ACHEST at the 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva;

on Monday, 13 June 2016.

The ACHEST Executive Director, Prof. Francis Omaswa together with the Director HealthProf. Francis Omaswa, ACHEST Executive Director making a presentation at the Global World Health Assembly in Geneva Prof. Francis Omaswa, ACHEST Executive Director making a presentation at the Global World Health Assembly in Geneva Policy and Strategy, Dr. Patrick Kadama represented ACHEST at the recently concluded 69th World Health Assembly (WHA) held in Geneva in Switzerland from 23rd to 28th May 2016.

ACHEST Executive Director was one of the speakers at the celebrations to mark 10 years of the Global Health Work Force Alliance (GHWA) of which he was founding Executive Director on 26th May 2016.

While making a presentation at the WHA, He noted that, “In Africa, much as the HWF densities have not changed in 10 years partly due to rapid population growth, a lot is happening and there has been concrete progress where we now have an African HWF Roadmap adopted by Health Ministers and Heads of State, thirty countries have HWF plans, there are exciting Education Initiatives such as NEPI and MEPI that are now being shared widely in the region and the new leadership at WHO Afro Region is repositioning WHO to be a stronger partner and to the African Platform on HRH, AUC and other key players in the region.

Professor Omaswa also pointed out some challenges and cautioned that; the push for Community Health Workers should not be communicated as if they are the whole solution to HWF crisis in Africa.

CHWs need support from the population as well as from higher professional cadres and those who support African work should focus more on building indigenous institutional capacity. He also called for unity and cohesion among the actors in HWF at global, regional and country level urging better use and strengthening of country and regional mechanisms that already exist.

Migration of health workers worries commissioner

on Thursday, 26 May 2016.

Cross River commissioner for health, Dr. Inyang Asibong, has identified the migration of the health workforce as a complex and multifaceted issue created by source countries due to poor management, insufficient remuneration, low motivation and uneven performance of health workers.

She made the assertion during the second stakeholders meeting on project “Brain Drain to Brain Gain” organised by African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation, held at Dannic Hotel, Calabar recently.Asibong, represented by the director of administration in the ministry, Elder Egwu U. Omini, said the issue of international health workforce migration has increasingly become a key focus of attention in the global health agenda as a result of its negative consequences on the performance of already strained health systems in source countries.

Participants at the just concluded stakeholders meeting on “Brain Drain to Brain Gain” organised by the African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation held in Calabar recently.Participants at the just concluded stakeholders meeting on “Brain Drain to Brain Gain” organised by the African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation held in Calabar recently. 

 

ACHEST Commissions study on "From Brain Drain to Brain Gain" in Nigeria

on Thursday, 19 November 2015.

ACHEST has received a grant from WHO Geneva funded by EU and Norway to monitor the implementation of the WHO code on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel in Nigeria and Uganda. As part of the ongoing studies on health worker migration, ACHEST team visited Nigeria 16th to 22nd August 2015 to commission the study in Nigeria.

Dr. Peter Eriki, ACHEST Deputy Executive Director and Robert Odedo, Chief of Operations participated in initial stakeholder mapping engagements, identification of HRH migration data sources, engagement of resource persons and acquisition of HRH data at national and state levels.                                 

  ACHEST team with the Nigerian group during the commissioning of the Study in NigeriaACHEST team with the Nigerian group during the commissioning of the Study in Nigeria

Contract Signing of USAID/CARDNO Medical Councils

on Tuesday, 17 November 2015.

ACHEST has signed a contract to implement a project that will provide technical assistance to three Medical Councils in Uganda over a period of one year. The beneficiaries are: Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners’ Council; Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council; Uganda Allied Health Professionals Council.  The project is funded by USAID through the US firm CARDNO under the Uganda Private Health Support Program. 

Right to Left  Dr.Patrick Kadama signs the Contract and looking on are Joseph Ogwapit and Dr.Peter ErikiRight to Left Dr.Patrick Kadama signs the Contract and looking on are Joseph Ogwapit and Dr.Peter Eriki            

Technical support to provided will include; update and revision Council regulations, Streamlining, consolidation and digitising facility licensing, Strengthening Council’s systems and capacity to implement Continuous Professional Development (CPD) credit and Provision of technical assistance to individual Councils as needed for specific projects designed to strengthen their capacity to oversee the private health sector. The contract was signed by Dr. Dithan Kiragga for USAID/UPHSP and Dr. Patrick Kadama on behalf of ACHEST on Friday 13th November 2015.

