Theme: “Public Health Learning and Assessment in Africa”
“Global Health Competencies”
“Relevance and Appropriateness of the Public Health Curriculum”
The 8th Annual General Meeting of the Association of Schools of Public Health in Africa
(ASPHA) will include an academic session which will provide information about current Public
Health Professionals’ capacity, numbers, identify the gaps and devise mechanisms to respond to
the challenges in public health professionals training. This will also help strengthen Public
Health systems workforce in Africa through collaborative partnership. Strengthening public
health systems has become a growing concern for delivering health services in Africa. This
concern is deeply shared by governments and development partners across the African continent.
ASPHA at its last AGM wished to establish public health institutes of excellence by assisting the
growth of existing public health training institutions, undertaking meaningful research,
advocating for health policy reform linked to broader public health goals and also set a
benchmark of quality standards for public health education in Africa. This is work we are
planning together with the African Federation of Public Health Associations (AFPHA), Faculty
of Public Health (FPH) and Public Health England (PHE).
Addressing the unmet need for greater public health expertise, both in numbers and in relevant
skill is vital for a sustained and holistic response to public health concerns in Africa. This
requires healthcare to be addressed, not only from the scientific perspective of what works, but
also from the social perspective of who needs it the most. This academic meeting will create a
wonderful opportunity for networking amongst the faculty of the various Schools of Public
Health in Africa. Papers that address these broad issues are invited.