is focused on three areas: community, facility and sub-district/district.

  • Community: the key elements of the community response by facilities are to ensure community stakeholder involvement, deploy CHWs into the community and ensure a clear consistent message.
  • Facilities: the key elements of the facility response is to set up a triage area at the facility gate to sort/screen/prioritise patients with flu symptoms, set up a temporary chest clinic to manage patients with flu symptoms, ensure strong protection of staff and management systems in this temporary chest clinic and have a strong overall approach by facility management.
  • District: The key elements of the sub-district/district response are to ensure availability of equipment/staff/consumables for the overall response, ensure clinical governance at facility level, support overall communication and explore expanded services and contingencies.

The details are spelled out in the documents below.

COVID-19 Plan Jhb Health District 2020-03-19

COVID-19 Plan Jhb Health District 2020-03-19 APP Incident Management Team Organogram

WHO-WONCA Africa-AfroPHC Webinar on COVID-19 on 20th March 2020

WHO (Global and AFRO), WONCA Africa and AfroPHC are planning a weekly webinar on COVID-19 to get an update on the situation, explore preparedness in Africa and to respond to questions. This will be at 1pm Central European Time on Fridays with the first webinar this Friday, 20th March. Each webinar will focus on different parts and countries in Africa. The focus this Friday is Anglophone Africa. It will be Francophone Africa next week. We will elaborate the focus for each weeks webinar here as we proceed. Please circulate the link to this news post to everyone in primary care in Africa. We really hope to reach to all family doctors and PHC team members on the frontline, to support each other and ensure their voice is heard at the highest level.

Register for the first webinar: https://who.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5K4o4CiARvKARgriYI37vw

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

AfroPHC Webinar 6pm (GMT) Tues 17th March 2020

Dear colleagues

The African Forum for Primary Health Care (AfroPHC) is the voice of the PC/PHC team and its supporters, sharing and supporting each other in advocating for PHC. We want you to join us. We are having a series of webinars in a work up to the AfroPHC Conference 19-21 June 2020. Register for it!

Please register here for our second webinar on Tues 17th March 2020 at 6pm Ghana, 7pm Nigeria, 8pm SA, 9pm Kenya. 

The webinar will include luminaries from family medicine talking about family doctors, associate clinicians and African PHC. 

They will share a bit of background on organisations in the field, their efforts in the space of Primary Health Care in Africa as well as their views on the AfroPHC process.

Please forward this to your friends and colleagues.
rgds, AfroPHC Core Team

Look at AfroPHC Webinar on Nurses in African PHC

AfroPHC Webinar 6pm (GMT) Tues 18th Feb 2020

Dear colleagues

The African Forum for Primary Health Care (AfroPHC) is the voice of the PC/PHC team and its supporters, sharing and supporting each other in advocating for PHC. We want you to join us. We are having a series of webinars in a work up to the AfroPHC Conference 19-21 June 2020. Register for it!

Please register here for our first webinar at 6pm (GMT) on Tues 18th February 2020.

The webinar will include luminaries from the nursing discipline talking about nurses and African PHC. 

  • Thembeka Gwagwa, 2nd Vice President of the International Council of Nurses (ICN).
  • Bongi Sibanda, Coordinator of Anglophone Africa Advanced Practice Nurse Coalition Project (AAAPNC)
  • Judy Khanyola, African Representative for Nursing Now
  • Mwansa Nkowane, Consultant and ex-WHO AFRO

They will share a bit of background on organisations in the field, their efforts in the space of Primary Health Care in Africa as well as their views on the AfroPHC process.

Please forward this to your friends and colleagues.
rgds, AfroPHC Core Team

AfroPHC Conference

AfroPHC is planning a 3-day Launch Conference 19th – 21st June 2020 at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.  We hope to develop AfroPHC as the voice of the PC/PHC team and its supporters, sharing and supporting each other in advocating for PHC and a strong team-based approach to delivery.

There will be an Advanced Practice Africa Region Symposium on the 18th of June 2020 at the same venue. This will explore the development of Advanced Nurse Practice in Africa.

Primafamed, an African network for family medicine education/research in over 25 countries, will also have its annual meeting on the 17th June 2020 at the same venue. This usually explores family doctor education and research but will focus on team issues in this meeting.

Various leaders in PHC across Africa will be there: family doctors from WONCA Africa, clinical officers from the African Network of Associate Clinicians, family nurse practitioners from the Association of African Advanced Nurse Practitioners, nurse leaders from the International Council of Nurses, public health practitioners from the African region of Towards Unity for Health, health educators/researchers from AfreHealth, multidisciplinary team members from AfriPEN, community health worker/community leaders from AMREF and a variety of other key stakeholders. We are expecting key people from WHO Global, WHO AFRO and World Bank to be there.

The likely cost for teas/lunches will be $25 per person per day for African delegates and $50 per person for non-African delegates. Payment will be by Paypal.

The Holiday Inn Johannesburg Sunnyside Park Hotel is a walk away.

  • Single Occupancy rate R1225.00 Bed and Breakfast per room per night
  • Single Occupancy rate R1435.00 Dinner, Bed and Breakfast per room per night

There are many hotels in the vicinity and getting to Wits is easy with Uber.

Registration and more details will be forthcoming as we proceed.