AfroPHC UHC Workshop 10th Dec 2020

30 November, 2020

Dear colleagues

As you probably know AfroPHC (https://afrophc.org/ <https://afrophc.org/>) is bringing together all frontline workers in PHC to advocate for PHC and UHC. The AfroPHC Workshop of 9-11th of September 2020 successfully brought together almost 400 PHC frontline activists. See the AfroPHC Statement circulated and on the AfroPHC website >NEWS. It represents the vision and principles we stand for. We are particularly interested in bringing in community voices - community healthcare workers and community leaders.

We will be having a virtual PHC in UHC Workshop, linked to UHC Day, 1-4 pm (Central African Time) 10th Dec 2020. The theme is "Taking PHC Workforce issues forward under UHC" The 3 hour workshop will consist of a plenary of 60 min and then group discussions for 60 min and feedback in the next 60min. You may also join the meeting earlier, 12-1 pm, for quick 20min cycles of networking in small groups of less than 10. You can indicate that when you register.

We are grateful to have the following panellists

Dr Jim Campbell, Director, Health Workforce Department at the World Health Organization

Dr Prosper Tumusiime, Retired Director, Departments of Health Systems and Services Development and Universal Health Coverage & Lifecycle, WHO Regional Office for Africa

Prof Joachim Osur, Technical Director, Amref Health Africa and Dean, School of Medical Sciences at Amref International University

After the moderated panel discussion we will break into groups discussions. You will deliberate on the following questions in the light of the AfroPHC Statement.

What are the priorities for AfroPHC going forward?

What are the priority PHC workforce issues in Africa?

How should we address these priority PHC workforce issues?

What working groups should we be creating in AfroPHC to generally take AfroPHC priorities forward?

We also want to explore setting up AfroPHC as a formal organisation. See the draft AfroPHC founding document on the webpage. We will discuss this briefly in the feedback session of the Workshop, so PLEASE look at it. We plan to launch AfroPHC in Feb-Mar 2021 after a membership drive .

Please register at https://afrophc.org/meetings/uhc-workshop/

We hope you will join us in building PHC under UHC in Africa. Please feel free to circulate this widely.

AfroPHC Core Team

Prof. Shabir Moosa, President WONCA Africa (for family doctors)

Dr. David Lusale, African Network of Associate Clinicians (for clinical officers/associates)

Ms. Bongi Sibanda, AAAPN Coalition (for family nurse practitioners)

Dr Lillian Dodzo, (for midwives)

Dr. Thembeka Gwagwa, ICN (for nurses generally)

Dr. Prosper Tumusiime, WHO AFRO

Prof. Godwin Aja, Africa Regional Board Member, Towards Unity For Health (for public health practitioners)

Prof Marietjie de Villiers, President AFREHealth (for health educators / researchers in Africa)

Dr. Champion Nyoni, AfrIPEN (for allied health professions and interprofessional practice)

Dr. George Kimathi, AMREF (for CHWs/community stakeholders)

Ms. Nkechi Olalere, Coordinator SPARC (for strategic purchasing officials)

Dr. Francis Ohanyido, The West African Institute of Public Health and its Academy (for public health)

Prof Bob Mash, Primafamed (for family medicine educators)

HIFA profile: Shabir Moosa is an Associate Professor and Family Physician in the Department of Family Medicine & Primary Health Care, Johannesburg Health District and University of Witwatersrand. Visit website www.profmoosa.com and email shabir AT profmoosa.com