ACHEST Executive Director participates in the first ever meeting of Global Health policy Think Tanks in Geneva.

on Tuesday, 17 November 2015.

The SDGs and the Game Change in Global Health

Panel discussion: 12 – 13 November, 2015. Graduate Institute Geneva.

Left to Right Sakiko Fukuda-Parr Margaret Chan Francis Omaswa and Pascal StruplerLeft to Right Sakiko Fukuda-Parr Margaret Chan Francis Omaswa and Pascal Strupler

 The Global Health Program at the Graduate Institute hosted for the first time ever leaders from think tanks and academic institutions from around the world to discuss how the transformational approach to global development aimed for by the SDGs can be put into practice for global health and greater health equity.

 

 

The Global Health Program at the Graduate Institute hosted for the first time ever leaders from think tanks and academic institutions from around the world to discuss how the transformational approach to global development aimed for by the SDGs can be put into practice for global health and greater health equity.

This timely meeting, following the recent adoption of the SDGs, will explore the special contribution global health policy-focused think tanks and academic institutions can make in proposing policies that could affect change and in being critical partners who question approaches and address issues of transparency and accountability. Special focus will be put on health and trade, global health security, and global health governance. In this way, the meeting will contextualize the SDGs and begin translating them into action by framing the debate with a global health focus.

Health Systems Advocacy for Africa Alliance signs Partnership Agreement with Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

on Friday, 13 November 2015.

A partnership agreement aimed at strengthening the capacity of local organizations to advocate and influence the sexual and reproductive health and rights of marginalized groups, such as women and children was on November 12, 2015 signed between Health Systems Advocacy for Africa Alliance and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Members sign the Partnership AgreementMembers sign the Partnership Agreement

The Health Systems Advocacy for Africa Alliance, consisting of Amref Health Africa, the African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST), Health Action International (HAI) and Wemos.

The partnership comes at a time when maternal morbidity and mortality continues to be the cause of unacceptable disability and death. Despite the fact that maternal mortality is high on the international agenda, the goal to reduce maternal mortality by 75%, is still far from being reached.

 

ACHEST elected to the “Commission on Creating Global Health Risk Framework for the Future”.

on Tuesday, 08 September 2015.

The international, independent and multi-stakeholder expert commission scheduled to conduct a study and prepare a report to recommend an effective global architecture for recognizing and mitigating the threat of epidemic infectious diseases held its initial public and closed meetings on July 28 - 29, in Washington, D.C.

The Commission consists of 16 global health leaders with wide experience in public health, financing, research and human resources for health. meeting included sessions on the background for and the charge to the Commission; the landscape of related global initiatives; key challenges and lessons learned for preparedness and response to globally significant infectious disease outbreaks; and the role of government, communities, and the private sector in responding to outbreaks of global significance.

The Commission is now compiling evidence for its report from four workshops which were held in August and September in different parts of the world. Beyond capturing lessons learned from the recent Ebola and other global outbreaks, workshop topic areas included Governance for Global Health, Financing to Contain Pandemic Threats, Resilient Health Systems, and Research and Development of Medical Products.

ACHEST Executive Director, Francis Omaswa, is the Co-chair of the Resilient Health Systems which met in Accra, Ghana, 5 – 7 August, 2015. Thie workshop was also addressed by the Director General of Health Services in Uganda Dr Jane Ruth Aceng. DrAceng made a highly appreciated presentation on Uganda’s strong experience in successfully controlling multiple outbreaks of Ebola over many years.

Over the past 15 years, outbreaks of Ebola, Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and H1N1 have demonstrated the lack of an adequate local and global health system infrastructure to prevent or mitigate the systemic burdens that result from infectious disease incidents of international significance.

The U.S. National Academy of Medicine (NAM) is providing organizational and management functions to the commission. The NAM and National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s will also provide expertise and project management, including for the workshops and their summaries. The final report with the consensus conclusions and recommendations will be a product of the independent Commission and not of NAM or the Academies.

