Health Systems Advocacy Partners Inaugurate the National Advisory Committee Members in Uganda

on Wednesday, 26 April 2017.

The Health Systems Advisory Partners that include: African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST) Amref Health Africa in Uganda and Coalition for Health Promotion and Social Development (HEPS-Uganda) representing Health Action International (HAI) on the 4th April 2017 held an Inauguration meeting of the National Advisory Committee of the Health Systems Advocacy Project at Protea Hotel in Kampala.

The Health Systems Advocacy Project funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs iproject that seeks to contribute towards achieving SRHR through strengthened health systems. In Uganda, this project is being implemented at the national level and at the district level in the six districts of Soroti, Serere, Lira, Dokolo, Kabale and Kisoro. The goal of the project is to enable communities realize their right to the highest attainable sexual reproductive health, crucial for equitable sustainable economic development.

The objectives of the meeting were to: inaugurate the National Advisory Committee (NAC) of the project, disseminate the project base line findings and share the project overview and progress to date. This meeting brought together 100 participants from both the National and district levels that included: Members of parliament, civil society organizations, District Health Officers, the Media; Faith based institutions and local government representatives.

ACHEST Directors speak at the 1st International Symposium on Community Health Workers in Kampala.

on Tuesday, 28 February 2017.

“Most of the health systems are preoccupied with treating diseases, not promoting health. We need strong stewardship and leadership to ensure that we prevent people from falling sick by investing in health systems and getting our leaders to appreciate the wellness based health systems.” Professor Francis Omaswa, Executive Director for African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST) remarked while giving a key note address at the 1st International Symposium on Community Health Workers in Kampala.
Expounding on the key note speech titled: “Building a health system that leaves no one behind: Implications for Uganda.” Prof Omaswa stressed the importance of embedding health in governance, reminiscing the way local leaders provided governance on health in their communities which yielded positive results. Local leaders therefore should report health threats to the government leaders just as they report security issues since health is a security issue as well.
The symposium that was held in Kampala from 21st-23rd February 2017 brought together over 200 participants from around the world where about 100 presentations were made packaged in: key note addresses, plenary, poster and breakout sessions organized in partnership between Makerere School of Public Health, Nottingham Trent University and Government o f Uganda.Prof. Francis Omaswa speaking at the 1st International Symposium on Community Health Workers in KampalaProf. Francis Omaswa speaking at the 1st International Symposium on Community Health Workers in Kampala
The Minister for Primary Health Care, Dr. Joyce Kaducu Moriku commended community health workers for the great contribution they made in bridging the gap between the communities and the health centers that immensely led to the reduction of maternal mortality and morbidity contributing to Goal 2 and 3 of the MDGs amidst the limited resources.

ACHEST launched a partnership with the media

on Wednesday, 18 January 2017.

African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST) launched a partnership with the media that was aimed at bringing the media on board on the Health Systems Advocacy Partnership project by organizing a two days orientation retreat. The retreat with the theme: The role of the Media in Strengthening Africa’s Health System bro ught together health reporters from 14 media houses including former editors which ran from 24th to 25th November 2016 at City Royal Resort Hotel in Bugolobi.
The health systems advocacy partnership is a project whose goal is to enable communities to realize their right to the highest attainable Sexual and Reproductive health. The project aims to contribute to achieving Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) by creating spaceProf. Francis Omaswa ACHEST ED speaking at the media orientation retreatProf. Francis Omaswa ACHEST ED speaking at the media orientation retreat for a strong civil society to engage effectively with governments, the private sector and other stakeholders accountable for health systems, to deliver equitable, accessible and high-quality SRHR services.

ACHEST held the 3rd African Health System Governance Network in Kampala

on Wednesday, 18 January 2017.

The African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation held its 3rd African Health Systems Governance Network (ASHGOVNET) from the 28th to 30th November 2016 with theme: “Fostering Capacity for Health Governance and Leadership with a focus on Health Workforce Development for Universal Health Coverage” at imperial Royale in Kampala.

Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, the Prime Minister of Uganda who was the guest speaker at the opening ceremony noted that strengthening of health systems is a priority in global and national health policy and practice. In Africa for example, the major burden of disease remains attributable to preventable, communicable diseases ranging from endemic diseases such as malaria to emerging and re-emerging infections such as HIV/AIDS, multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, pandemics from haemorrhagic fevers, diarrhoeal diseases, and what is described as neglected tropical diseases.

ACHEST attended the 4th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

on Wednesday, 18 January 2017.

African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST) was represented at the 4th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research with the theme: Resilient and Responsive Health Systems for a Changing World by Dr. Peter Eriki, Director Health Systems and Dr. Vincent Ojoome, Head of Monitoring and Evaluation. The symposium ran from the 14th -18th of November 2016 in Vancouver Canada.

Health Systems Global organizes a symposium every two years to bring together its members with the full range of players involved in health systems and policy research and the 4th symposium participants included researchers, policy-makers, funders, implementers, civil society and other stakeholders from relevant national and regional associations and professional organizations from India, China, Africa, Europe, Japan among other places to stimulate research in countries so as to develop solutions that can stand a taste of time in the hard days.

