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
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.
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.
We have been fortunate in winning a PHC Performance Initiative Micro-Grant of $40 000 to take the policy framework further. 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 consultation process starts in earnest. 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. 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 to any key stakeholders you think should be there and ask them to join us to discuss AfroPHC and the Policy Framework.
“Building effective multidisciplinary primary health care teams for universal health coverage in Africa”
The year 2022 is due to be a crucial year for international action on strengthening primary healthcare systems, building back better after the COVID-19 pandemic. Building an effective primary health care team is essential now more than ever, with far-reaching consequences for the long-term health and resilience of communities and societies. In recovering from the global shock caused by COVID-19 – and the resulting damage to livelihoods, health, and sustainable development – governments are increasingly urged to prioritise a healthy and sustainable recovery by building resilient and effective primary health care systems that are ready and responsive to dynamic community needs. To this end, the Africa Forum for Primary Health Care is developing a policy document on building effective primary health care teams for universal health coverage in Africa, drawn from the contribution of front-line primary health care workers from across the African continent. To further this development, we would like to include case studies on the constitution and functioning of primary health care teams in different contexts and health systems.
What kind of case studies are we looking for?
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.
What should a primary health care team case study look like?
Be solutions-driven: make sure your case study is a concrete and real-life example of progress being made on building a primary care team led by frontline primary health care workers
Be visual: share images, video or graphic elements if possible.
Be diverse: highlight different stakeholders and sectors driving positive change, such as representatives from cities, regions, businesses and civil society from sectors such as health, biodiversity, transport, economy and energy, as well as health professionals, scientists, policymakers, celebrities, local authorities and mayors, government representatives, representatives from vulnerable communities and youth leaders.
Be personal: show the people behind the initiative, and share at least 1 quote or personal perspective, ideally from a person directly involved in the process or from an expert in the field.
Be short and concise: limit your story to 1-1.5 page (1200 words max), if possible.
How to structure the case study
Introduction: Introduces the case, including the background and any relevant contextual information.
Aims: Describes the purpose of writing the case study and what you will showcase/highlight and the specific problems you were trying to solve.
Process: Explains how the multidisciplinary team was formed highlighting the stakeholders involved and strategies used, including any policy documents or any other documents, studies or examples used as a point of reference and citing important timelines and milestones/ breakthroughs.
Results/Impact: Describes what you found through your process and what resulted from the formation and working of tne team at facility level and also at community level. Include statistics on any significant population health changes
Recommendations: Provides proposals for future action to solve the problem or improve the situation, e.g., by applying a particular kind of treatment or intervention.
How to submit a case study?
The case studies can be submitted via this online form or in text format (1200 words max), following the guiding questions, by email to email@example.com. Complementing the case studies with visual materials, such as photos from the field, would be most welcome.
Interested organizations and individuals are also encouraged to demonstrate their case studies by submitting a short 1–2-minute video with footage and testimonials from the field, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. These recordings could be used to create an advocacy video “Building effective African primary health care team for universal health coverage” that will be projected at the 2023 AfroPHC Conference.
The deadline for submitting the case studieshas been extended to 30th September, 2022. Winners will be announced by 31st October.
How will the case studies be used?
A selection of case studies will be incorporated into the AfroPHC policy document. The authors of these case studies will also be supported by AfroPHC to develop manuscripts for publication. The cases will also be featured on the AfroPHC website.
The best overall case study will receive an award of $ 400.
The most innovative case study will receive an award of $ 300.
The case study that best highlights community involvement and engagement will receive $ 300.
*Selected submissions will be further co-developed into case studies in collaboration with the AfroPHC team. Case studies aim to highlight the scope and diversity of ongoing efforts to strengthen primary health care systems around the continent.
