EVENTS

Special Consultation on Governance for Health in Africa;
Lessons learnt since independence to inform the future


The 6th Forum of The African Platform on Human Resources For Health and the

4th Ashgovnet Congress
16 – 18 July, 2019 Kampala.
Kampala, Commonwealth Speke Resort & Conference Center (Munyonyo).

From 16 – 18 JULY, The African Center for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST) on behalf of The African Platform on Human Resources for Health, (the African Platform) and the African Health Systems Governance Network (Ashgovnet) will convene Intergovernmental agencies, CSOs, Academia, International partners from the UN, governments and the private sector in Kampala, Uganda in a Special Consultation on Governance for Health and Health Workers issues and how they can promote SDGs and UHC. The 6th Forum of The African Platform on Human Resources For Health and the 4th Ashgovnet Congress will also celebrate the milestone of ACHEST’s Tenth Anniversary as an independent Think Tank in the region with a focus on “Building Capacities and Synergies for African Health.”

Africa of today, more than ever before, stands an exceptional opportunity to deliver basic health services to her people. This can only happen if African people themselves grasp the window of opportunity that presents itself to us now.
Come join other African health leaders and our international friends to propose answers to the questions of governance and health workers. This self-examination and soul search is urgently needed because the rest of the world is running faster than Africa and time is slipping away for implementing actions towards achieving SDGs.
Forum themes:

  1. Governance for health:
    Topics:

• Where did we come from and where are we now? Lessons learnt since independence to inform the future.
• What is Governance for Health?: Building Strong Health Ministries for Strong Health Systems
• Working Across Governments: Imperative of Inter-sectoral Collaboration for SDGs; breaking down silos
• Information and data for health in the era of Artificial Intelligence and Technology.
• Preparedness and Response to Emergencies
• Working in Fragile States

  1. Human Resources for Health:
    Topics:

    • Where did we come from and where are we now? Lessons learnt since independence to inform the future.
    • Health Workforce – Strengthening Institutional arrangements at global, regional and national levels for effective Governance to achieving Health Workers for all
    • Health Workforce Planning, HWF Information systems, Rural retention and skill mix, Advancing Inter-professional Cohesion
    • Health Workforce Migration: What has the WHO code achieved? What next?
    • Intra-African HWF migration. What do we know? What should we do?
    • HWF Education and Training: Lessons from the field. MEPI, NEPI, AFREhealth, CONSAMs
    • Nursing Now Global Campaign and The Year of the Nurse 2020 prospects and commitments.

On The Theme:

Positioning the African HWF for Action to Attain the SDGs”

Date: 19th to 21st April 2017, Kampala, Uganda.

Kampala, Commonwealth Speke Resort & Conference Center (Munyonyo).

The African Platform on Human Resources for Health, (the African Platform), will hold the 5th African HWF Forum in Kampala, Uganda, from Wednesday 19th to Friday 21st April 2017. The African Platform is the regional arm of the Global Health Workforce Network (GWN) that was launched in Geneva last December, 2016 as the successor of the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA).

Emerging evidence from studies on the Global HWF Strategy 2030 shows that despite spirited advocacy and several interventions over the last decade, African HWF densities have stagnated and have worsened in some countries. At the same time there are global developments such as the SDGs, the new in Global Health Workforce

Strategy, the UN Secretary General’s High- Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth and the Five-Year Action Plan to implement its recommendationsThe African Union Commission has also launched a new Health Strategy during 2016.

Against this background, the African Platform Board and the 3rd Congress of the African Health System

Governance Network (ASHGOVNET) specifically requested the African Platform to convene the forum of member networks, African countries and partners. The Board and Congress further requested the African Platform to work with the Africa Regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO/Afro), and partners to urgently consider an enhanced technical support program for African Countries with the view:

Goal: “To prepare the African HWF for Action to Attain the SDGs”

Expected Outcomes:

  1. Stronger country level health workforce leadership, development and management, especially at the Ministries of Health of Member States. This will include recruiting the contributions of other relevant sectors and actors at country level.
  2. African Member states better able to translate for action key regional and global health policy developments.
  3. African countries committed to fast track the strengthening of Health Workforce information systems. These are needed for management of HWF inflows, stock and outflow as well as implementing the WHO Code on International Recruitment of Health Personnel. The result will be improved reporting on the code for the 3rd round due next year in 2018.

Specific Objectives are to:

  • Review the status of implementation of the “Road map for scaling up human resources for health for improved health service delivery in the African Region 2012–2025” that was launched in 2012
  • Gain deep understanding of relevant recent developments such as the “Global strategy on human resources for health: (Workforce 2030)”; the African Health Strategy.; the Five-Year Action Plan to implement the recommendations of the High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth .
  • Facilitate exchange and sharing of regional experiences, from joint learning.
  • Highlight the role of Nursing and Midwifery as the backbone of the Health System
  • Provide the opportunity to build an informed African voice for active engagement and participation at   the 4th Global Forum on Human Resources for Health, scheduled to be held in Dublin, Ireland from 13-17 November 2017.