PHC in UHC Workshop

AfroPHC had a virtual workshop on 9-11th of September 2020, successfully bringing together almost 400 PHC frontline activists. See the AfroPHC Statement that emerged. We had a follow-up 3hr virtual workshop, linked to UHC Day, on 1-4 pm (Central African Time) 10th Dec 2020 to workshop the question “What is next for AfroPHC, considering the UHC movement?” We were especially concerned about workforce issues in PHC under UHC.

The workshop from 1-4 pm consisted of a plenary of 60 min, group discussions for 60 min and feedback in the next 60min on the following questions.

  • What are the priorities for AfroPHC going forward?
  • What are the priority PHC workforce issues in Africa?
  • How should we address these priority PHC workforce issues?
  • What working groups should we be creating in AfroPHC to generally take AfroPHC priorities forward?

We also wanted to explore how to set AfroPHC up as a formal organisation. See the draft AfroPHC founding document below. We plan to launch AfroPHC in Feb-Mar 2021 after a membership drive.

Recording below

Presentation below

AfroPHC-for-UHC-Workshop-2020-12-10 Report

See below our plenary of influential panellists who discussed how PHC activists should navigate the UHC movement and advance the vision of AfroPHC, as captured by the AfroPHC Statement.

Mr. Jim Campbell

Director, Health Workforce Department at the World Health Organization

Jim Campbell is the Director, Health Workforce Department at the World Health Organization. He oversees the development and implementation of global public goods, evidence and tools to generate investments in the education, employment and retention of the health and care workforce in pursuit of global health security, universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals. His present portfolio includes the short- and long-term impact of COVID-19 on the health and care workforce, oversight of 2021 as WHO’s International Year of Health and Care Workers, and implementation of WHO’s Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030.

Dr. Suraya Dalil

Director, Special Programme on Primary Health Care at the World Health Organization

Dr. Suraya Dalil represents a unique profile that encompasses humanitarian leadership, health expertise, and diplomacy with a resolute commitment to human rights and women’s empowerment. Presently, she is Director of the WHO Special Programme on Primary Health Care based in Geneva. Prior to this, she was Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations based in Geneva and Ambassador to Switzerland. She served as Minister of Public Health from January 2010 to December 2014 and led complex political and operational efforts ensuring equitable health care with improved quality and access. She is a physician by training, and holds a Master’s degree in public health from Harvard University. See her website

Dr. Prosper Tumusiime

Retired Director, Departments of Health Systems and Services Development and Universal Health Coverage & Lifecycle, WHO Regional Office for Africa

Prosper Tumusiime is a medical doctor with postgraduate training in public health and Epidemiology. He has had extensive experience in the area of health systems and services at all levels, local, national, and international. He has worked with Governments and partners in countries in the development of health policies, strategies, and supported capacity building at the sub-national level. work currently focuses on improving health service delivery in the context of Universal Health Coverage.

He is recently retired, having worked for WHO for 20 years at different levels, including at Director level for at least 2 years, overseeing the Departments of Health Systems and Services Development and Universal Health Coverage & Lifecycle at the WHO Regional Office for Africa. Prior to joining WHO, he had worked for the Ministries of Health and Local Government and for AMREF in Uganda from 1982 to 2000.

Prof. Joachim Osur

Technical Director, Amref Health Africa and Dean, School of Medical Sciences at Amref International University

Joachim Osur is the Technical Director, Amref Health Africa. He is Associate Professor of Sexual and Reproductive Health and also Dean, School of Medical Sciences at Amref International University. He is a public health, reproductive health, and sexual medicine specialist with a wide experience in health programming in the African context. He has contributed immensely to health systems strengthening, health policy development and development of health delivery models that have impacted thousands of lives in various countries in Africa. Among others, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery, a Master’s Degree in Public Health, and a PhD in Reproductive Health. Professour Osur is a member of the American College of Sexologists and a Fellow of the European Committee on Sexual Medicine.