ACHESTs executive director attended the Universal Health Coverage UHC2030 meeting in Geneva.

on Friday, 06 January 2017.

Prof. Francis Omaswa, the Executive Director of African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST) attended the Universal Health Coverage (UHC 2030) meeting with the theme - Working Together to Strengthen Health Systems from 12-13 December2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. The objective of the meeting was to foster productive exchange between various health systems partnerships, actors and agencies aimed at building awareness of UHC2030 and explore how to improve collaboration.

UCH2030 initiative builds on the IHP+ initiative and the aim of transforming the IHP+ mandate to UHC initiative is to provide a platform for accelerated, coordinated and sustainable progress towards a universal health coverage in which all partners share the vision of equitable and quality health care that does not cause financial hardships.

Participants that attended the meeting included members of health systems related initiatives inProf. Francis Omaswa (in the middle) speaking to some of the participants during the meeting in Geneva.Prof. Francis Omaswa (in the middle) speaking to some of the participants during the meeting in Geneva. the following health areas: financing and protection, governance, workforce, data, integrated people centred health services, medicines, policy and systems research, and learning and knowledge sharing. Representatives from a range of governments, international development agencies, academia and civil society organizations took part in what turned out to be an energizing and exciting event.

Prof. Francis Omaswa made a presentation in one of the parallel sessions on Human Resources for Health and highlighted the following issues: 1. The global HRH situation will get more complex in the future and requires strong institutions for coordination and joint learning. 2. The Board of the African Platform for HRH met and will convene a members Forum in April 2017.
Dr. Jeanette Vega, the Director of National Chilean Public Health Insurance Agency (FONASA) while giving a keynote address noted that UHC has gained tremendous global momentum in the last few years. Achieving UHC means that all people in the world can access the quality health services they need without suffering financial hardship. Agreeing on the adequate way to fund health systems to maximize financial coverage for health is an imperative.

Dr. Vega urged governments to avoid fragmentation derived from creating separate pools and health coverage schemes for rich and poor populations.
Resilient and inclusive health systems are also increasingly recognized as a first line of defense against emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.
The meeting unanimously agreed that it is time for transformation change in the way health systems issues are transacted within countries.

Health experts and Academia meet to discuss implementation of SDGs

on Tuesday, 01 November 2016.

African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation together (ACHEST) with International Development Research Centre (IDRC) convened a two days Regional Consultation of health Think Tanks and academia on the fast tracking the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and public policy for better health outcomes in Eastern and Southern Africa.
The consultation meeting that ran from 13th to 14th October 2016 at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala brought together high-level delegates in the category of health experts, heads of policy research institutions, academia and media from the eight countries including: Canada, Ghana, Zambia, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

Prof. Francis Omaswa presents Key note Adress at the TICAD VI Commemoration Symposium in Tokyo, Japan 8th September, 2016.

on Monday, 26 September 2016.

Prof. Francis Omaswa, the Executive Director of African Centre for Global Health and SocialProf. Francis Omaswa, Executive Director ACHEST speaking at the TICAD VI Commemoration Symposium and seated on the left is Dr. Ikou Tazikawe, Deputy Director General JAICA Prof. Francis Omaswa, Executive Director ACHEST speaking at the TICAD VI Commemoration Symposium and seated on the left is Dr. Ikou Tazikawe, Deputy Director General JAICA Transformation (ACHEST) made a keynote presentation at the Network for Human Resources for Health in Francophone Africa, TICAD VI Commemoration Symposium on Approaches for Solving HRH Challenges in Pursuit of UHC and The Roles of Regional Networks in the Global Health Trends on the 8th of September 2016 in Tokyo, Japan.

The objective of the high level symposium was to; share the activities and achievements of
Regional Network known as Reseou Vision Tokyo (RVT) that was created in 2012; b) to exchange opinions with specialists of various backgrounds about the common challenges that Francophone African countries confront in HRH; and c) to discuss effective roles of regional networks such as RVT and possible measures for relevant stakeholders to engage in HRH related activities sustainably and effectively.

Prof Francis Omaswa, while making his Keynote Speech titled: Challenges and Opportunities in Human Resources for Health in Africa cited that; “Africa is 11% of the world’s population, BUT half of the world’s burden of maternal and child deaths, 85% of Malaria cases, 67% of AIDS cases and 26% of underweight children are in Africa. Due to an increasing epidemic of non-communicable diseases, Africa is faced with a double burden of diseases, has the highest disease burden, yet the lowest level of financing for health.”

 

ACHEST participated in the Zambian Theory of Change workshop

on Friday, 23 September 2016.

Robert Odedo, Chief Operations Officer and Dr. Vincent Ojoome the Director, Monitoring and Evaluation at African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST) participated in the regional level Health Systems Advocacy Partnership Theory of Change exercise in Lusaka, Zambia from the 30th August-1st September 2016.

