The vision is to:
Leverage the strengths of Peoples-uni alumni who are based in a number of frontline and policy organizations in Africa, and join with others, to build an African Institute of Public Health
The goals of this Institute will include:
An alumni-led identification and prioritization of problems that need to be addressed by the African and the global public health communities through research and evidence;
Creation of ongoing “space” (forums etc) with key African policy makers to support and spread the buy-in from governing organizations of the prioritized problems;
Build ongoing connections with leading Public Health academics (and academic organizations) to develop a research agenda around the prioritized problems;
Utilize the social capital of both the existent alumni network and the invited policy and academic network members to develop actions and strategies around the prioritized areas for action.
Education – to build on the expertise of the Alumni (and similar) to 'snowball' capacity building through online courses (such as those available through Peoples-uni http://courses.peoples-uni.org and its sister Open Online Courses http://ooc.peoples-uni.org), hybrid courses with face-to-face components, and short courses.
Gaps that such an Institute could fill
Requirement for Public Health research, education, evidence based practice and advocacy in developing country populations, using the power of collaboration.
Utilisation of IT infrastructure which is being developed for Africa through National Research and Education Networks.
Skills, social and intellectual capital of graduates with MPH are not fully utilised. Evolution of educational programmes such as Peoples-uni to ensure sustainability and growth to meet the needs of populations in developing countries.
We encourage anyone who is interested to join and partner with this enterprise. Guests can access the site, as well as read the discussions, but to contribute to the discussions, please log in to the Peoples-uni courses site.
- Starting the discussion
To start the conversation, please see the discussion paper, and join the discussion below
- Maternal and Child Health
This section is to develop a project on Maternal and Child Health. You can contribute to the discussion and follow posts from others. We can upload any documents and working papers here.
- Developing ideas for a webinar series