COVID-19 and SCD: Prof. Jean Bisimwa Nachega

Title: Capacity Strengthening for the Health Workforce in LMICs: an AFREhealth - CUGH partnership

Capacity strengthening is the process of developing and strengthening the skills, instincts, abilities, processes and resources that organizations and communities need to survive, adapt, and thrive in a fast-changing world. The UN links this definition to Sustainable Development Goal 17: Revitalizing the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development. Capacity-building should be transformational and sustained over time. Capacity building aims to empower people and/or institutions to maintain and sustain key skills.

The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Capacity Strengthening Database (CBD) ( is a free platform that catalogues healthcare workforce training capacity gaps and expertise among institutions globally to foster meaningful partnerships that advance research and clinical practice globally. this site was created to serve three primary functions: enable universities, institutions, governments and other development actors (especially in LMICs) to access the trainers they need to strengthen their own training capabilities across biomedical and non-biomedical disciplines; provide a platform where institutions with trainers can identify institutions that may need their assistance; and strengthen the translation of science into policies that are scaled up.

The purpose of this webinar is to share how to develop meaningful capacity strengthening avenues, introduce the CUGH Capacity Strengthening platform to the AFREhealth community and field questions from the audience on how AFREhealth members, governments and other African development organizations can use this platform to strengthen their training programs and expand their skilled workforce.

Topic: The Economics of Task-shifting in Surgery

Introduction: An inguinal hernia is where tissue pushes through a weak area in the abdominal wall and inguinal hernia repair is one of the most common surgeries performed worldwide. Untreated inguinal hernias represent a significant burden to patients and society. Currently, demand outstrips supply of inguinal hernia repair in Ghana. Training enough surgeons to repair all of these hernias will take decades, during which time many patients will suffer poor health or die. A potential solution to address the excess demand for inguinal hernia repair requires upscaling of surgically trained non-surgeon physicians in district hospitals. Training additional non-surgeon physicians to undertake simple inguinal hernia repair necessitates an economic rationale for investment of scarce resources. Economic analysis has an important role in limited resource settings and can be used to explore the extent to which task-shifting has the desired impact, if any, on helping to meet the unmet surgical need in these settings.

The webinar will provide an Overview of the Health Economics aspects of task-shifting in surgery and will include a case study modelling the impact of training additional non-surgeon physicians in Ghanian district hospitals to use mesh for simple hernia repair on costs and outcomes.
The webinar is the second in a series of Health Economics related webinars.

The webinar is the second in a series of Health Economics related webinars.

Date: Wednesday 24th May 2023
Duration: 1 hour
Moderator: Mr. Ireneous Dasoberi, Member, AFREhealth Health Economics TWG
Speaker: Mr Mark Monahan, Lecturer in Health Economics, Health Economics Unit, University of Birmingham (45 minutes)


Small Grant Information Webinar

AFREhealth Small Grant 2023 (Cohort II)
Date: March 13

Title: Competency-based education in Africa: Understanding the basic principles

Join us for AFREhealth Webinar hosted by the Competence Based Education Technical Working Group

For the training of health workers, competence entails the habitual and judicious use of communication, knowledge, technical skills, clinical reasoning, emotions, values, and
reflection in daily practice for the benefit of the individual and the community being served. This has become the bedrock of the training of health workers and is reflected in
the shift in training paradigm from traditional methods. This webinar will discuss the basic principles of Competency-based education from the global and African perspectives.

Date: Wednesday 8 March 2023

Title: Climate Change and Health

The effects of climate change on health are well established. It is predicted that between 2030 and 2050, climate change will cause over 250,000 deaths yearly, due to hunger and malnutrition, malaria, and other infectious diseases. These effects on human health, environment, economies, and social structures can potentially affect the attainment of
Sustainable Development Goals in sub-Saharan African countries. This places Africa in the front seat of the climate change devastating consequences on health and development, due to loss and damage related to climate change. The issue demands robust research and intensified education based on rich and informed policies.
The webinar will explore climate change and health linkages to education and research for sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Wednesday 8 February 2023
Duration: 1 Hour

Title: Research ethics and its role in ensuring highest attainable standard of health in Africa

Join us for the AFREhealth webinar hosted by the Southern Africa Regional Chapter

Health research is an essential element of the struggle to achieve the right to the ‘highest attainable standard of health as it facilitates the development of new treatments and programmes. To protect both research participants and communities, research must be ethical. This webinar looks at research ethics' role in achieving the right to the highest attainable standard of health in Africa.

The webinar will discuss:
• The relationship between ethics, law, and human rights
• The reasons for imposing ethical obligations on researchers
• Guidance on how to navigate the ethical review system
• How health rights activists can participate as active members of research ethics committees.

Date: Thursday 8th December 2022

Topic: “Ongoing Ebola Outbreak in Uganda: What You Need to Know”

Join us for the AFREhealth Webinar Series

Topic: “Ongoing Ebola Outbreak in Uganda: What You Need to Know”
Date: Friday, 25th November 2022

Unit 1 STRIPE Facilitation For Learning Course

Date: 20th October 2022

Orientation STRIPE Facilitation For Learning Course

Organized by SUNSTRIPE and AFREhealth

Date: 13th October 2022

Speakers: Ian Couper, Julia Blitz , Kanita Brits, Jacqui Couper, Talitha Crowley , Marietjie de Villers

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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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