The African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST) sent a delegation of four people that included; Prof. Francis Omaswa, the Executive Director and three directors that included; Dr. Patrick Kadama, Dr. Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde, and Mr. Robert Odedo, to participate at the 2nd Annual African Forum for Research and Education in Health (AFREhealth) Symposium. The Symposium was held at Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa from August 06 - 08, 2018.
The African Forum for Research and Education in Health (AFREhealth) is an interdisciplinary health professional initiative, which seeks to improve health care in Africa through research, education and capacity building. AFREhealth is an initiative that was launched during the MEPI/NEPI (Medical/Nursing Education Partnership Initiative) symposium in Nairobi in August 2016. AFREhealth aims to drive transformation in medical education, policy and health professionalism that is relevant to Africa, by Africans for Africans.
The symposium with the theme: Towards Achieving Universal Health Coverage in Africa - Creating Synergies and Capacity through Education, Research and Quality Health Services brought together 350 people from 20 countries around the globe. University of KwaZulu-Natal Developing Research Innovation, Localization and Leadership in South Africa (UKZN DRILL) hosted the Symposium in collaboration with the African Forum for Research and Education in Health (AFREhealth).
The Sub-themes of the symposium included; 1) Training the Health Professions for Universal Health Coverage 2) Building Research Capacity in Africa 3) Achieving the SDGs and the 90-90-90 targets for HIV/AIDS 4) Financing health care in Africa and 5) North-South & South-South partnerships for health system development.
ACHEST convened a workshop on Migration of Health Worker force with specific interest on the Implementation of the Global Code on Migration of Health Workforce where Dr. Patrick Kadama, Mr Robert Odedo, Dr. Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde and Dr. Ibadat Dhillon made presentations on the Case Studies from Uganda and Nigeria chaired by Prof. Francis Omaswa.
The development partners including PEPFAR and HARSA communicated their decision to direct 70% of their grants to African indigenous NGOs; these will be organizations with roots and headquarters in African countries.