Description: Background Health systems across Africa remain weak, in spite of the vast sums of money spent on health system development and health care delivery by international aid organisations and governments. Some of the reasons for this include a lack of coordinated working by the different stakeholders in the health sector, as well as support that often does not align with the health care priorities of African countries. Also priority health research into local health needs is insufficient. Consequently health programming on the continent is most often not evidence-based, resulting in ineffective and inefficient health interventions and poor health care delivery. Health worker migration has also proven to be a significant contributor to keeping Africa's health systems inherently weak. What is Afri-Impact? Afri-impact is a project that aims to impact on health improvements on the African continent by profiling a wide range of health projects, opinions and ideas in a manner that positively contributes to health system development and health care delivery. It has as part of its remit, to positively impact on evidence-based health improvements on the continent by achieving exposure for health projects regardless of size, and promoting the sharing of information. It utilizes its platform including its presence on social media to proffer not only perspective, but also generate discussion about global health issues especially as it affects Africa and Africans. What is Afri-Impact's mission? The mission of Afri-Impact is to organise and profile knowledge and experience in a manner that serves as a catalyst for improvements to health systems across Africa. To fulfil its mission, Afri-Impact pursues the following strategic objectives: To establish and maintain a means of profiling the work of health personnel and organisations involved in sustainable health systems development and health care delivery on the continent. To profile the work of Diaspora health institutions actively engaged in partnership working with health institutions on the continent To establish a channel of communication and experience sharing between health personnel and organisations working on similar health projects on the continent, thus ensuring the sharing of lessons learned as well as best practices. To facilitate a process of matching specific public health skill sets within Africa and the Diaspora to institutions and projects in Africa with specific health care development and delivery needs. To facilitate a process of stakeholder peer support. Authors Enyi Anosike Enyi Anosike Enyi Anosike is a medical doctor with training and experience in the fields of Tropical Medicine and Public Health. He is creator of the Afri-Impact project, an idea conceived on the back of his experiences training and working as a medical doctor in Africa, with an interest not just in clinical care, but also in contributing to developing systems of health care delivery sensitive to the population dynamics as well as aspirations of African countries. Enyi's extensive tutoring and interactions with colleagues and experts in the fields of health services quality management and health systems development have also played an important part in shaping the thrust of Afri-Impact. Enyi currently serves as a Trustee and Chair of training unit of AmaudoUK, a U.K based charity actively involved in mental health services development in Nigeria, West Africa. He is also a Trustee of the Public Health Foundation of Nigeria. Oke Anosike Oke Anosike Oke Anosike is a project developer, process Engineer and blogger, and he currently holds the position of senior process engineer within the pharmaceutical industry. He is a co-creator of Afri-impact, and serves as project manager of the project. Oke who is Nigerian, is one of a wave of young Africans that are utilizing the power of networking and web-enabled openness to help move the continent forward. Oke sees connecting, profiling and sharing experiences as a means of breaking the cycle of poverty, under- development and exploitation that currently bedevils Africa, and this has motivated his involvement in the Afri-Impact project. Oke's blog 'anosikeeng' utilizes a simplified approach to answering process and project engineering questions which often bother graduate Engineers. In his day job, Oke's significant contribution to the energy industry has led to the rapid growth of environmentally friendly evaporative cooling units that serve U.K's manufacturing sector. The Afri Impact team The Afri Impact team The Afri Impact team includes contributors to the 'Perspectives' and 'projects' section of the website
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