Afya Bora Consortium Fellowship

The Afya Bora Consortium Fellowship works to fill the identified gap in training for African and U.S. health
professionals working in global health.  This innovative fellowship will prepare African and U.S. health
professionals to lead and manage major health programs in their own countries and will develop a
sustainable training program owned by a South-South Consortium which will improve delivery of
health-related services and may counter emigration of African health professionals.  

About the Afya Bora Consortium

In 2008, a consortium of 4 African and 4 US universities was formed to create a model program to
provide future global health leaders with practical skills that are currently not part of traditional
training in the health professions.  The group has adopted the name Afya Bora Consortium (Swahili for
"Better Health") to reflect the goal of an Africa-centered fellowship that brings together
institutions from the South to create a sustainable program utilizing educational and training
resources at all 8 academic centers.  During the last year, intensive planning for a pilot fellowship
and a full 2-year fellowship has been conducted in Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and the US.
Activities have included core curriculum development, mentoring workshops, and design of retention
strategies and a monitoring and evaluation system.  

The Afya Bora Consortium is a collaboration between 8 academic health centers, four in Africa and four in
the United States.  The four pairs are:
  • Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, and Johns Hopkins University
  • Muhimbili University of Health and Allied  Sciences, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and the University of California, San Francisco
  • University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana, and the University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya, and the University of Washington

2011 Pilot Fellowship
The purpose of the Afya Bora Fellowship is to provide trainees with a set of practical skills that
will prepare them for leadership positions in government, non-government, and academic health
institutions in developing countries.  Trainees will be enrolled in a Pilot of the 2 year Fellowship,
which will be composed of 2 components: 1) 6-week Core Curriculum (modules   include:  Leadership
Skills, Program and Project Management, Implementation Science and Health Systems Research,
Monitoring and Evaluation, Information Technology and Health Informatics, Communications and Media Skills);
and 2)two 3-month assignments to Attachment Sites (e.g. Ministry of Health, NGO, etc.) in African Countries.

For more information, click here for the Afya Bora Homepage