Let’s Make More Use of African Institutions

ACHEST Board meeting in Kampla, Uganda

ACHEST board meeting in Kampala, Uganda with Dr. Francis Omaswa on the right. Photo: MSH Staff

This blog entry, written by Dr. Francis Omaswa and reposted from the African Health Systems Governance (ASHGOVNET) online forum, is an important discussion related to what it takes to create transformative and sustainable change. In this entry, Dr. Omaswa makes the point that the impetus for change must emanate from African institutions. The ASHGOVNET forum is an active online and largely South-to-South exchange between African health leaders, and tackles topics related to addressing issues related to stewardship, governance and leadership of health systems in Africa. ASHGOVNET is run by the African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST), an important collaborator with the LMG Project.

Last month I participated at 58th Health Ministers Conference (HMC) for East, Central and Southern Africa (ECSA) held at Arusha, Tanzania that brought together Health Ministers and Senior Executives from eleven countries. Present too were high level representatives from the African Union Commission, the WHO Afro, the West African Health Organization, UNAIDS and development partners. ACHEST conducted a one-day preconference workshop on Stewardship, Governance and Leadership of Health Systems for Permanent Secretaries and HIV Directors from these countries and presented the outcome to the Ministers which was very well received.

There were other preconference workshops on the World Bank funded Strengthening of Laboratory Services and on Health Professionals Education through professional colleges. The HMC witnessed the formal launch of the new College of Health Sciences for the ECSA Region that now consolidates into one umbrella institution four already existing colleges of Nursing, Surgery, Anesthesiology, and Pathology. Others are set to join in the near future namely Ophthalmology and Internal Medicine. I left this HMC feeling very good. Why?

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