We have been fortunate in obtaining a PHC Performance Initiative Micro-Grant of $40 000 to take the policy framework further. It was an incredibly strong pool of 200 applicants and our proposal rose to the top. The goal in our grant-seeking project is to deepen the draft AfroPHC Policy Framework on “Building PHC teams for UHC in Africa” by focusing on EFFECTIVENESS. The target participants and audiences will be AfroPHC members, PHC team members and other stakeholders as well as young health professionals and students at regional and country levels. Activities will be mostly online across African countries, with hybrid Final Workshop of the AfroPHC Executive and Advisory Board in Johannesburg, South Africa 25th-26th October 2022 and a virtual Launch Event on 12th December 2022. See more
Policy Framework edit / Desk Review
PLAN: Refinement of the draft policy framework with evidence from a desk review of grey and academic literature, including PHCPI’s 38 core indicators, Vital Signs Profile and WHO’s PHC Measurement Framework and Indicators [Led by Shabir Moosa (€1000)] Deliverable 1.1: Draft Policy Framework including desk review of literature exploring building of effective multidisciplinary PHC teams for UHC in Africa. Deliverable 1.1: Disseminated article/s, posts and/or opinion pieces on key findings of desk review
Call for cases
PLAN: Calling, reviewing, and compiling case studies of effective multidisciplinary PHC teams [Led by Mercy Wanjala [€1000 prizes, €1000 writing and other support] Deliverable 2.1: Draft Policy Framework including case studies exploring effective multidisciplinary PHC teams for UHC in Africa. Deliverable 2.2: Disseminated article/s, posts and/or opinion pieces on key findings of case studies
PLAN: Online consultations with regional and national Chapters, Youth Hub and other PHC stakeholders to discuss and validate the draft Policy Framework and early findings [Led by Marie-Claire Wangari [$€2000 translations] Deliverable 3.1 Minutes and a report of consultations held. Deliverable 3.2 Draft Policy Framework including consultation outcomes exploring building of effective multidisciplinary PHC teams for UHC in Africa. Our short-term outcomes in 2022 are that the online consultations at a more local level on the issues in the draft Policy Framework will not only help contextualise the Policy Framework and build capacity and understanding of key issues but will also stir more explicit conversations on PHC for UHC at a sub-African level. The review of the Policy Framework against global standards for measurement/evaluation and writing of PHC cases will not only improve knowledge sharing and collaboration across the continent and also improve research and publication at PHC level. We are eager to finally meet in person to thrash out the Policy Framework and ensure it speaks confidently to PHC team members across Africa. We want the Policy Framework to be acknowledged widely and find its way into WHO AFRO and national discourse.
Consultation Workshop (October 2022)
PLAN: A hybrid Consultation Workshop with 30 – 40 representatives of the health workforce in Africa meeting in-person in South Africa around October 25th, 2022, the 4th anniversary of Astana Declaration [Led be ECT (€15 000 travel / €14 000 accommodation / €1000 IT / Internet] Deliverable 3.1 Minutes and a report of consultations held. Deliverable 3.2 Final Policy Framework on “Building effective multidisciplinary PHC teams for UHC in Africa”
Launch Event (12th December 2022)
PLAN: A virtual Launch Event of the final Policy Framework on December 12th, UHC Day 2022. Deliverable 3.1 Concept note of the launch event. Deliverable 3.2 Publication and dissemination plan for Final Policy Framework on “Building effective multidisciplinary PHC teams for UHC in Africa”. Deliverable 3.3. Hostvirtual launch event
PLAN: Emails, social media and advert for Document + Online Consultations + Launch Event + Cases [€3000 + €1000]
Join AfroPHC is its next interactive AfroPHC Policy Workshop on “Health and Wellness of Primary Health Care Workers in Africa” 11am-2 pm GMT on Tuesday 16th August. Check your local time here.
Aim: To explore the factors that influence the health and well-being of primary health care workers in Africa and effective strategies to improve workers ‘health.
To explore the issues that affect the health and wellness of Primary Health Care workers in Africa
To discuss individual, team, and administrative strategies to protect the health and safety of primary health care workers in Africa
Our panel, moderated by Dr Jamie Colloty, is made of the following expert on Workers Health. See their bios below
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 some 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.
Please register your interest for the Policy Workshops on the AfroPHC policy workshops page. We will provide you the zoom meeting details a few days before the meeting.
