AFRICA CENTRE FOR HEALTH LEADERSHIP
ENDING AIDS THROUGH UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE (UHC), INNOVATIVE PROGRAM MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP MASTER CLASS
27th – 29th August 2019.
Senator Albert Bassey (OBA) Hall – Opposite Sun Centre, EHE, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State
The recent findings from the National AIDS Impact and Indicator Survey(NAIIS) has shown a significant drop in HIV prevalence from 5.8% in 2001 to 1.4% in 2019. According to current estimates, Nigeria has about 1.9 million people living with HIV/AIDS. A key lesson learned from this survey report is that leadership works. The bold leadership and focused intervention by the government, civil societyorganisations, development partners and donor agencies have been largely responsible for the successes achieved so far as evidenced by the decline in HIV prevalence at the national level and across the states. Another lesson learnt is the fact that Nigeria’s HIV/AIDS burden and related data might have been largely overestimated and with accurate data now available to inform program planning, there is a ray of hope that Nigeria’s HIV/AIDS Epidemic is not insurmountable. Conversely, there are pointers to the fact that with the right leadership actions, the HIV/AIDS epidemic can actually be brought to an end such that HIV/AIDS will no longer constitute a public health and development challenge for Nigeria.
As we prepare for the last putsch to end the epidemic in Nigeria, what does this portend for leadership? What leadership actions are required now? How have we fared in terms of leadership for the response over the past two decades and what lessons can we learn to inform a revision of our response plan and priorities? How does the leadership of the health care system at al levels affect the HIV/AIDS response? What about universal health coverage issues and how are they related to leadership and coverage of the national response interventions. And finally, what can we do differently going forward as a nation, and at the state, local government and at the community levels.
Leadership is a very important issue not only in the global response to HIV/AIDS but all facets of human endeavor in all the countries of the world. Defined as the capacity to inspire people to action, leadership involves action in it entirety. People, organizations and societies cannot develop if leadership is weak. The achievements of the national HIV/AIDS program over the past years are indicative of what can happen when there is a sound and effective political leadership. While some states have recorded remarkable progress in the response, progress has been slow in others. There are persistent complaints that things could be better and we have continued to berate the leadership for not doing enough to provide access to quality HIV/AIDS services.
We are at stage in the response where there is incontrovertible evidence that the right type of leadership at all levels is positively correlated with the reduced HIV prevalence and mortality. What is required is that people at the management level of planning and implementing programs are critically aware of the situation and engage in corresponding actions that will achieve results for individuals and our communities.
Therefore this workshop is aimed at reviewing the progress made in the national response to HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, the quality of leadership at the national, states and local levels, and how the various actors can be assisted to bring about the best leadership potentials and take appropriate actions that that will see to the end HIV/AIDS epidemic in Nigeria.
We now know that this is possible because looking back over the last couple of years,we had almost lost hope that something positive and life changing could come out of the activities geared towards fighting HIV/AIDS.This was due to the exponential increasein the rate of new infections; PLWHAS were dying in their thousands due to non-availability and non-accessibility of ARVS and care and support for the patients. Today, the situation around the world is different and largely attributed to the vision and persistence of global HIV/AIDS stakeholders. We now know that legislation and policies alone cannot address this challenge but to ensure that the right type of leadership exists to translate policies and legislations into concrete action. This workshop is therefore an avenue to continue to explore the options of sustaining a leadership approach that will enable individuals to better appreciate themselves and take a personal stand to construct a different future to deal the final blow on the epidemic of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria.Very importantly, the workshop is a step towards further enhancing access to HIV/AIDS prevention services through capacity building in line with UHC’s goal of ensuring that all people have access to needed health services of sufficient quality while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship
To develop the capacity of health/HIV/AIDS program managers and focus their skills for effective response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the context of universal health coverage (UHC).
Key areas to be explored include:
The objectives of the workshop are to
Resource persons will be drawn from academia, the medical profession, highly placed researchers in health and HIV/AIDS leadership and management. Donor agencies and international development partners, representatives of government and Non-governmental organization will also give presentations
Certificate of Participation
Early Registration/A4 members registration on or before 31st July, 2019: N30,000 (Thirty Thousand Naira)
Standard Registration 1st – 15thAugust, 2019: N35,000 (Thirty five thousand Naira)
Late registration from 16th – 20th August, 2019: N40,000 (Forty Thousand Naira)
Registration covers admission to master class lectures and skills training, training materials on CD, lunch, tea breaks. Hotel accommodation is not covered and participants are to arrange their accommodation in Uyo. If you need assistance with arranging accommodation or hotel list, please call ACHL on the number provided below.
To register, transfer or pay appropriate registration fee at the bank, to Africa Centre for Health Leadership, Account Number 0041526029, Diamond Bank (Now Access Bank). Then go on the ACHL website (http://afchel.org) and follow the link to register and also send a message with evidence of payment to [email protected]
For detailed workshop concept note and further information, go to http://afchel.org; enquiries and questions about the Masterclass, please call ACHL workshop focal person on 07011496566