ACHEST Consults Ministry of Health On Health Worker Migration Initiative.

on Tuesday, 08 September 2015.

As part of the consultative process in preparation for the inception of the Brain Drain to Brain Gain Project Uganda Chapter, ACHEST held a consultative meeting with the Minister of Health, Hon. Elioda Tumwesigye on 26 June 2015.
ACHEST team, led by the Executive Director Prof. Francis Omaswa, called on the Minister of Health to brief him about the project on Health Worker Migration and to elicit official support of and involvement in the project by the Ministry of Health.
Hon. Tumwesigye lauded WHO for initiating the project and recommended that the investigations on Health Worker Migration should include cadres who had registered interest in travelling to Trinidad and Tobago before the move was put on hold pending resolution of the matters arising there from. Such cadres he said includes specialists, midwives and public health nurses.
The Minister emphasized the need to understand their expectations including remuneration and general conditions of service; establish push and pull factors in the migration of health workers.
The meeting was also attended by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary Dr. A. Lukwago.

ACHEST Meets Health Professional Councils on brain drain to brain gain project

on Tuesday, 08 September 2015.

ACHEST was invited to attend and address the scheduled meeting of the Councils’ Heads which included the Allied Health Professions Council, the UMDPC; the Nurses and Midwives Council and Pharmacy Board on the “Brain Drain to Brain Gain” project supporting the WHO Code of practice on International recruitment of health workers, for better management of health worker migration.
The meeting discussed modalities and possibility of the councils being sources of relevant data required for the project.
As result of the meeting African Centre for Global Health (ACHEST) was given a go-ahead to work with the respective Councils on the consolidation of existing Health Workforce databases for purposes of reporting on the WHO Code on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel to which Uganda is a party
ACHEST team was led by Dr. Peter Eriki and accompanied by Dr. Vincent Ojoome, Mr Robert Odedo and Ms Geraldine Agiraembabazi.

BRAIN Drain to Brain Gain: Supporting the WHO Code on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel:

on Sunday, 12 July 2015.

ACHEST has received a grant from the WHO to undertake studies in Uganda and Nigeria on Health Worker Migration. This is part of a global study that will also be conducted in three other countries namely South Africa, India and the Republic of Ireland.

An Inception Workshop was convened in Uganda by the Ministry of Health, WHO and ACHEST on Monday 6th July 2015 in Kampala and attended by government ministries, academia, civil society and development partners and WHO representatives from Geneva and Kampala.

During this workshop and among other topics, a debate took place on the topic “This house believes that Ugandan Health Workers should not be allowed to leave the country”. The motion was defeated.

Commission on Creating a Global Health Risk Framework for the Future:

on Sunday, 12 July 2015.

ACHEST’s expertise in global health continues to be recognized as Prof. Francis Omaswa appointed to serve on a 15 member international, independent, multi-stakeholder expert commission that will conduct a study and prepare a report to recommend an effective global architecture for recognizing and mitigating the threat of epidemic infectious diseases.

The commission will receive input from four Institute of Medicine workshops that will be coordinated on: governance for global health, financing response to pandemic threats, resilient health systems (Francis Omaswa Co-chair), research and development of medical products.

The report of this Commission will be presented to the January 2016 WHO Executive Board and to the World Health Assembly in May 2016.

ACHEST Participates in the 68th World Health Assembly

on Sunday, 12 July 2015.

ACHEST Executive Director, Prof. Francis Omaswa represented ACHEST at the 68th WHA in Geneva where he contributed to the discussions on the WHO Code on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel.
 ACHEST also provided support to the Uganda and other African delegations on a number of agenda items such as Essential Surgical Care, Ebola, Integrated Health Systems for HRH and Adolescent and Reproductive Health.

The assembly, held in May 2015, also presented an opportunity to network and coordinate with stakeholders on HRH initiatives in Africa on behalf of the African Platform on HRH.

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ACHEST Director appointed to Co-chair Independent Advisory Group for WHO Afro.

on Sunday, 12 July 2015.

