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    Eastern Africa Regional Office News and Past Events

    AAHCI 2023 Eastern Africa Member Meeting

    December 2023: The AAHCI Eastern Africa Regional Office, hosted by Aga Khan University (AKU East Africa), organized an inaugural meeting to review upcoming 2024 plans with both returning and new members. The meeting included introductions as well as discussions on future activities and plans for the regional office. We are pleased to introduce the newest members to the region:

    • Uganda Christian University
    • University of Global Health Equity
    • University of Namibia

    AAHCI CONNECT: Regional Members Collaborate on Research Opportunities

    Oct. 13, 2022: AAHCI’s Eastern Africa Regional Office’s host, The Aga Khan University Kenya, held an online meeting in collaboration with the Alliance for Academic Health Centers Vice Presidents for Research executive leadership group. The meeting assembled members in the region and across the globe to discuss opportunities, contributions, and barriers to identifying overlaps and potential for collaboration. The meeting was held as part of a series on international research collaboration discussions that bring members together to share best practices, lessons learned, and more.

    AAHCI 2022 Eastern Africa Regional Forum

    March 29-30, 2022: AAHCI’s Eastern Africa Regional Office’s host, The Aga Khan University Kenya, held its first in-person gathering in Nairobi, Kenya. Leaders in the region explored opportunities to utilize the collaborative strength of academic health care institutions more effectively. Throughout the two-day forum, members and nonmembers from Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda brainstormed programming ideas and a regional strategic plan to cultivate partnerships with AAHCI’s support and guidance.

    AAHCI Eastern Africa Regional Office Newsletter on Mental Health

    December 2021: This inaugural newsletter of the AAHCI Eastern Africa Regional Office shares how academic health centers in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda are managing the COVID-19 pandemic impact on mental health. Read their contribution to the AAHCI cross-regional theme of mental health during the time of COVID-19 (PDF).

    AAHCI CONNECT: AAHCI Eastern Africa Webinar

    “Diagnostic, Management, and Preventive Measures of COVID-19: Sharing Experiences and Best Practices From Eastern Africa"
    May 27, 2021: AAHCI’s Eastern Africa Regional Office’s host, The Aga Khan University Kenya, co-presented a webinar, “Diagnostic, Management, and Preventive Measures of COVID-19.” Panelists, including regional experts from Ethiopia, Kenya, and Rwanda, shared their experiences and best practices learned in mitigating pandemic outcomes. AAHCI member Tongji University School of Medicine in China participated to provide a comparable experience. 

    AAHCI Eastern Africa Regional Office Perspectives on Leadership in a Pandemic

    Fall 2020: Five members of the Eastern Africa Regional Office shared their perspectives in AAHC’s Leadership Perspectives International on “AAHCI Leadership Initiative (ALI) — Academic Health Centers in Eastern Africa: Leadership and Vision Amidst Challenges and a Pandemic" (PDF).

    AAHCI Announces Leadership Initiative to Advance Cross-Border Health Care Collaboration

    January 2020: The Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) is pleased to announce the launch of the AAHCI Leadership Initiative (ALI), a program designed to catalyze the work of academic health center leaders from lower and middle-income countries  to foster cross-border learning and networking, promote collaboration, and share best practices in building academic health center infrastructure globally. AAHC also is pleased to announce that The Aga Khan University, a member of the Association’s international arm, the Association of Academic Health Centers International (AAHCI), has agreed to host AAHCI’s first Regional Office in Eastern Africa to help support and further develop this important initiative.

    The AAHCI Leadership Initiative (ALI) is a major step in growing our partnership with healthcare leaders in Eastern Africa who will engage with the Association, network with peers, and share their rich experiences and deep knowledge,” said AAHC President and CEO, Dr. Steven L. Kanter. “A distinctive feature of the program is the ability for awarded ALI institutions to have their leadership teams participate in the annual Global Innovation Forum and workshops on developing international programs and building cross-border institutional partnerships.”

    AAHC is pleased to announce the first four institutions to become ALI recipients. Each institution has demonstrated a concrete vision for increasing the capacity of its academic health center and deepening connections with academic health centers in other countries.

    1. Kampala International University  
    2. Kenya Medical Research Institute 
    3. Kenyatta University 
    4. Makerere University College of Health Sciences School of Public Health 

    “We are enthusiastic about working with the leadership at these institutions and engaging with our membership to promote broader and deeper understanding of the complexities and challenges facing leaders at academic health centers worldwide,” said Kanter.