2019 CUGH Conference    I    March 8 - 10, 2019   I   Satellite Sessions  March 7, 2019   |   Hilton  Chicago Hotel    I   Chicago, IL​​

Satellite Session | HALF DAY Workshop

AFREhealth and CUGH: Consolidating a Collaborative Partnership


Thursday March 7, 2019
8:00am - 12:00pm
Room: Williford A / 3rd Level

Hilton Chicago Hotel
Chicago, IL

  • Registration is free but required.
  • Registration for the satellite session is separate from registration for the CUGH conference.

  • AFREhealth-CUGH Working Group (ACWG)

  • Prof. Marietjie de Villiers (AFREhealth
  • Prof. Quentin Eichbaum (CUGH)
  • Dr. Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde (AFREhealth; The Network TUFH)

The AFREhealth-CUGH Working Group (ACWG) has been active over the last 18 months, working towards defining areas for collaboration, and forming three informal pilot groups. The aim of this Satellite meeting is to take the ACWG initiative forward by consolidating the partnership on the three groups, with clear terms of reference and a practical project to initiate the work. The Satellite meeting will extend over a period of 4 hours on the morning of March 7 from 8 Am – 12 noon. There will be 3 parts to the meeting. 

Welcome and introductions from the ACWG co chairs and Satellite organizers. Explanation of the aims, structure and expected outcomes of the meeting.  

Part 1  (80  min)

The session will start with a brief overview of  the structure and functions of the organizations of AFREhealth (Dr de Villiers) and CUGH (Dr Eichbaum). Dr Kiguli-Malwadde will give a report back  on the ACWG  meeting in Durban and will also delineate AFREhealth’s progress and how CUGH and AFREhealth plan have considered working together as partner organizations.

Two speakers will be invited to provide guidance to the focus for the working groups, 15 minutes each. .
Prof Nelson Sewankambo (Principal Investigator AFREHealth NIH) grant will speak on the objectives and priorities of work for the AFREhealth NIH grant.
Dr Eric Goosby (previous Global AIDS ambassador) will speak on the focus and priorities for PEPFAR and how that might provide some guidance for the work of the ACWG.

(Break- 15 min)

Part 2  (90  min)
The three workings groups established in Durban (Education, Research, Student Exchanges) will report back on their interactions and structuring since the Durban meeting and present their terms of reference and objectives for the coming year. Formalizing the structures of these working groups (and considering establishment of other working groups) will then be put to open discussion (5 min per group).. 

The Satellite will then break into Roundtable discussion groups centered around the 3+ Working Groups to consolidate the structure, incorporate interested new members, and further develop their objectives for the coming year (30 min). The groups will also each formulate one project to work on in the next 12 months. Other Roundtable discussions might also be considered following discussions in Part1. The CUGH Education Subcommittee (SC) chairs from the Educational Products SC and Capacity Building SC as well as the CUGH Research Committee may also present what their groups have to offer AFREhealth and the ACWG.

PART 3 (40 min)
The groups from the Roundtables discussion will provide brief report backs. This will be followed by open discussion to discuss a path forward for the ACWG and its 3 working groups over short and longer term (30min).

Summary, conclusions, final words of the meeting and thanking of participants.

Marietjie de Villiers is Professor in Family Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS), Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa (SA). She has extensive leadership experience in medical and health professions education (HPE) having served as deputy dean at the FMHS for two terms, as President of the SA Academy of Family Physicians, Council member of the World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA), and held executive positions on the Health Professions Council of SA and the Association of Medical Councils for Southern Africa. Prof de Villiers is the current President of the African Forum for Research and Education in Health (AFREhealth) and co-chairs the AFREhealth–Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) collaboration. She is a member of The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in HPE, in Washington DC. Currently, she is the Principal Investigator (PI) for Stellenbosch University Collaborative Capacity Enhancement through Engagement with districts (SUCCEED), which aims to improve the quality of HIV/AIDS and related services through technical assistance and capacity development. She was the PI of Stellenbosch University Rural Medical Education Partnership (SURMEPI), together with Prof J Nachega, through which she developed collaborations with multiple African countries. Prof de Villiers has published about 100 scientific papers. In 2016, Prof de Villiers was awarded the South African Association for Health Professional Educationalists (SAAHE) national distinguished educator award.  
Quentin Eichbaum was born and raised in Namibia and South Africa. He initially studied law at the University of Cape Town and then completed his MD, MPH, PhD/postdoctoral studies at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston followed by residency and fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is currently Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and immunology and Professor of Medical Education and Administration at Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center where is also medical co-director of Transfusion Medicine and a clinical Fellowship Director.  He serves on numerous national and international global health education and medical committees and is on the CUGH Board of Directors, Chair of the CUGH Education Committee and co-chair of the AFREhealth-CUGH working Group. He co-founded the Consortium of New Sub-Sahara African Medical Schools (CONSAMS) and is involved in health professional education and clinical medicine in several African countries.    

Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde is the Director Health Workforce Education and Development at the African Center for Global Health and Social transformation (ACHEST).  She was the Director of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) African Coordinating Center. She had until December 2010 been an Associate Professor and Head of the department of Radiology at the College of Health Sciences, Makerere University. She worked with Makerere University for 14 years, rising through the ranks, and understands very well the challenges of Medical Education in Sub-Saharan Africa. She holds anMBchB and MMed9 Radiology) from Makerere University. She is a Fellow of the Foundation for the Advancement of Medical Education and Research (FAIMER). She also holds a Masters in Health Professions Education from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. She has worked with ACHEST for the past 8 years and has gained experience in health systems strengthening, global health and social accountability. She is founding member of many radiological societies . She is the Vice Secretary General of the Network Towards Unity For Health (TUFH)  and secretary of the African Forum for Education and Research in Health and is a member of many  other international societies.
Eric Goosby is a Professor of Medicine and Director of Global Health Delivery and Diplomacy, Institute for Global Health Sciences, at the University of California, San Francisco.  In January 2015, Eric was appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to be the UN Special Envoy on Tuberculosis (TB).  As Special Envoy, he works to promote awareness of TB, both to encourage people to get tested, and send a message to world leaders that more resources are needed to make the world free from TB. From 2009-2013, he served in the Obama Administration as Ambassador-at-Large and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, overseeing the implementation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and also led the State Department’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy. As CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation, 2001-2009, he played a key role in the development and implementation of HIV/AIDS national treatment scale-up plans in South Africa, Rwanda, China and Ukraine. During the Clinton Administration, Eric was Director of the Ryan White Care Act at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and later, served as Deputy Director of the White House National AIDS Policy Office and Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy at HHS. 

Nelson K. Sewankambo Professor of Internal Medicine, Makerere University. He is a physician and clinical epidemiologist, President Uganda National Academy of Sciences, Former Dean of Makerere University Medical School, Uganda, and immediate past Principal Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS). He is the contact PI for R25 NIH/FIC grant that seeks to support establishment of a strong, indigenous interprofessional Association, The African Forum for Research and Education for Health (AFREhealth). In the last 21 years he focused on advancement of medical education and research capacity development. He is committed to development of sustainable equitable partnerships. He leads NURTURE: Research training and mentoring program for career development of junior and mid-level faculty at MakCHS and PI for Training Health Researchers into Vocational Excellence in East Africa. He steered the development of an East African effort that led to an internationally acclaimed institutional brokerage mechanism for linking research to policy and action, “The REACH Policy Initiative” under the East African Community.