What is AfrIPEN?

The Africa Interprofessional Education Network (AfrIPEN) is a consensus-based partnership between various institutions and individual with the vision to establish interprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPE) as integral part in training the health workforce and in the effective functioning of systems for health in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The mission of AfrIPEN is to advocate for, collaborate on, promote and share good practice of IPE in Sub-Saharan Africa. READ MORE

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AfrIPEN Virtual Conference 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic affected the entire world and the need to keep us connected saw the integration of the virtual space as a platform for communication. The 2021 AfrIPEN biennial conference was initially planned to be hosted in Rwanda under the auspices of the University of Global Health Equity. However, due to public health limitations AfrIPEN had its first virtual conference under the theme “Moving health forward through IPECP” in recognition of the pivotal role interprofessional education and collaborative practice plays in adapting to the COVID-19. Keynote speakers included scholars and practitioners from Africa and abroad. These scholars and practitioners resonated with the theme of the conference as they showcased their own experience and recommendations for a collaborative Africa. The keynote speakers had the delegates excited and posing questions on the various aspects of their presentations. We are grateful for their wisdom, experience, and time they shared with the delegates. The virtual platform allowed for individuals in various places in the continent to attend the conference. Delegates were from South Africa, Nigeria, Malawi, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Lesotho, Zimbabwe among others including a plethora of health professions. This diversity in participation, which is a true reflection of the spirit of interprofessionalism, created a platform of debate and genuine conversation towards a strategy for the IPECP in Africa.

What were the main issues of concern from this conference?

– All cadres of the health workforce have a contribution to healthcare including community health workers

– Virtual platform can be explored to enhance inclusivity in IPE for institutions without IPE programmes

– Research should explore the extent of IPE across all countries in the continent

– Platforms must be created for open access of resources for IPE IPECP is integral to health systems in our continent

We need more advocacy, more evidence from the continent, everyone to be included and support from all stakeholders to make the vision of AfrIPEN a reality. The next conference will be held in Malawi in 2023.