The meeting that was convened by the Medical Transparence Alliance (MeTA) and facilitated by the PAMOJA consultant brought together members of the regional team that consists of three partner organizations that include; African Center for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST), Amref and Health Action international (HAI)/Coalition for Health Promotion and Social Development (HEPS).

“ACHEST’s expected outputs at the regional level is to lobby for a sustainable platform meant for advancing the Health Systems Advocacy agenda (HSA) at the African Union level for advancing evidence and space for dialogue which should live beyond the Health Systems Advocacy Partnership project.” Robert Odedo noted.
This project focuses on Human Resources for Health (HRH) and Sexual and Reproductive Health commodities and devices to review and ensure implementation of policies. The 5 year partnership project seeks to; build partnerships at the region and internationally, strengthen the health system through lobby and advocacy at the regional level on Human Resources for Health and Commodities on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights.
The different partners were assigned different roles. ACHEST was assigned to manage the procurement of a consultant to carry out the baseline survey while Amref Africa was assigned to come up with the Terms of Reference for the regional team comprising two members from the three partner organizations.

ACHEST at the Theory of Change Baseline workshop in Kenya

on Friday, 23 September 2016.

African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST) was represented by Dr. Patrick Kadama, Director Policy and Practice, Dr. Vincent Ojoome, Director Monitoring and Evaluation, Dr. Peter Eriki, Director Health Systems and Robert Odedo, the Chief Operations Officer at a Theory of Change workshop from 8th -15th August 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The workshop that was convened by Amref Flying Doctors coordinating office in Netherlands was facilitated by the PAMOJA consultants and had the seven context areas including: Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, the African region, the European Union region, Netherlands and the Global context in attendance.

The objectives of this workshop were: To understand the baseline plan and how it is structured; gain familiarity and confidence in using the baseline plan including validating indicators; increasing knowledge and skills in using specific data collection and analysis tools relevant for the completion of the baseline and review the work plan for completing the baseline and drafting the baseline reports.

At the end of the workshop the objectives of the workshop had been achieved and the different partners had gained more understanding of the baseline objectives, indicators and the tools to be used.

ACHEST CONVENED A MULTI-STAKEHOLDER HEALTH WORKFORCE MIGRATION SYMPOSIUM

on Friday, 26 August 2016.

Workforce Migration Symposium organized by ACHEST in KampalaWorkforce Migration Symposium organized by ACHEST in KampalaAfrican Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST) convened a high level Multi-stakeholder Health Workforce Migration Symposium at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala. The symposium that took place on the 16th August 2016 was premised on the theme: The Health Workforce Migration Crisis in Uganda; Understanding the Issues and Finding Solutions.

The State Minister for Primary Healthcare – Dr. Joyce Moriku while giving a speech during the symposium noted with much gratitude the progress through this project that has enabled the country for the first time to comply as a WHO member State, with timely reporting on the WHO Code of Practice this year, in March 2016. “The Ministry is available to provide ACHEST with any further information that may be required to take this work forward.” Dr. Moriku promised.

Ibadat Dhillon, WHO/ GHWA representative and the project lead in Geneva while presenting a comprehensive position paper on the Health Workforce Migration: A Global Perspective elicited on the WHO Global Code of Practice and gave an elaborate statistics on the migration of the health workforce from and to the different selected countries. He noted that, the number of migrant doctors and nurses working in OECD countries has increased by 60% over the past 10 years (from 1,130,068 to 1,807,948). “Investing in new health workforce employment opportunities may add broader socio-economic value to the economy and contribute to the implementation for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” Dhillon advised.

The 6th MEPI/NEPI Symposium gives birth to the African Forum for Research and Education in Health, AFREhealth.

on Wednesday, 17 August 2016.

The African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation, the former Coordinating Centre for Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) together with the Nurses Education Partnership Initiative (NEPI) and University of Nairobi organized the 6th MEPI/NEPI Annual Symposium with the theme: Tackling Africa’s Health Challenges: Promoting Health Professions Education, Practice, Research and Retention of Health Workers.
The three days symposium ran from 2nd -4th August 2016 at Laico Regency Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. It brought together Professors, Doctors, Ministers of Health and Education, Academia, Media, Social Scientists, Students, among others from Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Ghana, Nigeria, Canada, UK and USA.
ACHESTs, Prof. Francis Omaswa, Dr. Patrick Kadama and Dr. Peter Eriki at the Symposium in NairobiACHESTs, Prof. Francis Omaswa, Dr. Patrick Kadama and Dr. Peter Eriki at the Symposium in NairobiDuring the 6th Annual Symposium, African Forum for Research and Education in Health AFREhealth was launched as a sustainability measure and way forward for MEPI/NEPI. AfreHealth is an initiative that will be led and managed by the Africans in collaboration with partner organizations to promote research and education updates in member institutions. Training and capacity building of health professionals in research and teaching methods will constitute a core activity that will not only improve the caliber of health professionals on the continent, but will also facilitate access to grants in support of research which is critically needed in our search for new and innovative ways to treat the high disease burden.