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Working Group 2: Situational Analysis

After a workshop held at the African Interprofessional Education Network Conference in June, 2017, the lack of knowledge of the state of IPE as philosophy, policy, curriculum and pedagogy in Sub-Saharan Partner countries, were identified. Informed by international practice, AfrIPEN need to conduct a scoping review and survey to obtain baseline data on IPE in our partner countries. The situational analysis will cover all the aspects needed to develop or adapt a competency framework for interprofessional collaborative practice, taking into consideration societal, organisational, perceived and observed needs. The topics that will be explored from the needs analysis, performed in the Programme and Partner countries, include IPE philosophy, practice (delivery, curricula, content, assessment, etc.), infrastructure, technology and policy.

The aim of the project is to conduct a scoping review and survey and report on a baseline situational analyses of IPE in Sub-Saharan partner countries, to inform the development/adaptation of a contextualised competency framework for IPE and will provide more information about the education contexts to deliver the envisaged curriculum.

Objectives to reach this aim and how the status quo will be changed:

  1. To explore IPE philosophy adopted by Sub-Saharan Partner countries
  2. To explore the IPE practice (i.e. delivery, curricula, content, assessment) adopted by Dub-Saharan Partner countries
  3. To explore the IPE infrastructure adopted by Sub-Saharan Partner countries
  4. To explore the IPE technology adopted by Sub-Saharan Partner countries
  5. To explore the IPE policies adopted by Sub-Saharan Partner countries
  6. To collaborate with the Interprofessional.Global in their global situational analysis project.

This Working Group negotiated an agreement with the WHO IPE team to publish regular AfrIPEN features on the WHO website to showcase IPE in Sub-Sahara Africa. We encourage collaborators to share their IPE case studies and stories for publication on the AfrIPEN and WHO websites. If you have a case study or story to share, contact Penny Orton ( requesting the prescribed template. Upon receiving your submission, it will be peer-reviewed and finalised for publication on the website.

For the year 2018, most of the efforts were directed at finding a validated questionnaire that could be used to establish the IPE needs in SSA. Initial efforts were made to Barbara Brandt from the National Centre for Interprofessional Practice and Education and  she was willing to offer the survey to us. Dr Penny Orton is in contact with the Interprofessional Global Situational Analysis Working Group to see if they could also provide us with the validated questionnaire. A decision is yet to be made concerning which questionnaire to select.

During the first half of 2019 the protocol needs editing especially the methodology which will need to be re written to incorporate the envisaged phases of the project and possibly narrow the selection of institutions where the study is to be conducted (this is for pragmatic reasons and feasibility, electronic surveys are considered as the initial method was interviews).

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