Carey Farquhar, MD, MPH
Professor, Departments of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Global HealthDirector, International AIDS Research and Training Program (IARTP), University of Washington, Director, Afya Bora Consortium Fellowship in African Global Health Leadership
Afya Bora Fellowship Mission
To contribute to health systems strengthening in our African partner countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Uganda) by developing a leadership training program targeting primarily African and US health professionals. The Afya Bora (“better health” in Swahili) fellowship model will focus on training leaders for HIV/AIDS prevention, care and research programs. Afya Bora’s long term goal is to establish a sustainable program that is owned, led, and conducted by a consortium of institutions in Africa and that addresses leadership and country ownership needs for critical health priorities and improved population health.
The training program targets African and U.S. medical post-graduates, post-residency physicians, and graduate nurses with the majority of trainees from Africa. One important element of the program is the inclusion of both U.S. and African trainees who are both nurses and physicians. We believe that this mix will enhance the quality of the leadership training experience for all participants, and will help the trainees establish professional relationships that will have long-term benefits in their future careers. All current Fellows are eligible for apply for the Career Development Awards.
Fellowship Program and Progress
The one-year training program imparts skills and knowledge in several key areas, including leadership and management, health policy, delivery of preventive and curative health service, research in support of health programs, and education and training. There are 12 one-week modules taught through direct participation and web-based learning methods. Fellows also participate in a 9 month experiential, mentored component at a host organization, “Attachment Site.” These Attachment Sites include CDC-Kenya, International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) in Botswana and Kenya, the African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF), and Ministries of Health in all four African countries.
In its pilot year from January- August 2011 there were 22 Fellows (19 African, 3 U.S.). The first year of the full fellowship program began in July 2012 with 20 Fellows (18 African, 2 U.S.). The second full cohort started in July 2013 with 19 Fellows (16 African, 3 U.S.).
Afya Bora Career Development Awards
The Career Development Awards will provide successful applicants with the opportunity to obtain additional training in leadership and pursue projects addressing local, regional and national public health priorities at Afya Bora partner organizations and attachment sites. This is the second application cycle for these awards.
Carey Farquhar, MD, MPH,
Director, Afya Bora Fellowship in Global Health Leadership
Professor, Departments of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Global Health, University of Washington
Yohana Mashalla, MD, PhD
Co-Director, Afya Bora Fellowship in Global Health Leadership
Acting Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Botswana
For more information please visit the website: http://afyaboraconsortium.org/