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Africa Health Leadership Transformation Program
AHETI plans to achieve its mission to ramp up local production of pharmaceuticals in Africa through four (4) main programs:
AHETI believes that the role of political actors and policy makers is crucial. Therefore, in collaboration with the African Union Development Agency – NEPAD, at the January Conference, AHETI will Launch the “Leading Impactful Health Transformation in Africa Program” to develop competent leadership, both political and technocratic, to transform the health sector in Africa. AHETI will is collaborating with eminent personalities and champions of global health, a wide range of stakeholders whose collaboration is essential for promoting local pharmaceutical production in Africa for the eradication of disease. These include representatives of Ministries of Health, Ministries of Industry and Trade, drug regulatory authorities and patent offices from Africa. Others include international organisations, pharmaceutical companies and associations in Africa and other developing countries, civil society and academia.
2023 Africa Leadership Seminars
The Africa Health and Economic Transformation Institute (AHETI), the Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa (JENA), Strathmore University, Georgetown University and Yale University’s Global Justice Program (GJP) are jointly proposing the Africa Health Leadership Initiative to be conducted through a series of three seminars under the auspices of the African Union / NEPAD. The seminars would take place in this year and would each be 3-4 days in length. The seminar series is intended for high-level African health officials to take time out from their weighty everyday responsibilities to reflect on their experiences, to share insights, to pose focused research questions to select scholars and practitioners, and to invite constructive critical discussion of their own best reform ideas within a friendly environment of diversified expertise.
The first seminar would take place at Strathmore University in Nairobi, focusing on African challenges in health & health care. We would discuss the most important contributors to Africa’s disease burden: food, water, hygiene, pollution, violence, weather/climate, etc., as well as gaps, bottlenecks, inefficiencies, and other flaws in the provision of health care and how these might be ameliorated through better organization and pan-African collaboration.
The second seminar would take place at Yale University in New Haven, focusing on Africa-relevant international best practices in health care systems and policies. We would discuss ways of retaining and motivating doctors and nurses, the efficient supply and delivery of pharmaceuticals and other medical technologies and equipment, the provision of relevant health and care information to professionals and the general public, the design of effective systems of data collection and health insurance, as well as contingency planning and emergency management.
The third seminar would take place at Georgetown University, focusing on international collaboration, solidarity, and justice in global health. For better or (more often) worse, the health of Africans is heavily affected by what goes on in the rest of the world: pollution and global warming, agricultural markets, monopoly patents, “brain-drain” migration, interest rates, debts with strings attached, etc. These influences raise profound issues of global justice – or rather: these influences give African leaders an opportunity and responsibility to raise profound moral issues in international forums and bilateral dialogues with the more affluent states – to raise them with a unified voice and in language that is accessible and compelling to officials, journalists, and citizens around the world. This century of Africa should witness not African states individually asking for aid and assistance, but a united Africa negotiating better protections of the human rights, needs and dignity of Africans – throughout the network of governmental and non-governmental international health organizations and also beyond: in the power centers of New York, Brussels, Geneva, Washington, London and Beijing.