Making access to surgical care a reality in district hospitals – experts put the idea under the knife

By September 2022, public hospitals in the country were buckling under backlogs of more than 175,000 surgeries. Earlier in the year Spotlight published a two-part series on the human cost of surgical delays and asked what could be done about it.

One solution proposed by some surgical experts is to devolve less-complicated surgical procedures to district hospitals closer to patients. The AfroSurg3 Conference held at the end of September, however, shed some light on the often suboptimal conditions for surgical care at district hospitals, especially in rural areas, and showed that it will take time, effort and resources to make such an approach work……more

AfroPHC Seminars 24-25 Oct, Jhb, South Africa

The African Forum for Primary Health Care (AfroPHC) will be convening a Final Consultation Workshop on 25th and 26th October 2022 in Johannesburg to conclude the extensive consultation process for the AfroPHC Policy Framework being developed. About 35 members of the AfroPHC Executive and Advisory Board are expected to participate, together with other key stakeholders and experts, as the first in-person meeting of AfroPHC.

In order to enhance the workshop there will be two public seminars/webinars 8-10pm South African time on 24th and 25th of October at the auditorium of Wits School of Public Health.

24th October

  • Prof. Kara Hanson: Overview of Lancet Global Health Commission Report on PHC Financing
  • Dr. Oludare Bodunrin: Overview of African Strategic Purchasing for PHC in Africa

25th October

  • Prof Shabir Moosa: Overview of National Health Insurance and PHC efforts in South Africa, including Proof of Concept in Johannesburg

These will also be broadcast on Zoom. Check your local time here. Register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fwMYXUdOR8y3c1YaAtKkqg. There will be French translation available.

Prof Kara Hanson

She has spent the last 30 years researching the economics of health systems in low- and middle-income countries.  Her major contributions are in the areas of health financing and the private health sector.  She chaired the recent Lancet Global Health Commission on Financing Primary Health Care, and have authored key publications on how strategic purchasing can help to improve health system performance.  Her work on the private sector has contributed to understanding of the opportunities and limitations of using the private sector to extend access to critical public health interventions and, more recently, to the challenges of regulating healthcare markets.  She frequently advise national governments and international organisations on health system and financing issues.  She is President-Elect of the International Health Economics Association.

 

Dr. Oludare (‘Dare) Bodunrin

Over the last decade, Oludare Bodunrin has been working on strategic initiatives to deliver quality health care to underserved populations in Nigeria. Fondly called ‘Dare, he currently serves as the Acting Director and Technical lead at the SPARC, a strategic purchasing initiative hosted by Amref Health Africa to broker support to countries as they design and implement reforms geared towards efficient and equitable use of financial resources for health. Before joining SPARC, he served as a senior program officer at the Results for Development (R4D) in Nigeria during which he led the design and implementation of Social Health Insurance Schemes, facilitated joint learning about sub-national healthcare policy makers and managed key program functions as country representative of R4D Nigeria. ‘Dare’s professional interest and experience includes, health insurance design and implementation, supply chain for healthcare commodities, primary healthcare systems strengthening, private sector engagement and Not-for-Profit Management. He strongly advocates for self-sufficiency, mutually beneficial partnership and home-grown evidence-based solutions for sustainable development in Africa

Prof Shabir Moosa

Prof Shabir Moosa is a family physician with an MBA and PhD. He works in public service clinics of Soweto and at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He has extensive experience in rural general practice and the development of family medicine and primary care services in both rural and urban district health services in South Africa and Africa. Shabir is involved in development and research around family medicine, community-oriented primary health care (COPC) and health management for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Africa. He is Member at Large in the Executive Committee of WONCA (World Organisation of Family Doctors), and Executive Coordinator of AfroPHC, the African Forum for Primary Health Care (PHC), bringing African PHC team leaders together to advocate for PHC and UHC

AfroPHC Policy Workshop on Bridging the Gap: Health Equity in PHC in Africa

Join us at our next interactive AfroPHC Policy Workshop on “Bridging the Gap: Health Equity in PHC in Africa” 11am-2pm Ghana, 12pm-3pm Nigeria, 1-4 pm Central/Southern Africa and 2-5pm Kenya next Tuesday 18th October. Check your local time here. Link below

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

Our panel, moderated by Ms. Rawia Kamal, is made up of the following expert: Morrish Humphrey Ojok, Kim Yu and Viviana Martinez-Bianchi.

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.

