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Nursing and Midwifery Leadership in the Global Health Context: Lessons from Africa

Satellite ID: SA26
Satellite Organizer: AFREHealth

Date: March 9th, 2021

Time: 8:00am-11:00am CT


Nursing and midwifery is at the heart of healthcare in Africa! Nurses and midwives provide direct patient care and are the vital link to the healthcare system in Africa. Nurses and midwives provide healthcare for the restoration, maintenance and promotion of healthy human beings. They provide this health care from before life to after death.

The 21st century that this year started it’s second decade, has been filled with rapid almost breakneck changes which have greatly impacted global health. Global health has thus been thrust into the limelight with nurses and midwives who form the bulk of the health workforce still not taking their rightful place at decision – making tables.

Nursing and midwifery leadership is critical in shaping the global health agenda. Africa MUST NOT be left behind!

This session will analyze the importance of nursing and midwifery leadership and how it contributes to global health. We will listen to nurses and midwives in Africa, hear what they are doing to improve global health and what lessons we can learn from this.

We expect to come away from this stimulating interview and subsequent discussions with the following:

1. A communique on Advanced Nursing Practice for Africa

2. Tangible nursing and midwifery collaborations between the global north and the global south

3. Identification of key global decision- making tables where nurses and midwives MUST lobby for inclusion

Nursing and midwifery leadership holds the key to transforming global health.

AFREhealth and CUGH: Implementing the goals of a collaborative partnership

Satellite ID: SA05
Satellite Organizer: AFREhealth

Date: Friday, March 5, 2021

Time: 8:00am - 11:00am CT


The year 2020 has been a year of unprecedented times. The ACWG planned a CUGH Satellite meeting but this could not happen as the CUGH 2020 conference was cancelled. Just like many other groups, this prevented us from implementing activities because of the global challenges and focus on COVID 19. Therefore there is a need to refocus and see what the three ACWG subcommittees plan to do going forward. The session will start with a brief overview of the structure and functions of the organizations of AFREhealth and CUGH. A plenary talk by a prominent African expert on Covid19 vaccination will be presented. The three subcommittees will break out into separate roundtable discussion groups to reflect on progress (e.g. what worked, what didn’t work) and to discuss how to more effectively implement their specific goals. Each subcommittee will develop a brief report back on their progress, as well as specific plans on how to continue to implement their goals over the coming year. Additional and modified goals for the coming year may also be discussed here. This will be followed by an open discussion with all participants to discuss the path forward for the ACWG.

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The African Forum for Research and Education in Health (AFREhealth) is an interprofessional health grouping that seeks to work all stakeholders interested in health profession education , research and service delivery to improve the quality of health care in Africa through research, education and capacity building. It is a conglomerate of individuals, institutions, associations and networks from all the geographic and linguistic regions of Africa namely Anglophone, Francophone, Lusophone and Arabophone. Read More...

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