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Africa Health journal

30 July, 2018

Dear HIFA Members

The latest issue of Africa Health is now out… and up on the website at www.africa-health.com

There is a wealth of interesting content… retention of staff in rural areas; scaling digital health interventions in Burkina; the current state of the African response to anti-microbial resistance; diagnosing STIs etc etc.

And at the very beginning there is also an announcement. After 40 years running the journal, I am passing ownership across to Francis Omaswa and his team at the African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST) in Kampala. Effective date is from August 1st.

Herewith the joint statement from Francis and myself:

It is with great pleasure that we announce a change of ownership of Africa Health journal. From 1 August 2018 ownership will pass from FSG to the African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST) headquartered in Kampala, Uganda. Its Executive Director is Francis Omaswa.

‘It feels that the time is right to step back,’ says Bryan Pearson, who with this issue completes 40 years with the title since joining shortly before launch in 1978. ‘And the fit with Francis Omawa’s ACHEST team is just perfect. Here’s to the next 40 years!’

Francis is of course no stranger to the journal. He’s been a regular columnist for the last decade, leading the coverage on Africa’s position within the MDG and SDG programmes and multilateral engagement.

‘ACHEST is a pan-African organisation’ comments Francis, ‘and taking on Africa Health is a very logical means of developing the debate and discussion that we are involved in encouraging in the quest for better and more participatory health care.’

‘AHJ will remain a review journal’ he continues ‘that addresses the knowledge needs of policy makers, practitioners and academia, especially for those who work in the frontline with limited access and opportunity to read original research publications. It will translate research and evidence into practical and easy to implement messages linked to real life African field situations.

‘AHJ will continue to be widely circulated with special focus on hard-to-reach locations. There will be emphasis on communicating solutions that address Africa’s unique bottlenecks to the achievement of population health goals enshrined in the SDGs.

‘And finally, we will promote the message of Health for All through the active participation of the people themselves using the available resources and technology in a manner that leaves no one behind.’

Bryan will remain involved with the publication, particularly while the transition to the Kampala Secretariat takes place and the ACHEST team get to grips with the publishing schedule. ‘The future for Africa Health is bright’ he comments ‘and Francis and his team will no doubt make it even brighter. It has been a privilege to be involved in the sector for so long, but it is time to step back from the front line and do a few other things while one still has the strength!’

Bryan Pearson

Managing Director

FSG Africa Ltd

Vine House, Fair Green, Reach, Cambridge CB25 0JD, UK

Tel: +44 1638 743633.

Fax: +44 1638 743998.

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HIFA profile: Bryan Pearson is the publisher of Africa Health Journal, a Continuing Medical Education resource for senior health professionals in Africa. Widely available in printed form, it is also available on an open access basis via the web site www.africa-health.com, and also as a free app. He is based near Cambridge, UK. bryan AT fsg.co.uk