  1. In your experience, what are the factors that have contributed to health disparities and inequities in the access and delivery of primary health care from:
  2. A community perspective?
  3. A healthcare worker/ service delivery perspective?
  4. What are some of the solutions you would recommend addressing these gaps and promote health equity?

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 below.

Morrish Humphrey Ojok Country Manager Amref Health Africa in South Sudan. Morrish Humphrey Ojok serves as the Country Manager of Amref Health Africa in South Sudan. Morrish is an experienced leader in the field of global public health, health in emergencies and sexual and reproductive health and international development. He has extensive experience in driving complex programme deployment, monitoring and evaluation, strategic planning, and management in multiple countries.  Morrish has over 17 years’ experience developing and delivering organizational strategies, with extensive experience of complex management and governance issues. He strongly believes that its through Primary Health Care that Universal Health Coverage can become a reality in Africa. He also believes that through partnership and collaboration with all stakeholders at all levels from community level, Government, private sector and with support from the broader international community and donors, innovative, culturally sensitive, and appropriate solutions to Africa’s health challenges can be found and fostered.  

Dr. Kim Yu: Board certified in family medicine, Dr. Kim Yu is National Director for Clinical and Community Partnerships for Aledade, based in Orange County, California. Dr. Yu speaks internationally and trains family physicians, residents and medical students on health equity, population health, value-based care, health IT, leadership, advocacy, disaster relief, social media, and physician wellness. Dr. Yu currently serves as President of the Orange County Chapter of the California Academy of Family Physicians; She also chairs WONCA’s Special Interest Group in Health Equity and is AAFP delegate to the AMA. She is past president of the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Viviana Martinez- Bianchi: Dr. Viviana Martinez-Bianchi is an associate professor in Duke’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and  named North Carolina’s 2021 Family Physician of the Year by the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians (NCAFP). The honor is the most prestigious award from the NCAFP, the state’s largest specialty medical association, comprised of more than 4,300 members. Dr. Martinez-Bianchi, a family physician committed to health equity in her community and around the world, serves as Director of Health Equity for the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Duke University. She is a co-founder of the Latinx Advocacy Team & Interdisciplinary Network for COVID-19, better known as LATIN-19. The group was established in March of 2020 to address inequities in the COVID-19 pandemic response, the health system in general and communities in Central North Carolina. Prior to becoming Director of Health Equity, Dr. Martinez-Bianchi served as Program Director for the Duke Family Medicine Residency Program.

Post-doctoral position available at AHRI

This eighteen-months Post-doc position will support the work of the research vision and objectives, data and methodology, and omics workstreams of the CE-APCC. The work will happen in several phases with the first phase a landscape review of population cohorts in Africa with regards to their research visions and aims, scope for data and methodological harmonization, and opportunities for omics approaches. During the second phase, the candidate will organize and facilitate a series of thematic workshops with stakeholders in Africa to discuss and enhance the landscape review. This information will be summarized in a participatory pathway impact analysis. The third phase will build a consensus on the research vision and objectives for the APCC and opportunities for omics, data, and methodological advances. In the final phase the candidate will participate in the writing of the final APCC blueprint. The candidate will work with three other postdoctoral fellows on this project who are based in Malawi and Kenya.

This is an exciting opportunity for a postdoctoral candidate to work directly with leading scientists in Africa in the fields of population, public health, data, and omics sciences. The candidate will work under the direct supervision of Dr Kobus Herbst, the co-lead of the CE-APCC; Drs. Anjali Sharma, Jacques Emina and Mercy Wanjala, conveners of the Research Vision and Objectives workstream; Drs. Agnes Kiragga and Sikhulile Moyo, co-leads of the Data & Methodology workstreams; and Prof Michele Ramsay, lead of the Omics workstream.

It is an unprecedented opportunity to explore the research landscape of the most important population cohorts, including the more than 30 health and demographic surveillance systems in Africa and build an invaluable network of scientists in Africa as a resource for a scientific career that will positively impact of the health and wellbeing of the African population. This work will result in several publications documenting the landscape review and the process of establishing the APCC.

Qualifications and experience:

PhD in a relevant subject
Strong systematic review skills
Ability to prepare results for publication and draft own manuscripts
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Self-motivated, able to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
Good interpersonal skills and team orientated
Please click here to apply. Closing date is Friday, 21 October 2022.

The salary for this position depends on previous experience and brackets are according to AHRI’s official scheme and NRF grades, which will be without tax deduction due to tax exemption status for postdoctoral fellows.

