African Medical & Research Foundation Receives Award at 3rd Global Forum on Human Resources for Health

November 12, 2013, RECIFE, Brazil – The African Medical & Research Foundation (AMREF) was presented last night with the Partner Award from the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) in recognition of their exceptional contribution towards human resources for health (HRH).

AMREF has trained more than 600,000 health workers since its inception in 1957 as the Flying Doctors of East Africa.  With innovative public and private partnerships, AMREF has advanced the development and skills of all cadres of health workers across Africa, including community health workers, midwives, nurses, clinical officers, doctors and lab technicians, using both electronic and mobile learning as well as traditional classroom methods.

“This award recognizes the critical role played by African organizations such as AMREF in the development of local talent and expertise in human resources for health in Africa, especially considering the looming skill demands of universal health coverage,” said Dr. Teguest Guerma, AMREF Director General.  “AMREF is thrilled to be acknowledged by such a prestigious group of global colleagues for our role in advancing the development of human resources for health in Africa.  We thank the Alliance for presenting us with this honour.”

Along with significant partners such as Johnson & Johnson, Accenture, Moi and Kenya Methodist Universities, University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) and Africa Health Leadership and Management Network (AHLMN) among others, AMREF has also contributed to the creation and implementation of curricula to develop the leadership, management and governance skills of senior health care professionals across the continent.  Its programmes further aim to strengthen partnerships and networking among training institutions in Africa to develop a critical mass of health workers for sustainable health systems strengthening.

"This award is not for AMREF alone,” added Dr. Peter Ngatia, AMREF’s Director of Capacity Building. “It is also for the many partners who have collaborated with AMREF for years to train health workers across the continent of Africa, including the myriads of health workers who labour tirelessly to advance their knowledge and skills and provide high impact services to their patients/clients and the communities they serve."

Following the 2nd Global Forum on HRH in 2011 in Thailand, this is the second time the Alliance has presented awards to health workers and projects or teams having demonstrated significant achievements in the human resources for health field.

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The African Medical & Research Foundation (AMREF) is the largest African-led health development organization on the continent, providing training and health services to over 35 countries in Africa.  Founded in 1957 as the Flying Doctors of East Africa to provide critical health care to remote communities, AMREF now focuses on preventative, community-based health care.    Headquartered in Nairobi, AMREF delivers major programmes in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and West Africa.  AMREF is run for and by Africans – over 97 per cent of staff is African with more than 90 per cent living in the communities in which they work. AMREF strives for lasting health change in Africa and works side by side with communities to build the knowledge, skills and means to transform their health.

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