on Tuesday, 23 September 2014.

As the leadership of the World Medical Association and the African Platform on Human Resources for Health, we wish to convey to all our comrades - the valiant Health Workers - in the countries affected by the current Ebola outbreak namely: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

 We are deeply saddened to learn of the regrettable attacks and killings of Health Workers in some of the countries. In the middle of all the challenges that you face as front line health workers, we urge you to remain steadfast in your noble call to save the lives of your fellow citizens. The untoward actions against health professional in some of the countries are largely due to lack of proper knowledge and correct information among our people.

WHO, ACHEST in bid to reduce maternal and childhood mortality in Uganda

on Monday, 22 September 2014.

Prof. Omaswa handing over the sh23m cheque to OdweProf. Omaswa handing over the sh23m cheque to OdweIn order to contribute to the reduction of  maternal and childhood mortality in Uganda, the partnership on maternal newborn child health (MNCH) based in the World Health Organization has made funding worth Ugsh23m available to civil society organizations through ACHEST. The money is intended to support member CSOs as they advocate more budget allocations towards reduction of maternal and newborn deaths in the country.

The ACHEST executive director, Prof. Francis Omaswa handed over the sh23m cheque to Denis Odwe the coalition representative.
 Handing over the cheque, Prof. Omaswa, cautioned against mismanagement of the funds. He said: “Africans have a high family dependency burden so we are tempted to divert such funds for personal needs. Be careful because this often leads to non-performance.”

ACHEST leads fourth MEPI symposium

on Thursday, 21 August 2014.

Participants in one of the plenariesParticipants in one of the plenariesThe African Center for Global Health and Social Transformation, (ACHEST) successfully led the just-concluded Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) symposium. The symposium, under the theme: “Optimizing Impact in MEPI by Catalyzing Change and Building Sustainability” took place from August 5-7, 2014 in Maputo, Mozambique.

ACHEST, which is the African co-ordinating center for the USG-funded program oversaw the organization of the meeting that had over 200 participants converge at the Joaquim Chissano conference center.

The participants, most of whom were doctors from the 13 MEPI universities, discussed the impact of MEPI on students and faculty, shared experiences and sought innovative methods to improve health care across the continent.

Medical schools short of dead bodies - Achest Director

on Thursday, 26 June 2014.

Dead bodies, known as cadavers in medical literature, are used by students to study the anatomy of a human body.

Gulu University vice-chancellor Prof. Nyeko Pen-Mogi said the cadavers are treated and kept for purposes of training of first-year and second-year students of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Dentistry and Nursing in anatomy.

According to Nyeko and veteran medical trainer Prof. Francis Omaswa, a body should ideally be shared by four students but medical schools are currently struggling to find cadavers.

ACHEST to research on China-Africa health cooperation

on Tuesday, 17 June 2014.

Prof. Omaswa, the ACHEST director receiving a gift from Yang Hongwei, the CNHDRC the Acting Director GeneralProf. Omaswa, the ACHEST director receiving a gift from Yang Hongwei, the CNHDRC the Acting Director General

Prof. Omaswa, the ACHEST director receiving a gift from Yang Hongwei, the CNHDRC the Acting Director GeneralThe African Center for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST), will be conducting research on South-South Cooperation in Health.

The research is part of the China-UK Global Health Support Programme, which aims to deepen global health development cooperation between China and Africa. This will contribute to improving the quality of health care with China’s increasing participation in global health.

The research project was launched during a two-day visit to China by ACHEST leadership from April 22-23, 2014. This was at the invitation of China-UK Global Health Support Program. ACHEST was represented by a four-member delegation that included Prof. Francis Omaswa, Dr. Patrick Kadama, Dr. Peter Eriki and Solome Mukwaya.


Health Ministers' handbook launched

on Thursday, 22 May 2014.

Prof. Francis Omaswa center during the launch of the ministers handbook-GenevaProf. Francis Omaswa center during the launch of the ministers handbook-GenevaThat a healthy nation is a wealthy nation is not up for debate any more. That is why there are many well-intentioned programs aimed at improving health and access to health services the world over.

However, as recipients of health services such as mothers, children and the elderly as well services providers like the doctors and nurses are always at the fore-front of many campaigns, the people who govern and manage the country’s health systems - the ministers - are usually forgotten.
But on May 22, 2014 the ministers of health were the focus. A book titled, “Handbook for Health Ministers” was launched in Geneva, Switzerland by Dr. Pinkie Rosemary Manamolela, the Lesotho kingdom health minister.