Join us this Friday to consult with Supporting Organisations

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 30th September to meet with as many colleagues from our Supporting Organisations https://afrophc.org/supporting-organisations/  [with English-French translators]. The consultation will be facilitated by members of the Executive Board. The agenda is as follows. The link is below

  • Welcome/Introductions
  • 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 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87667423120?pwd=R1p0NHY1ZlNDQ3dGTlRZcjduczlOUT09 ID: 876 6742 3120 | Passcode: 111364

Join the AfroPHC WhatsApp groups and engage in discussions before and after our consultations https://chat.whatsapp.com/GV7f8h3T4vpAMYixbMCMiC 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.

Rejoignez-nous ce vendredi pour consulter les organisations de soutien

Nous tenons vraiment à ce que le plus grand nombre de personnes s’engagent avec AfroPHC et le projet de cadre politique. Vous pouvez faire un commentaire ici.

Rejoignez-nous de 13h à 15h GMT ce vendredi 30 septembre pour rencontrer autant de collègues de nos organisations de soutien https://afrophc.org/supporting-organisations/  [avec des traducteurs anglais-français]. La consultation sera animée par les membres du Conseil d’administration.

L’ordre du jour est le suivant. Le lien est ci-dessous

• Bienvenue/Présentations

• Introduction à AfroPHC et discussions de chapitre sur « Quels sont les défis des SSP dans la région ? »

• Examen des discussions sur le cadre politique d’AfroPHC sur “Le projet de cadre politique : ce que nous aimons, n’aimons pas et suggestions”

• Discussions sur « Comment faire avancer AfroPHC ? »

Rejoignez la réunion Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87667423120?pwd=R1p0NHY1ZlNDQ3dGTlRZcjduczlOUT09 ID : 876 6742 3120 | Code d’accès : 111364

Rejoignez les groupes AfroPHC WhatsApp et engagez des discussions avant et après nos consultations https://chat.whatsapp.com/GV7f8h3T4vpAMYixbMCMiC Voir plus ici [https://afrophc.org/chapters/].

Nous tenons à ce qu’un maximum d’acteurs locaux y participent. Il s’agit notamment d’associations professionnelles, de ministères de la santé, d’organismes d’accréditation/de certification, d’universitaires, de groupes de défense des patients, etc. N’hésitez pas à partager cet e-mail avec toutes les parties prenantes clés qui, selon vous, devraient être présentes et à leur demander de se joindre à nous pour discuter d’AfroPHC et du cadre politique. .

Join us this Friday to consult with Key Stakeholders

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 23rd September to meet with as many colleagues from HIFA, WHO AFRO, UNICEF, WorldBank, AU, CDC, AMREF, PHCPI Allies [with English-French translators]. The consultation will be facilitated by Shabir Moosa and Mercy Wanjala

The agenda is as follows. The link is below

  • Welcome/Introductions
  • 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 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87667423120?pwd=R1p0NHY1ZlNDQ3dGTlRZcjduczlOUT09 ID: 876 6742 3120 | Passcode: 111364

Join the AfroPHC WhatsApp groups and engage in discussions before and after our consultations https://chat.whatsapp.com/GV7f8h3T4vpAMYixbMCMiC 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.

Rejoignez-nous ce vendredi pour consulter les principales parties prenantes

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Nous tenons vraiment à ce que le plus grand nombre de personnes s’engagent avec AfroPHC et le projet de cadre politique. Vous pouvez faire un commentaire ici.

Rejoignez-nous de 13h à 15h GMT ce vendredi 23 septembre pour rencontrer autant de collègues de HIFA, WHO AFRO, UNICEF, WorldBank, AU, CDC, AMREF, PHCPI Allies [avec des traducteurs anglais-français]. La consultation sera animée par Shabir Moosa et Mercy Wanjala

L’ordre du jour est le suivant. Le lien est ci-dessous

  • Bienvenue/Présentations
  • Introduction à AfroPHC et discussions de chapitre sur « Quels sont les défis des SSP dans la région ? »
  • Examen des discussions sur le cadre politique d’AfroPHC sur “Le projet de cadre politique : ce que nous aimons, n’aimons pas et suggestions”
  • Discussions sur « Comment faire avancer AfroPHC ? »

Rejoignez la réunion Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87667423120?pwd=R1p0NHY1ZlNDQ3dGTlRZcjduczlOUT09 ID : 876 6742 3120 | Code d’accès : 111364

Rejoignez les groupes AfroPHC WhatsApp et engagez des discussions avant et après nos consultations https://chat.whatsapp.com/GV7f8h3T4vpAMYixbMCMiC Voir plus ici [https://afrophc.org/chapters/].

