• ACHEST Executive Director Prof Francis Omaswa receiving the Third Hideyo Noguchi Medical Award from Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in August 2019ACHEST Executive Director Prof Francis Omaswa receiving the Third Hideyo Noguchi Medical Award from Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in August 2019
  • Dr Luis Gomes Sambo the former WHO Regional Director for Africa greets Prof. Odora Hoppers an expert in Indigenous Knowledge as Prof. Francis Omaswa looks onDr Luis Gomes Sambo the former WHO Regional Director for Africa greets Prof. Odora Hoppers an expert in Indigenous Knowledge as Prof. Francis Omaswa looks on
  • ACHEST10 A decade of Building Capacities and Synergies for African Health HAPPY BIRTHDAYACHEST10 A decade of Building Capacities and Synergies for African Health HAPPY BIRTHDAY
  • JICA Uganda team visiting ACHEST head office in KampalaJICA Uganda team visiting ACHEST head office in Kampala
  • Participants at the Lobby and Advocacy meeting in Entebbe 1Participants at the Lobby and Advocacy meeting in Entebbe 1
  • Vice President Edward Ssekandi posing with participants of the Special Consultation on Governance for Health in Africa in July 2019Vice President Edward Ssekandi posing with participants of the Special Consultation on Governance for Health in Africa in July 2019
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  • Dr Luis Gomes Sambo the former WHO Regional Director for Africa greets Prof. Odora Hoppers an expert in Indigenous Knowledge as Prof. Francis Omaswa looks on
  • ACHEST@10 A decade of Building Capacities and Synergies for African Health HAPPY BIRTHDAY
  • JICA Uganda team visiting ACHEST head office in Kampala
  • Participants at the Lobby and Advocacy meeting in Entebbe
  • Vice President Edward Ssekandi posing with participants of the Special Consultation on Governance for Health in Africa in July 2019

Welcome to ACHEST

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The African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST) is an initiative promoted by a network of African and international leaders in health and development. It is an independent Think Tank and a network.

There is now abundant evidence to show that past and current efforts at identifying and implementing solutions that are handed down from outside and are not rooted in the history and culture of Africa have faced some difficulties.

Ownership of these solutions by African countries and populations has repeatedly failed to take root and as the result such solutions have not achieved their full potential and, in some cases, they have done more harm than good.

At continental and country level, ACHEST aspires to strategically promote and advocate for the use of well grounded knowledge and evidence to strengthen professionals and build institutional capacity that will provide transformational leadership to African communities, countries and the world.

ACHEST applies constructive and targeted strategic communication at all levels to catalyze the needed behavior change that will result in stronger ownership and implementation capacity for proven interventions and better health for Africa's people.

To achieve this, ACHEST will forge strategic alliances and partnerships with individuals and organizations within Africa and around the world.

NEAPACOH-meeting-flyerNEAPACOH-meeting-flyerThe ACHEST’s Director of Policy and Strategy, Dr. Patrick Kadama gave a keynote address at the 13th meeting of the Network of African Parliamentary Committees of Health (NEAPACOH).
The annual meeting, which took place between 27 – 29 October 2021, was held under the theme “the role of parliamentarians in driving sustained programs for the achievement of International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) goals and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”
In his address, Dr. Kadama highlighted four important messages:
• Decolonize global Health governance
• Building capacities of African institutions
• Tailor African Health Workforce to population needs in Africa
• Strengthening South-South collaboration (A detailed opinion piece has been published in the Africa Health Journal, October 2021 Issue AH-2021-10-07-opinion.pdf (africa-health.com)
Dr. Kadama’s full address is also available on this link: (http://www.partners-popdev.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/KeyNote-Accelerating-the-achievement-of-the-unfinished-agenda-of-the-ICPD-goals-and-SDGs-during-and-post-COVID-19-Pandemic-through-South-South-Cooperation-Dr.-Kadama-ACHEST.pdf
The NEAPACOH meeting also discussed and shared progress and country experiences regarding the implementation of the 2019 NEAPACOH country commitments and the “2018 Kampala Call to Action” amidst the COVID 19 pandemic. A 2021 Kampala Call to Action was adopted. It commits amongst other actions, to adopting and strengthening South-South Cooperation to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, lessons learned, and good practices in the field of population and development and calls upon Governments, UN agencies and international organizations, donors, the private sectors, and other relevant stakeholders to commit more investments to accelerate the achievement of the unfinished agenda of the ICPD and SDGs on the continent.
(Find all resources from the NEAPACOH – 2021 meeting, on the PPD website: http://www.partners-popdev.org/aro-news-and-events/the-13th-network-of-african-parliamentary-committees-of-health-neapacoh-2021-meeting-28-29-october-2021/