AfroPHC Workshop, 9 – 11th September

**Repost. This article was originally posted here**

Join us for a virtual workshop 4-7 pm (Central African Time) on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 9-11th September 2020 with the theme “Building Teamwork for Primary Health Care in Africa”. It is open to anyone interested but is targeted towards country leaders of participating organisations of AfroPHC. Join us.

The workshop will be in three-hour sessions each day. In each session, there will be a plenary in the first hour. We will move to group discussions of 5-10 participants in the next hour and return to give feedback in the last hour. Links will be in the workshop webpages open to registrants. To ensure an interactive and engaging process we will bridge movement within sessions by 1-2 short videos and/or virtual games of 10-15min. It will be a lot of fun, so be there!

The conference pages will be open from 5th September. Registered participants will be asked to look at the information on Belbin Team Roles and MBTI Personality Profiles before the first session. The plenary will welcome and introduce the process as well as some insight into teamwork issues. We will then do random group ‘introductions’ in the first session and share insights on both the introductions and the teamwork issues. The question guiding this session will be “Who are we? Getting to know the ambulatory primary health care (PHC) team in Africa“.

This will lay the basis for the next two sessions asking the questions: “What does the community expect from ambulatory PHC service delivery in Africa?” and “Who should be part of the PHC team and how should the PHC team work in ambulatory PHC service delivery in Africa?” We deliberately focus on PHC outside the hospital by using the term “Ambulatory”, which means ‘walking’ (vs. sleeping). Are you interested? Register! In order to move away from presentations, the plenary will be a moderated discussion between representatives of key organisations supporting AfroPHC. After each plenary of 45min we will go into group discussions and then get group feedback in the plenary.

Why don’t you provide us a 15-minute video sharing your perspective on these three questions in advance? This material will be available to participants from the 5th of September on the Workshop webpages (and allowing comments). Here is a guide. Register so you can see all these great insights.

We hope to emerge with a statement that will be issued in advance of the UN General Assembly later in September. You can be part of this movement. We hope to develop AfroPHC as the voice of the PC/PHC team and its supporters, sharing and supporting each other in advocating for PHC and a strong team-based approach to delivery.

Various leaders in PHC across Africa will be online: family doctors from WONCA Africa, clinical officers from the African Network of Associate Clinicians, family nurse practitioners from the Association of African Advanced Nurse Practitioners, nurse leaders from the International Council of Nurses, public health practitioners from the African region of Towards Unity for Health, health educators/researchers from AfreHealth, mulitdisciplinary team members from AfriPEN, community health worker / community leaders from AMREF and a variety of other key stakeholders. We are also expecting key people from WHO Global, WHO AFRO and World Bank to be there. We want you to be there too. Register here