Nous tenons à ce qu’un maximum d’acteurs locaux y participent. Il s’agit notamment d’associations professionnelles, de ministères de la santé, d’organismes d’accréditation/de certification, d’universitaires, de groupes de défense des patients, etc. N’hésitez pas à partager cet e-mail avec toutes les parties prenantes clés qui, selon vous, devraient être présentes et à leur demander de se joindre à nous pour discuter d’AfroPHC et du cadre politique.

AfroPHC Policy Workshop on Women in African PHC

Join us at our next interactive AfroPHC Policy Workshop on “Women in African PHC” 11am-2pm Ghana, 12pm-3pm Nigeria, 1-4 pm Central/Southern Africa and 2-5pm Kenya next Tuesday 20th September. Check your local time here. Link below

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

Our panel, moderated by Dr Jamie Colloty, is made up of the following expert: Dr. Elizabeth Reji, WONCA Working Party for Women in Family Medicine.

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.

  1. “What are the barriers/limitations to the involvement and participation in primary health care in Africa?( From both patient/community and provider perspective)”
  2. “What sustainable solutions can we implement to overcome these barriers/ limitations?”

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 below.

Dr. Elizabeth Reji has been in WONCA Africa Executive Committee for the past 10 years as the member at large and currently, the treasurer of this committee. A member of  the Organisation Equity Committee WORLD WONCA and the Finance committee of the WONCA World. Ex-lead of WWPWFM Africa & currently, the Chair Elect for the WWPWFM WORLD. She holds a Master’s degree in Family Medicine (Pretoria university), Fellowship (College of Medicine, South Africa), Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science Education (Witwatersrand university). She is an Educator, Clinician, Administrator, Manager and Researcher. My mission is to encourage women to become a leader in any sphere of life.

Join us this Friday to consult in Southern 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 16th September to meet with as many colleagues from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini [with English-French translators]. The consultation will be facilitated by Cynthia Chaibva and Jamie Colloty

The agenda is as follows. The link is below

  • Welcome/Introductions
  • 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 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87667423120?pwd=R1p0NHY1ZlNDQ3dGTlRZcjduczlOUT09 ID: 876 6742 3120 | Passcode: 111364

Join the AfroPHC Southern Africa WhatsApp group and engage in discussions before and after our consultations https://chat.whatsapp.com/GV7f8h3T4vpAMYixbMCMiC 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.

Join us this Friday to consult in Western 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 9th September to meet with as many colleagues from Nigeria, Ghana, Niger, Guinea, Benin, Burundi, Togo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mauritania, Gambia, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal [with English-French translators]. The consultation will be facilitated by Joseph Ana and Umar Ibrahim.

The agenda is as follows. The link is below

  • Welcome/Introductions
  • 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 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87667423120?pwd=R1p0NHY1ZlNDQ3dGTlRZcjduczlOUT09 ID: 876 6742 3120 | Passcode: 111364

Join the AfroPHC Western Africa WhatsApp group and engage in discussions before and after our consultations https://chat.whatsapp.com/DvJvzMzonXr7E0Zt7ED8Wa 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.

Rejoignez-nous ce vendredi pour consulter en Afrique de l’Ouest

Nous tenons vraiment à ce que le plus grand nombre de personnes s’engagent avec AfroPHC et le projet de cadre politique. Vous pouvez faire un commentaire ici.

Rejoignez-nous de 13h à 15h GMT ce vendredi 9 septembre pour rencontrer autant de collègues du Nigeria, du Ghana, du Niger, de la Guinée, du Bénin, du Burundi, du Togo, de la Sierra Leone, du Libéria, de la Mauritanie, de la Gambie, de la Côte d’Ivoire, du Burkina Faso, du Mali, Sénégal [avec traducteurs anglais-français]. La consultation sera animée par Joseph Ana et Umar Ibrahim.

