African Interprofessional Education Network

The African Interprofessional Education Network (AfrIPEN) is a consensus-based partnership between various institutions and individuals 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.


  • Recruit and mobilise policy makers, professional bodies, institutional leadership, faculty, service providers, funders and other stakeholders to advance IPE in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Collaborate in identifying, developing, adapting and sharing IPE resources for the Sub-Saharan African context.
  • Utilise relevant global, regional and national networks and platforms to create an awareness of and mobilisation around IPE.
  • Advocate for and facilitate the inclusion of IPE into scopes of practice of all professions represented in the workforce for health in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Advocate for and facilitate the integration of interprofessional collaborative competencies into health workforce curricula offered by higher education institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Advocate for, promote and facilitate the cultivation of IPE values and competencies among faculty, preceptors, health and social care workers in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Participate in international networks informing best practice models including, but not limited, to the Interprofessional.Global, the World Health Organization, InterprofessionalResearch.Global, etc.
  • Conduct collaborative research to inform IPE in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The AfrIPEN People

Champion Nyoni
University of Free State (Facilitator and Chairperson)
Gerda Reitsma
North-West University (Secretary & Treasurer)
Elize Pietersen
University of Cape Town (Impact Working Group)
Gibson Masache
University of Malawi (Impact Working Group)
Firdouza Waggie
University of the Western Cape (Policy Working Group)
Doreen Mukona
University of Zimbabwe (Regional – SA)
Judy Khanyola
ICAP Kenya (Regional – EA)
Penny Orton
Durban University of Technology (Situational Working Group)
Helga Lister
University of Pretoria (Capacity Development Working Group)
Immaculate Chamangwana
University of Malawi (Capacity Development Working Group)
Wallace Mugambi
Kenya (Situational Working Group)
Elizabeth Chodzaza
University of Malawi (Capacity Development Working Group)

Interprofessional.Global Representative

Champion N. Nyoni (Chairperson)
RN, BSc N (Hons), M Soc. Sc. (Nursing), MHPE cum laude, PhD)

Champion is the Facilitator of AfrIPEN and representative in He is a Senior Researcher at the School of Nursing of the University of the Free State in South Africa. He is originally from Zimbabwe, where he did his undergraduate education. He has practiced in three sub-Saharan African countries and been involved in health professions education specifically in faculty development, competency-based education and sustaining curricular innovations. He is a fellow and faculty of the sub-Sahara Africa FAIMER regional institute (SAFRI) and holds an International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME).