UCT a associate in new collaborative to strengthen major healthcare in Africa

The College of Cape City (UCT) is without doubt one of the 9 companions within the new Africa Increased Schooling Well being Collaborative (AHEHC), a pioneering initiative aimed toward strengthening major healthcare throughout Africa and empowering the continent’s well being sector via transformative schooling and innovation.

Since its inception in 2012, the Mastercard Basis Students Program has been a beacon of hope for younger individuals throughout Africa, offering unparalleled alternatives to pursue their desires, uplift their households, and make lasting contributions to their communities. The Mastercard Basis is proud to construct upon the students’ programme’s legacy of transformative affect with the launch of the AHEHC, a groundbreaking 10-year initiative to revolutionise major healthcare throughout the continent.

Africa, dwelling to 16% of the world’s inhabitants, at the moment faces a major scarcity of expert well being staff, with solely 2.2 expert well being staff per 1 000 inhabitants – one-third of the worldwide common. By 2030, there might be a scarcity of about six million expert well being staff. This, mixed with the truth that the well being sector in Africa contributes solely about 5% to the continent’s gross home product (GDP), in comparison with the worldwide common of 10%), underscores the pressing want for focused interventions to unlock the sector’s untapped financial potential.


“At UCT, we endeavour to make significant, transformative and sustainable contributions in direction of addressing major healthcare and related challenges in a method that delivers societal affect.”

UCT Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Analysis and Internationalisation, Professor Sue Harrison, stated the college is proud to be a part of the collaborative, which aligns with its endeavour to contribute in direction of discovering African options to Africa’s challenges.

“The AHEHC brings collectively collaborating companions from universities in Africa and past our continent, all of them working collectively to handle among the major healthcare challenges we face,” Professor Harrison stated.

“At UCT, we endeavour to make significant, transformative and sustainable contributions in direction of addressing major healthcare and related challenges in a method that delivers societal affect, adjustments lives and delivers new information centred on our context – all concurrently. This collaboration is one other alternative for us to make such contribution.”

Affiliate Professor Tracey Naledi, the deputy dean of Social Account and Well being Methods within the School of Well being Sciences (FHS), highlighted the significance of this collaboration.

“Because the School of Well being Sciences, we’re so happy to be a part of this well being collaborative that we anticipate might be an enormous catalyst for our social accountability technique aiming to handle the precedence well being considerations of the communities we serve. We’re excited to associate with different schools at UCT (Humanities and the UCT Graduate College of Enterprise); the Western Cape authorities, civil society and communities in Klipfontein, Saldanha and George/Knysna/Bitou sub districts.”

Programme focus

Explaining the main target of the programme, the top of division for Major Well being Care Directorate within the FHS Professor Steve Reid stated: “We have now named the mission ‘Wholesome Futures South Africa’ as a result of our focus is on youth, well being and employment, and it will likely be housed within the new Division of Household, Neighborhood and Emergency Care. This collaboration and funding are implausible alternatives to make a sustainable distinction within the well being of younger individuals via coaching and schooling, on the identical time strengthening major healthcare methods within the three studying websites.”


“We goal to create a sustainable affect on inhabitants well being and unlock important financial development throughout the continent.”

Peter Materu, the chief programme officer on the Mastercard Basis, defined that the AHEHC sought to leverage universities to handle the essential challenges dealing with the well being sector in Africa and within the course of create work alternatives for younger individuals. “By strengthening major healthcare, enhancing workforce growth, and selling entrepreneurship and innovation, we goal to create a sustainable affect on inhabitants well being and unlock important financial development throughout the continent.”

The AHEHC focuses on three pillars of labor to attain its aims:

  • well being employment: enhancing institutional capability throughout Africa to coach expert staff for major healthcare, assembly the rising demand, and contributing to the extension of methods that make use of and retain this major care workforce
  • well being entrepreneurship: optimising entrepreneurial ecosystems inside African universities, AHEHC will help the launch and scaling of well being start-ups, creating jobs and driving progressive options to handle healthcare challenges
  • well being ecosystems: collaborating to interact with broader well being sector actors and enabling African college students to amass superior expertise throughout various disciplines essential for sustainable and transformative development within the well being sector.

The AHEHC recognises that unlocking the total potential of the well being sector requires addressing limitations that hinder progress, significantly in major healthcare. These limitations embody poor human sources capability and entry to well being providers, weak incentive buildings, unaffordability of care, poor entry to well being providers and fragmented well being methods.

The collaborative envisions a transformative affect on major healthcare throughout Africa via strategic interventions. This consists of equipping 30 000 expert well being practitioners and group well being staff to ship progressive and high-quality major healthcare providers, fostering total group wellness, and contributing to financial transformation.

Moreover, the collaborative goals to nurture over 10 000 progressive and sustainable well being ventures, making a vibrant community of well being entrepreneurial ecosystems. Working collaboratively with a shared imaginative and prescient, AHEHC seeks to construct a sturdy community of companions, sharing finest practices and classes to create more healthy and extra affluent communities.

The companions on this collaborative embody Amref Worldwide College, Addis Ababa College, African Management College, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Ashesi College, Kwame Nkrumah College of Science & Know-how, Moi College, UCT, and College of Toronto.

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