L’ordre du jour est le suivant. Le lien est ci-dessous

• Bienvenue/Présentations

• Introduction à AfroPHC et discussions de chapitre sur « Quels sont les défis des SSP dans la région ? »

• Examen des discussions sur le cadre politique d’AfroPHC sur “Le projet de cadre politique : ce que nous aimons, n’aimons pas et suggestions”

• Discussions sur « Comment faire avancer AfroPHC ? »

Rejoignez la réunion Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87667423120?pwd=R1p0NHY1ZlNDQ3dGTlRZcjduczlOUT09 ID : 876 6742 3120 | Code d’accès : 111364

Rejoignez le groupe WhatsApp AfroPHC Afrique de l’Ouest et engagez des discussions avant et après nos consultations https://chat.whatsapp.com/DvJvzMzonXr7E0Zt7ED8Wa Voir plus ici [https://afrophc.org/chapters/].

Nous tenons à ce qu’un maximum d’acteurs locaux y participent. Il s’agit notamment d’associations professionnelles, de ministères de la santé, d’organismes d’accréditation/de certification, d’universitaires, de groupes de défense des patients, etc. N’hésitez pas à partager cet e-mail avec toutes les parties prenantes clés qui, selon vous, devraient être présentes et à leur demander de se joindre à nous pour discuter d’AfroPHC et du cadre politique.

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.

Email: senkyire88@gmail.com

Join us this Saturday to consult with Youth Hub Leaders

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

Join us 10-1pm GMT this Saturday 3rd September to meet with as many colleagues from our Youth Hub Leaders https://afrophc.org/afrophc-youth-hub/ [with English-French translators]. The consultation will be facilitated by Mercy Wanjala and Jamie Colloty.

The agenda is as follows. The link is below

  • Welcome/Introductions
  • 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 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83027869237?pwd=YTRtTm9hdE1wQW5DRkF6U0RONUV2QT09 Meeting ID: 830 2786 9237
Passcode: 226238

Join the AfroPHC WhatsApp groups and engage in discussions before and after our consultations https://chat.whatsapp.com/GV7f8h3T4vpAMYixbMCMiC 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.

Nous tenons vraiment à ce que le plus grand nombre de personnes s’engagent avec AfroPHC et le projet de cadre politique. Vous pouvez faire un commentaire ici.

Rejoignez-nous de 10h à 13h GMT ce samedi 3 septembre pour rencontrer autant de collègues de nos leaders du Youth Hub https://afrophc.org/afrophc-youth-hub/ [avec des traducteurs anglais-français]. La consultation sera animée par Mercy Wanjala et Jamie Colloty.

L’ordre du jour est le suivant. Le lien est ci-dessous

• Bienvenue/Présentations

• Introduction à AfroPHC et discussions de chapitre sur « Quels sont les défis des SSP dans la région ? »

• Examen des discussions sur le cadre politique d’AfroPHC sur “Le projet de cadre politique : ce que nous aimons, n’aimons pas et suggestions”

• Discussions sur « Comment faire avancer AfroPHC ? »

Rejoignez la réunion Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83027869237?pwd=YTRtTm9hdE1wQW5DRkF6U0RONUV2QT09 Meeting ID: 830 2786 9237
Passcode: 226238

Rejoignez les groupes AfroPHC WhatsApp et engagez des discussions avant et après nos consultations https://chat.whatsapp.com/GV7f8h3T4vpAMYixbMCMiC Voir plus ici [https://afrophc.org/chapters/].

Nous tenons à ce qu’un maximum d’acteurs locaux y participent. Il s’agit notamment d’associations professionnelles, de ministères de la santé, d’organismes d’accréditation/de certification, d’universitaires, de groupes de défense des patients, etc. N’hésitez pas à partager cet e-mail avec toutes les parties prenantes clés qui, selon vous, devraient être présentes et à leur demander de se joindre à nous pour discuter d’AfroPHC et du cadre politique. .

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 https://afrophc.org/afrophc-systems-research/ 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 ; bmjopen.bmj.com/content/11/4/e043652.abstract
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
Lindell,DNP,RN,CNE,ANEF,FAAN




Join Zoom Meeting

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See useful readings below.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.npls.2016.01.001 https://doi.org/10.1186/s42466-020-00059-z https://www.manchesteropenhive.com/view/9781526136527/9781526136527.00012.xml https://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-ofcontents/assessment/assessing-community-needs-and-resources/conduct-focus-groups/main http://www.groundedtheory.com/ https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0142159X.2018.1497149 .

https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2648.2007.04569.x http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2288/13/117

https://doi.org/10.1111/nhs.12048 . chromeextension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/https://www.gla.ac.uk/media/Media_64038_s mxx.pdf https://academic.oup.com/humrep/article/31/3/498/2384737?login=false

https://doi.org/10.1093/intqhc/mzm042.