ACHEST executive director, Prof. Francis Omaswa, has been appointed to co-chair the Independent Advisory Group (IAG) that will provide policy and strategy advice to the Regional Director of the WHO African Region.

Prof. Omaswa was appointed by the new WHO African Region Director, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti. The IAG, consists of 16 renowned global health leaders representing all regions of the world and with diverse experience.

The IAG met for the first time in Johannesburg, South Africa, 4 – 5 May 2015 and provided advice on Dr. Moeti’s proposed ambitious and promising Transformation Agenda for the WHO African Region.

ACHEST executive director, Prof. Francis Omaswa, has been appointed to co-chair the Independent Advisory Group (IAG) that will provide policy and strategy advice to the Regional Director of the WHO African Region.

 

Prof. Omaswa was appointed by the new WHO African Region Director, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti. The IAG, consists of 16 renowned global health leaders representing all regions of the world and with diverse experience.

 

The IAG met for the first time in Johannesburg, South Africa, 4 – 5 May 2015 and provided advice on Dr. Moeti’s proposed ambitious and promising Transformation Agenda for the WHO African Region.

ACHEST undergoes systems strengthening

on Saturday, 14 March 2015.

 Patrick Kadama Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde Peter Eriki Ben Omollo Francis Omaswa Vincent Ojoome John Oguntomiladde and Cheryl NesbitPatrick Kadama Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde Peter Eriki Ben Omollo Francis Omaswa Vincent Ojoome John Oguntomiladde and Cheryl Nesbit

The good book in Proverbs 22:6 says, “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”
This speaks to setting a proper and solid foundation, not only for children but for anything, even an organization, which intends to be around for the long haul and impact people and society.

Since ACHEST’s mission is to ensure equitable health for Africa, its foundations have to be firm and constantly reinforced in order to match any changes and improve its competitiveness in the world.

In a bid to improve its performance and operations, ACHEST underwent a Health Resources and Systems Administration (HRSA)-led baseline assessment in 2013 called CIASS (Clinical Assessment of Systems Strengthening).

CIASS is a tool that is used to evaluate the strength of an organization’s financial, governance and administrative systems.
The purpose of this evaluation is to identify any loopholes and advise the organization on how to improve but also to point out the strong points and encourage the organization to become even stronger.

A team that comprised of HRSA’s John Oguntomiladde and Cheryl Nesbit as well as Ben Omollo an independent consultant, visited ACHEST for a 3-day post-2013 assessment.
Oguntomiladde, the team-lead said, “CIASS is not a grading system but an assessment. In the areas of financial management, governance and administration, ACHEST has improved and we can confidently say that your systems are functioning well.”

Prof. Francis Omaswa, the ACHEST CEO thanked HRSA and the team for this partnership that has resulted in strengthened systems. The assessment involved all ACHEST staff members.

ACHEST WELCOMES 2015

on Tuesday, 27 January 2015.

Prof Omaswa giving a speech at the new-year staff partyProf Omaswa giving a speech at the new-year staff party

Good food, games and a promise of a better 2015 were the highlights of the ACHEST (African Center for Global Health and Social Transformation) beginning of year party. The party was held at the company offices in Kololo on Friday January 16, 2015.

Prof. Francis Omaswa, the executive director, who likened ACHEST to a child, reminded all the staff members present that ACHEST has survived all major milestones and is now a healthy strong company that can do major exploits in bringing about equitable health for Ugandans and Africans.

“We survived the first 28 days, neo-natal mortality, our first birthday and all sorts of killer
Prof Francis Omaswa cutting the cake with Dr Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde left and Harriet Malinga rightProf Francis Omaswa cutting the cake with Dr Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde left and Harriet Malinga rightdiseases and we are now beyond our 5th birthday. So, in medical terms we are a healthy child.”

He congratulated staff members for the good work done in 2014 and mentioned some of the major achievements of the year such as: launching the book – African health leaders: Making Change and Claiming the future – at the UN General Assembly, UK House of Lords, Cape town and Kampala.

Prof. Omaswa also encouraged staff to strike a good balance between work and family adding, “People at home should not complain that you work too much or too little.” The party, which ended in the early hours of the evening, had all staff and support staff members in attendance.