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The African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) promotes long lasting changes in health in Africa, and believes that the power of transformation lies within its communities. Every year, AMREF, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, trains thousands of community health workers who bring health to some of Africa’s most marginalized populations. AMREF also trains doctors, nurses, midwives, lab technicians and pharmacists.
As the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health continues, Peter Ngatia, Director for Capacity-Building at AMREF, will also be part of a panel, together with Mary O’Neil, Global Lead for Human Resources for Health (HRH) at MSH, to discuss public-private partnerships to advance HRH.
During the forum AMREF was recognized for its learning program that helped upgrade the skills of 20,000 nurses for program management including coordination, stakeholder management, content development, capacity building of the implementers, and monitoring and evaluation. For their part, AMREF was presented with an award on behalf of a cheerful Global Health Workforce Alliance award ceremony, becoming distinguished members. This program will be adapted for midwives and has the potential to be replicated to African countries facing health worker shortages.
AMREF is one of the key partners of the LMG Project consortium and it has been very much in the limelight in the Forum. Besides presenting its work with LMG in the side session organized by MSH on Leadership and Management for UHC on the first day of the Forum, it also presented yesterday its coordinating role of the African Health Leaders and Managers Network (AHLMN) in a session on Transforming and Scaling up Health Professional Education and Training. LMG is supporting the AHLMN Secretariat and the organization of meetings of the network for its strategic planning and the development of its activities. One of these key activities will be a Virtual Leadership Development Program (VLDP) to adapt and promote AMREF’s curriculum for Leadership, Management and Governance and disseminate it through AHLMN members. The LMG Project also supports AMREF to implement courses for nurses in five African countries with proper leadership, management and governance training.
Congratulations to AMREF for the recognition of their important work by the international HRH community!