AfrIPEN

African Interprofessional Education Network

Background

AfrIPEN is a consensus-based partnership advocating for the establishment of interprofessional education and collaborative practice as an integral part of mainstream health professions education. Established in 2015, the brings together individuals, organisations, ministries, and regulatory bodies related to interprofessional education. Since then, the organisation has grown through leaps and bounds to include membership across various institutions and countries in the continent and abroad.

Leadership

Champion Nyoni is the current Facilitator and Chair of the broader AfrIPEN board with 20 members that represent various working groups, various regions of the continent and students. An executive committee that supports the operationalisation of the AfrIPEN meets regularly and is inclusive of the Chair, the deputy Chair, the Treasurer, Secretary, and a Co-opted member. This committee is responsible for the day to day running of the network.

Activities

The following has been the main activities of AfrIPEN since 2019

  • A newsletter that is released quarterly that showcases IPE events in the continent 
  • Virtual capacity development activities that have feature local and global colleagues who speak about IPE
  • The AfrIPEN conference which was hosted for the first time through a virtual platform 
  • Managed our membership and increased the potential partnership across come key players and organisations within Africa
  • Managed our communications via social media platforms

Plans

The next two years of AfrIPEN have the following activities planned. 

    • Create a repository for IPE activities, resources, and artifacts within AfrIPEN website 
    • Host a student competition including all students in Africa for a virtual IPE event 
    • Develop capacity of members through IPE sessions linking such sessions with events at IP.global 
    • Communicate with a broader audience all AfrIPEN activities via a flyer, newsletter, and social media
    • Disseminate IPE research activities through a biennial conference with the AfrIPEN 2023 conference to be held in Malawi
    • Unpacking a collaborative research agenda for IPE for the continent 
    • Strengthen our regional partnerships 
    • Enhance our membership strategies

The AfrIPEN People

  1. Champion N. Nyoni, University of the Free State (South Africa) Chairperson and Facilitator
  2. Firdouza Waggie, University of the Western Cape (South Africa)
  3. Elize Pietersen, University of Cape Town (South Africa)
  4. Helga Lister, University of Pretoria (South Africa)
  5. Judy Khanyola, University of Global Health Equity (Rwanda)
  6. Gibson Masache, University of Malawi, (Malawi)
  7. Shalote Chipamaunga, University of Zimbabwe, (Zimbabwe)
  8. Gerard Fillies, University of the Western Cape (South Africa)
  9. Farhini Delawala, North-West University (South Africa)
  10. Nthabiseng Ramodisa, University of Pretoria (South Africa)
  11. Moselene Appel, University of Pretoria (South Africa)
  12. Jana Muller, Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
  13. Luzaan Afrika, University of the Western Cape (South Africa)
  14. Estelle Viljoen, Sefako Makgatho University (South Africa)
  15. Hanlie Pitout, Sefako Makgatho University (South Africa)
  16. Juliet Savanhu, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham (UK)
  17. Fiston, University of Rwanda (Rwanda)
  18. Penny Orton, Durban University of Technology, (South Africa)
  19. Christmal dela Christmals, North-West University, (South Africa)
  20. Renata Mosca, University of Pretoria, (South Africa)

Contact AfrIPEN

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 Interprofessional.global. 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).

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