Amref Health Africa at the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

A health worker meets with a patient using mobile technologyAmref Health Africa is pleased to be participating in the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research from November 14 to 18, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada.

The Symposium, organized by Health Systems Global, brings together experts under the theme “Resilient and Responsive Health Systems for a Changing World.”


Join Amref Health Africa in the Marketplace at booth #21 throughout the Symposium. See how we are using mobile health solutions to empower Community Health Workers – essential building blocks of a resilient, responsive health system. 

Amref Health Africa at #HSR2016

Tuesday, November 15

Harmonization in action: working together to build the community health workforce (Satellite Session)

Who: Jackline Kiarie, Product Development and Delivery Lead, Amref  Health Africa
When: 13:00 to17:00
Where: Room1415, SFU-Harbour

Thursday, November 17

Innovation in health worker training programs in Africa; experiences in the implementation and scale of the Health Enablement and Learning Platform (HELP) mobile solution, Kenya. (E-Poster Presentation) (Abstract ID 1237)

Who: Jackline Kiarie, Product Development and Delivery Lead, Amref Health Africa (bio)
When: 12:30 to14:00
Where: Screen #4, Marketplace, Exhibition Hall B, Vancouver Convention Centre East Building (View this e-poster online now)

Friday, November 18

Improving Postnatal Care uptake using service improvement strategies: a pilot study in rural health facilities in Kisoro District South Western Uganda.(ll-ir141) (Poster Presentation)

Improving timely attendance of 1st ANC using collaborative quality improvement approach in rural health facilities in South Western Uganda (ll-ip51)  (Poster Presentation)

By: Margaret Mugisa, Project Manager MCH Projects, Amref Health Africa in Uganda (bio)
When: 12:00 to 13:30 
Where: Marketplace, Exhibition Hall B, Vancouver Convention Centre East Building 

Factors Influencing Deliveries at Health Facilities among Rural Maasai Communities in Magadi Sub-County, Kenya (E-Poster Presentation) (Abstract ID: 3399)

Who: Sarah Karanja, Research Officer, Amref Health Africa in Kenya (bio)
When:  12:00 to 13:30 
Where: Screen #2, Marketplace, Exhibition Hall B, Vancouver Convention Centre East Building  (View this e-poster online now)

Engagement communautaire dans la riposte contre ebola en guinee. Comment les reticences ont ete enlevees?
 (Oral Presentation)

By: Dr. Sylla Thiam, Country Director, Amref Health Africa in West Africa (bio)
When: 13:30 to 15:00 
Where: Room 14, Vancouver Convention Centre 


Amref Health Africa Bios


Jackline KiarieJackline Kiarie

Jackie is a health and development sector professional with a successful record of accomplishments working for Amref Health Africa, the largest health NGO in Africa, implementing both small and big programmes for over 10 years. She has extensive experience in successful delivery of health programmes which have focused on product development and delivery, program management, building capacities of health workers for effective health service delivery, building of technology solutions, partnership growth and management, and vendor and financial management in the health sector. Jackline is currently managing a $7,000,000 health programme focusing on design and deployment of the Leap (formerly HELP) mobile technology solution during the different stages of development and deployment. This has seen the mHealth innovation solution win various awards over the last three years and successfully transition into a social enterprise. To date, new business partnerships have been established with leading pharmaceuticals and NGOs to support scale in Kenya and sub-Saharan Africa.


Margaret MugisaMargaret Mugisa

Margaret is currently working as the Project Manager for Amref Health Africa on reproductive, maternal and newborn health projects in Northern Uganda. She is a Social worker by training and a Public Health Practitioner with more than 11 years’ working experience. She has managed projects in the areas of HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, adolescent reproductive health and maternal and child health. Her work experience includes management positions that include head of department in schools, chairperson of research  in voluntary organizations and project manager of various projects in Amref Health Africa in Uganda. She has worked  on diverse issues in public health including gender research, health systems strengthening, community health systems strengthening, monitoring and evaluation, resource mobilization, training and community facilitation, advocacy and networking with various partners from low to high levels of government institutions. Margaret has also supported the development of community-based organizations, building their capacity in management, resource mobilization and supporting them to be recognized by government institutions. She has a passion for working with women and children and sharing best practices of work she has been involved in overtime. Margaret has published her work with Pan African Medical Journal. She is multi lingual with spoken and written proficiency of 4 languages spoken mainly in Uganda.


Sarah Karanja, Amref Health AfricaSarah Karanja

Sarah is a social scientist and public health specialist with more than eight years of experience in implementation and evaluation of research in the areas of HIV/AIDS, mHealth and recently in reproductive maternal, newborn and child health. Sarah works with Amref Health Africa in Kenya as a research officer and her main responsibility is building the capacity of staff in research. In addition, she also coordinates the Amref Kenya, Ethics and Scientific Review Committee (ESRC).


Dr. Sylla Thiam, Amref Health Africa in West AfricaDr. Sylla Thiam 

Dr. Sylla Thiam is a highly accomplished senior manager, with fifteen years’ experience of health management and leadership across Africa particularly in Senegal, Guinea, Central African Republic, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Africa and South Sudan. Currently, he is the Director of Amref Health Africa’s Regional hub in West Africa based in Senegal. Prior to that he was the Technical Director for Infectious Diseases based in Amref Health Africa Headquarters in Nairobi. He worked with the Ministry of Health in Senegal in various positions at district and national levels. 

He is a medical doctor specialized in public health and epidemiology. He holds a Master in Population Development and Health Sciences from Cheikh A Diop University (Dakar-Senegal). He also obtained a Master in Public Health and Health Management and a diploma of epidemiology and biostatics at Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris, France). In addition he holds a MBA in Health Leadership and Management (Kenya). He has worked in public, private sectors as well as in the humanitarian domain with a strong experience in designing, implementing and assessing health programs, building and maintaining partnership at various levels. He has a wide knowledge in control of major communicable diseases, in research, health care management and health systems strengthening materialized by several publications in per review journals such as The Lancet, JAMA, International Journal for Tuberculosis & Lung Disease, Panafrican Medical Journal,  Plos One and Malaria Journal. He is fluent in both French and English.