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. .

AfroPHC Consultations

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.

AfroPHC Draft Policy Framework released for stakeholder comment

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

As the largest grassroots African institution, specifically dedicated to advocating for frontline health workers that are committed to primary health care (PHC) service delivery and universal health coverage (UHC), we call on leaders across Africa to empower and build effective PHC teams to achieve strong PHC and UHC in Africa. Please pay heed to your health professionals.

Africa faces many new challenges AND opportunities in PHC.

To date, human resources for health in PHC are grossly insufficient in number overall, often inefficiently distributed, lacking adequate training for delivering fully responsive and comprehensive frontline care, and treated inequitably within the health system. There has been a lack of solidarity among key role players in healthcare on the need for adequate PHC funding evidenced by using outdated service delivery and payment models. 

However, there are opportunities leaders can capitalize on: global PHC milestones, increasing political will for investment in PHC, and increasingly proven mechanisms for achieving a stronger workforce such as the professionalization of community health workers, clinical task-sharing and the incorporation of family doctors into PHC.

We call on African leaders and global stakeholders to develop and implement a regional forward-looking plan to:

  1. Train, recruit and maintain a sufficient frontline PHC WORKFORCE. This must include professionalized community health workers, building task-sharing with supportive supervision, distributed leadership, clinical governance by accountable clinicians, and an integrated human resources development plan suitable to PHC.
  2. Support PHC with RESOURCES. This must include political and funding action on PHC as an investment, a fight for global solidarity action on PHC funding pools and to better manage with strategic purchasing and payment reforms using blended capitation.
  3. Build robust PHC SYSTEMS. This must envision comprehensive person- family- and people-centred PHC, embrace the bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach for PHC, put Health In All Policies, build quality in PHC, build the District Health System, empanel defined populations to a defined team with community oriented primary care and embrace interoperable e-Health that is person-centred and user-friendly.

As the African Forum for Primary Health Care, we call on Africa to commit to making this plan a reality and building effective PHC teams for UHC in Africa.

Please feel free to leave comments on your suggested changes/additions before 31st September. See link to full document.

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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.

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.

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. .

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 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

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81670301810?pwd=Wk80aVc2OVlIK1BOUVk1UXpPNE1CUT09 Meeting ID: 816 7030 1810 Passcode: 501394

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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

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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

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
dponka@cfpc.ca https://www.cfpc.ca/The_Besrour_Centre/

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