https://academic.oup.com/intqhc/article/19/6/349/1791966?login=false

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1468794117706869

https://www.coursera.support/s/article/209818613-Enrollment-options?language=en_US

Courses related to Qualitative Research (the link lists many, below are several- all Free to Enroll https://www.coursera.org/courses?query=qualitative%20research%20methods .

https://www.coursera.org/learn/qualitative-methods

https://www.coursera.org/learn/qualitative-data-collection-methods https://www.coursera.org/specializations/qualitative-research-design-and-methods-forpublic-health

https://www.coursera.org/learn/qualitative-research



STAY SAFE & GET VACCINATED!!!

Regards

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

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 next Tuesday to consult in Portuguese Africa

Join us this Tuesday to consult in Portuguese 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 Tuesday 30th August to meet with as many colleagues from Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cabo Verde, Sao Tome & Principe [with English-Portuguese translators]. The consultation will be facilitated by Shabir Moosa and Mercy Wanjala.

The agenda is as follows. The link is below

  • Welcome/Introductions
  • 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

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84629818008?pwd=VktLK0hUQXRuUjZNZVhmY25qZjI1UT09

Meeting ID: 846 2981 8008 | Passcode: 275550

Join the AfroPHC Portuguese Africa WhatsApp group and engage in discussions before and after our consultations https://chat.whatsapp.com/GV7f8h3T4vpAMYixbMCMiC 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.

Rejoignez-nous ce mardi pour consulter en Afrique portugaise

Nous tenons vraiment à ce que le plus grand nombre de personnes s’engagent avec AfroPHC et le projet de cadre politique. Vous pouvez faire un commentaire ici.

Rejoignez-nous de 13h à 15h GMT ce mardi 30 août pour rencontrer autant de collègues d’Angola, du Mozambique, de Guinée-Bissau, de Cabo Verde, de Sao Tomé-et-Principe [avec des traducteurs anglais-portugais]. La consultation sera animée par Shabir Moosa et Mercy Wanjala.

L’ordre du jour est le suivant. Le lien est ci-dessous

• Bienvenue/Présentations

• Introduction à AfroPHC et discussions de chapitre sur « Quels sont les défis des SSP dans la région ? »

• Examen des discussions sur le cadre politique d’AfroPHC sur “Le projet de cadre politique : ce que nous aimons, n’aimons pas et suggestions”

• Discussions sur « Comment faire avancer AfroPHC ? »

Rejoindre la réunion Zoom

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84629818008?pwd=VktLK0hUQXRuUjZNZVhmY25qZjI1UT09

ID de réunion : 846 2981 8008 | Code d’accès : 275550

Rejoignez le groupe WhatsApp AfroPHC Afrique portugaise et engagez des discussions avant et après nos consultations https://chat.whatsapp.com/GV7f8h3T4vpAMYixbMCMiC Voir plus ici [https://afrophc.org/chapters/].

Nous tenons à ce qu’un maximum d’acteurs locaux y participent. Il s’agit notamment d’associations professionnelles, de ministères de la santé, d’organismes d’accréditation/de certification, d’universitaires, de groupes de défense des patients, etc. N’hésitez pas à partager cet e-mail avec toutes les parties prenantes clés qui, selon vous, devraient être présentes et à leur demander de se joindre à nous pour discuter d’AfroPHC et du cadre politique. .

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. https://afrophc.org/2022/08/07/afrophc-draft-policy-framework-released-for-stakeholder-comment/

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
Welcome/Introductions
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 [https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87667423120?pwd=R1p0NHY1ZlNDQ3dGTlRZcjduczlOUT09] ID: 876 6742 3120 | Passcode: 111364

Join the AfroPHC Eastern Africa WhatsApp group and engage in discussions before and after our consultations https://chat.whatsapp.com/KFY9v0jLGIy8o71uZfWUdy 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.

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 using the link below.

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

  • Welcome/Introductions
  • 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 [https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87667423120?pwd=R1p0NHY1ZlNDQ3dGTlRZcjduczlOUT09] ID: 876 6742 3120 | Passcode: 111364

Join the AfroPHC Eastern Africa WhatsApp group and engage in discussions before and after our consultations https://chat.whatsapp.com/KFY9v0jLGIy8o71uZfWUdy 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