This is a group for Springboard members located in Africa.

  • First Lady Jeannette Kagame while addressing the organisation of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) on the margins of the 72nd UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday said “An HIV/AIDS-free Africa will go a long way in ensuring that the continent achieves accelerated economic growth and transformation.” The conversation themed:…[Read more]


  • Significant progress in improving people’s health in Africa was commended by delegates attending the 67th session WHO Regional Committee for Africa, which was held in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. This follows the presentation made of the 2016-2017 Biennial Report on the Work of WHO in the African Region by Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional D…[Read more]


    • Hi Joseph,
      Thanks so much for sharing the WHO documents.
      By any chance do you know if WHO and those in the WHO African Region are still pursuing involving traditional healers in addressing the health care needs of the people? I am glad to see involvement of local communities.
      Thanks again.
      Mary

      • Hi Mary,
        One of the priority interventions and actions under the African Regional Framework for the implementation of the global strategy on human resources for health is to scale up and/or improving the effectiveness of Community Health Workers (CHWs) programmes. Member states in Africa when deploying large-scale CHW programmes should integrate…[Read more]

        • Hi Joseph,

          I saw the scale up of CHW’s, but nothing was mentioned about traditional healers (THs). CHWs are different from THs yet I know at times CHWs may include THs. Are there still efforts to try and collaborate with THs as they are often the first health care worker a patient may visit and follow documents such as the WHO Traditional…[Read more]

  • Africa is unfortunately home to an estimated 47% of the global burden of all NTDs but the WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) is still and more than ever committed to the elimination of river blindness and other Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). The WHO Expanded Special Project for Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ESPEN) is a…[Read more]

  • Zimbabwe has been elected to chair the 71st World Health Assembly scheduled to take place between 21 and 26 May 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland. Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa is expected to chair following his election by fellow African ministers of health attending the just-ended 67th Session of WHO’s Regional Committee Meeting…[Read more]


  • Dean Peacock, the co-executive director of Sonke Gender Justice talks on why most men in East and Southern Africa are likely to die more than Women due to HIV. The article outlines the numbers as they are and also highlights the efforts made by the respective countries i.e Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda to curb the same by integrating men’s health n…[Read more]


  • Men’s role in breastfeeding: Interview with Thulani Velebayi, who speaks about his understanding of and experience with breastfeeding. This piece clearly speaks on the influential role that men play in breastfeeding.
    http://men-care.org/2015/09/25/mens-role-in-breastfeeding-interview-with-thulani-velebayi/ Thulani-Velebayi-360px

    Men’s role in breastfeeding: Interview with Thulani Velebayi, who speaks about his understanding o
    • Thank you for sharing! Its so important to recognize that everyone – not only the new mother – plays a role in encouraging and supporting breastfeeding.

    • Congratulations brother. Breastfeeding certainly has its benefits. We need to reach out to our mothers the more. Secondly, for those mothers who work, The work environment need to be made more conducive for them to breastfeed their babies.

  • The smart cities initiative, which aims at leveraging technology solutions to improve efficiency of cities saw 7 African Heads of States in 2013 commit to provide leadership in accelerating socio-economic development through ICT. With smart cities, we also talk about smart hospitals, telehealth or in other words using ICT to accelerate services.…[Read more]


  • Today we celebrate World Population Day with the theme “Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations”. According to the UNFPA, “some 214 million women in developing countries who want to avoid pregnancy are not using safe and effective family planning methods, for reasons ranging from lack of access to information or services to lack o…[Read more]

    Today we celebrate World Population Day with the theme “Family Planning: Empowering People, Develo
  • With the just concluded World Health Organisation’s first Africa health forum in Kigali on Wednesday commitments to achieving universal health coverage (UHC) were made.The participants committed in keeping UHC as the overarching approach for attaining SDG3 of ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages, strengthening health…[Read more]


  • “Africa needs to act now to safeguard the health of its youth” this was the key message on the opening day of the first Africa Health Forum launched by the World Health Organization. Many of the speakers talked of the rising young population and the urgent need for concrete actions to address the health of youth and adolescents. Dr Matshidiso…[Read more]


  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO), In 2013 about 289,000 women worldwide died during pregnancy or childbirth, and of those deaths 62% occurred in sub-Saharan Africa. It is very evident that Africa accounts for a big chunk of global maternal deaths. Maternal mortality is the highest health inequity in the world, and it has been…[Read more]

  • Sheila Tlou, the UNAIDS Regional Director East and South Africa in the 21st International AIDS Conference which was held last week in Abuja made a call to African countries to spend more to demonstrate their commitment to the goal of eradicating HIV/AIDS from the continent by 2030. More on the speech on the link below:…[Read more]


  • We are all invited to attend the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative’s (HC3) third Catalyze event, “The Critical Role of Social and Behavior Change (SBC) across the Service Delivery Continuum” on Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm EDT. In this forum there will be a presentation of a new overarching model developed by HC3 follo…[Read more]


  • Chronic diseases represent a growing public health challenge as they become ever more prevalent as a result of demographic, behavioral and social changes and With millions of people in Africa predicted to die from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO), African Region has supported countries to carry out…[Read more]


  • The executive director of UNFPA, Babatunde Osotimehin, in a statement released to observe the International Day of the Midwife said “Most babies who die could have been saved by the care of well-trained midwives within the framework of strong health systems.” So what role do we as SBCC practitioners play in “task sharing” for better FP…[Read more]

  • From the just concluded World Economic Forum held on 3rd – 5th May in Durban South Africa, Winnie Byanyima the Executive Director of Oxfam had a message for Africa. This message cuts across to every sector including the SBCC community where we are involved to enable individuals, families, communities, and societies to improve their quality of…[Read more]

  • A study conducted by The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has revealed that a low-cost and widely available drug could save the lives of 1 in 3 mothers who would otherwise bleed to death after childbirth. Tranexamic acid, reduces the risk of bleeding to death by almost a third, with no side effects for either mothers or babies and…[Read more]


  • Today we celebrate World Malaria Day, a time to celebrate all of the progress we’ve made in fighting this deadly disease, and an opportunity to recommit ourselves to eliminating it once and for all. Efforts have been made over the past years to fight the disease but at this point we must also look beyond government and donor resources. We need…[Read more]

    Today we celebrate World Malaria Day, a time to celebrate all of the progress we’ve made in fi
  • China is making effort to adopt a strategy of treating malaria which will most certainly wipe the disease off the face of the earth, especially in the African countries which are mostly affected by the pandemic. These news are very timely as we look forward to celebrate World Malaria Day tomorrow with the theme “End malaria for…[Read more]


  • A very enlightening article by Dr. Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti, the Director of the WHO Regional Office for Africa on the need to tackle Neglected Tropical Diseases with everything we’ve got right now and how the window of opportunity to achieve our 2020 targets is right in front of us, and we can’t let it close.
    What are your thoughts on this? Wha…[Read more]


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