Dr. Dorothy Ngajilo is an Occupational Medicine Specialist working with the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Occupational and Workplace Health Programme. She is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of occupational health and safety programmes for health workers in different countries, in collaboration with other internal technical programmes and outside partners. Prior to joining WHO, Dr. Ngajilo worked in the Ministry of Health of her native country, Tanzania, as an Occupational Medicine Physician. She is also a medical advisor to the Tanzanian Workers Compensation Fund (WCF) and the Occupational Health and Safety Authority (OSHA), providing technical support on all matters related to occupational health and safety. Dr. Ngajilo is a medical doctor with Occupational Medicine specialty training from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She is also a Fellow of the College of Public Health Medicine (Occupational Medicine) of South Africa.
The Fifth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health will be held from 3 to 5 April 2023. The format of the Forum will be hybrid, to enable virtual and in-person sessions and will be hosted from the Auditorium of the WHO headquarters in Geneva. The Forum will be held under the theme of Protecting, safeguarding, and investing in the health and care workforce. Marking more than five years since the adoption of the Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030, the Forum will provide updates on progress in its implementation and share evidence and experiences on workforce development, as well as opportunities for a post COVID-19 era that will inform the implementation of the Working for Health 2022-2030 Action Plan (2022-2030). It will examine the required policy solutions, investments, and multi-sectoral partnerships to address health and care workforce challenges and advance health systems towards universal health coverage and health security. The outcomes of the Forum will inform the United Nations General Assembly’s High-Level Meeting on UHC in September 2023.
The Forum is intersectoral and will engage participation from a range of actors, including high-impact decision-makers, across education, finance, gender, health, labour/employment, and migration sectors. In person participation will be for speakers participating in the high-level roundtable dialogue. Technical sessions and other learning and networking activities will be available upon registration through an IT platform dedicated for the Forum.
The language of the Forum will be English with simultaneous interpretation available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish, for the high-level roundtables.
Greetings from the WHO Patient Safety Flagship in Geneva.
The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted nearly all countries’ health systems and diminished their capability to provide safe health care, specifically due to errors, harm and delays in diagnosis, treatment and care management. In preparation for the forthcoming fifth Global Ministerial Summits on Patient Safety, scheduled to be held on 23-24 February 2023 in Montreux, Switzerland as the host country, has been working with WHO to better understand the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for patient safety.
As part of this ongoing initiative, WHO Patient Safety Flagship is planning to launch the publication “Implication of the COVID-19 Pandemic for Patient Safety: A Rapid Review”, in a virtual event on Tuesday, 09 August 2022, 14:00-15:30 (CEST).
The objectives of this event are to:
– provide an overview of implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for patients, health workers, and the general public
– highlight the importance of managing risks and addressing avoidable harm in a pandemic situation
– discuss implications of the pandemic for patient safety within the broader context of preparedness, response and recovery
– lay the foundation for follow-up work around generating more robust evidence and supporting countries in their efforts to build resilient and safer health care systems.
We hope that you join us for this event on Tuesday, 09 August 2022 at 14:00-15:30 CEST.
Kara Hanson is Professor of Health System Economics and Dean of the Faculty of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has over 30 years’ experience in health economics research, focusing on low- and middle-income countries, particularly in Africa and Asia. She has spent extended periods working in Africa and has led several large multi-partner, cross-regional research programs. Her research interests include health care financing, the operation of healthcare markets, human resources, and the economics of delivering priority health interventions. She chaired the recent Lancet Global Health Commission on Financing PHC.
AfroPHC is keen to develop Chapters in different countries across Africa to advance the agenda of AfroPHC and get local PHC team leaders to work together, engage with key stakeholders and action simple projects locally.
The AfroPHC Executive Board has laid out a schedule of meetings over 2022 to support this development. See here. It will run 2-4pm Central Africa Time on the 3rd Friday of every month. All AfroPHC Executive Board members will be there.
Our first meeting for West Africa will be 1-3pm West Africa Time Friday 18th February 2022. See local time here. All AfroPHC members (and anyone else) from the following countries are invited: Nigeria, Ghana, Niger, Guinea, Benin, Burundi, Togo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mauritania, Gambia, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal. There will be French translation. Please feel free to share this with other colleagues in these countries.
Go to to the Chapter Webpage to find the calendar invite and zoom link to join the meeting.
Join the 3rd Africa Interprofessional Education Network (AfrIPEN) virtual conference 13h00-18h00 Central African Time on 15-17th September 2021. See the programme and registration details in the documents below. You can also register here.
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.