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, the GRIN2Theory, etc.
  • Conduct collaborative research to inform IPE in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Plans for next 2 years

  • Develop AfrIPEN’s organisational capacity and structure.
  • Conduct a survey on what Institutions have available on IPE and what is needed regarding IPE.
  • Compile a collection of our IPE stories from Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Produce generic IPE policies and guidelines that can be adapted by various authorities to promote and endorse IPE.
  • Create a web-based platform to share IPE learning and teaching resources
    Develop short course for IPE facilitators.
  • Develop a collaborative research framework and grant application(s) for AfrIPEN
    Contribute to a themed edition on IPE in Sub-Saharan Africa for the Journal of Interprofessional Care

Five Working Groups are collaborating on plans to realise these priorities.

Contact Person
Norbet Boruett
Yvonne Botma
Gérard Filies
Judy Khanyola
Milika Matiti
Mmoloki Molwantwa
Gerda Reitsma
Bongi Sibanda
Stefanus Snyman
Firdouza Waggie

Interprofessional.Global Representative

Dr Stefanus Snyman (Occupational Medicine Practitioner)
M.B., Ch.B; DOM; MPhil (HealthScEd)
Research Associate: Nelson Mandela University

Stefanus is facilitator of AfrIPEN. He is a health professions educationist and researcher with experience in competency-based interprofessional education and collaborative practice. He qualified as an occupational medicine practitioner with a special interest in the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. He is member of the Functioning and Disability Reference Group of WHO, GRIN2Theory and the Advisory Board of the Journal of Interprofessional Care.

He has the following responsibilities in Interprofessional.Global:

  • Member of Facilitation Team and Communication Working Group
  • Facilitator of Finance & Funding Working Group