LET’S ALL PREPARE FOR EBOLA

on Monday, 11 August 2014.

Dear Colleagues,

This discussion is a special edition responding to the current Ebola Hemorrhagic fever outbreak in West Africa.
I am writing from a hotel room in Maputo, Mozambique where I arrived yesterday to participate at the annual Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) symposium. The Ebola Hemorrhagic fever outbreak afflicting a number of West African countries has become a real African and global threat. Traveling to Maputo via Nairobi or Addis Ababa, the two major airline hubs that connect West and East Africa, I was warned to be careful and to avoid contact with crowds or to cancel air travel all
together.

AFRICA'S JOURNEY TOWARDS UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE

on Tuesday, 08 July 2014.

Dear Colleagues,

Here is our topic for July and August, 2014.

During the last week of June 2014, the government of Uganda convened a National Symposium on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) sponsored jointly with the East Central and Southern Africa Health Community Secretariat.
ACHEST provided Technical support to the two day event. This provided a platform to reflect on issues that African countries face on their way to achieving UHC, and internalize opportunities for achieving this key pillar of the post 2015 global development agenda. How can we simplify the message of UHC so that it is understood clearly, in the same way by all actors?

AFRICAN PREPARATIONS FOR THE WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY ARE IMPROVING

on Friday, 09 May 2014.

Here is our topic for May – June 2014.

This time last year we discussed African participation at the World Health Assembly (WHA) and how to improve the African contribution.
It is pleasing to report that last week, I took part in a meeting where the East Central and Southern Africa Health Community Secretariat (ECSA-HC) convened delegations from the governments in that region to a WHA preparatory meeting in Harare, Zimbabwe.

LET'S MAKE MORE USE OF AFRICAN INSTITUTIONS

on Monday, 31 March 2014.

Last month I

participated at 58th Health Ministers Conference (HMC) for East, Central and Southern Africa (ECSA) held at Arusha, Tanzania that brought together Health Ministers and Senior Executives from eleven countries. Present too were high level representatives from the African Union Commission, the WHO Afro, the West African Health Organization, UNAIDS and development partners. ACHEST conducted a one-day preconference workshop on Stewardship, Governance
and Leadership of Health Systems for Permanent Secretaries and HIV Directors
from these countries and presented the outcome to the Ministers which was very well received.
There were other preconference workshops on the World Bank funded Strengthening of Laboratory Services and on Health Professionals Education through professional colleges. The HMC witnessed the formal launch of the new College of Health Sciences for the ECSA Region that now consolidates into one umbrella institution four already existing colleges of Nursing, Surgery, Anesthesiology, and Pathology. Others are set to join in the near future namely Ophthalmology and Internal Medicine. I left this HMC feeling verygood. Why?

Governace and health outcomes

on Monday, 03 February 2014.

The New Year has dawned on Africa with political crises in South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. I traveled back home from the Recife, Brazil 3rd Global Forum on Human Resources for Health last November in the company of the Director for Human Resources for Health in the government of South Sudan and other colleagues and we had time to discuss the African situation during transit time between flights. I have been thinking of him and the possible impact on his work of the political crisis in his country. From my own experience in Uganda’s troubled past, war and civil strife result in conditions where people die more from the social impact of the strife than from bullets and bombs.