Prof. James Hakim was an outstanding African researcher who dedicated his life to clinical research, scientific research and social justice. Most notably, he was a transformative leader, who led with humility and vision. This course honors his legacy and seeks to ensure that future African health professions leaders are equipped with those leadership traits that Prof Hakim embodied.

The course is designed to provide participants with instruction, training and mentorship to effectively manage change, people and themselves, as well as how to carry out effective and efficient team/project management. Participants will learn how to use leadership to promote organizational development, work effectively across cultures and cadres, and develop their networking skills. These competencies will be engaged through active and reflective learning.

Objectives of the program:

To develop leadership skills of mid-career faculty in health professions education training schools across SSA.

  • Strengthen the skills of mid-career faculty to address challenges that affect health professions training in their institutions.
  • To create a critical mass of transformative academic leaders and change agents that will improve the health professions training, service delivery, health policy dissemination and implementation.
  • Enhance health professions training through inter-professional education and collaborative practice, health policy dissemination and implementation.

Overall, the initiative will support the creation of a growing cohort of change agents with key leadership competencies to move health professions education in SSA forward.


Early and mid-career faculty across SSA from AFREhealth health professions training institutions that will also reflect an inter-professional balance.

The targeted faculty will range from those faculty at the level of Lecturer and above as well as those identified persons that contribute to the leadership and training in the selected institutions. Participants will reflect an inter-professional mix of faculty from various health professions. (view participants profile here)


Starting mid-June 2021, AFREhealth is launching a leadership development training program for mid-career health professionals. This initiative will support the next generation of health professional leaders across sub-Saharan Africa to acquire skills to lead successful health programs and be decisive leaders, effective mentors, and dynamic communicators. The program will also promote inclusive approaches to leadership that prioritize interprofessional collaboration and diversity in health care leadership in Africa

Course Objectives

Prepare next generation leaders to lead high-quality programs with cultural awareness and humility, critical thinking, and diplomacy

Equip leaders with foundational competencies in project design, resource mobilization, conflict management, and mentorship


Participants will learn how to promote organizational development, work effectively across cultures and cadres, and network. Competencies will be acquired through active and reflective learning on six topics:

  • Understanding Your Leadership Style
  • Conflict Management
  • Change Management & Sustaining Change
  • Project Design & Management
  • How to Be a Better Mentor
  • Budgeting, Resource Mobilization & Partnership Development

Delivery methods and learning activities

The program will consist of a weekly seminar, biweekly workshops, independent work, and pre-session readings:

  • Interactive workshops with content experts
  • Individual leadership coaching with mentors
  • Small group discussions around the progress of the participant projects
  • Independent projects/ capstone proposal

This initiative is in honor and memory of Professor James Hakim With funding from Health Resources and Services Administration and support from University of California San Francisco (STRIPE Project)


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About us

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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