AfriWon

AfriWon

AfriWon RENAISSANCE is the African organisation for young and future general practitioners /family physicians under the aegis of WONCA Africa region. It was launched in Prague June 2013 at the WONCA World conference.

All undergraduates interested in the specialty of general practice and family medicine, postgraduates in it and young doctors in the first five years after specialisation in GP/FM in the WONCA Africa region are eligible to become members.

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Convenor / Chair

Dr Nana Kwame Ayisi-Boateng (Ghana)

Dr Nana Kwame Ayisi-Boateng is a Family Physician, graduated in 2018 as a Fellow of the Ghana College of Physicians (FGCP). 

He is a Lecturer at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana. He is involved in the training of 4th and final year undergraduate medical students. 

He is also a trainer of Family Medicine residents at the post-graduate level. His passion is making Family Medicine a relevant speciality in Africa and promoting efficient delivery of primary care. 

On a weekly basis, he runs a Family Medicine Clinic at the University Hospital, KNUST, where he provides attention to patients with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, sickle cell disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis. 

Since 2018, he has served as the chair of AfriWon Renaissance, the Young Doctors’ Movement (YDM) of the World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA) – Africa region. Through AfriWon Renaissance, He has been part of efforts to develop the research skills of young family doctors through the AfriWon Research Collaboration (ARC) project. His research interests are in Medical Education, infectious diseases or Tropical Medicine.

He has  been a Trial Clinician, Site Coordinator or Principal Investigator in COVID-19 Vaccine Trial, Clinical Trials in Lymphatic Filariasis/Onchocerciasis and other studies in Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS). 

He currently has 21 publications in refereed journals. In 2019, the Society of Family Physicians of Ghana (SOFPOG) honoured me with the 5-Star Doctor Award for my ‘enormous contribution to health care as a care provider, a decision-maker, a communicator, a community leader and a team member. 

His hobbies are playing tennis, reading and travelling with my family on vacations.

Co-Convenor or other office bearers

Dr Joy Mugambi (Kenya) - Past Chair
Dr Kayode Alao (Nigeria) – Ex-Officio.
Dr Aramide Olateju (Nigeria) – Vice Chair (West African Region)
Dr Owen Eales (South Africa) – Vice Chair (South African Region)
Dr Boateng-Ayisi Kwame (Ghana) – General Secretary
Dr Ore Makinde (Nigeria) – Assistant General Secretary
Dr Priscilla Vandyck (Ghana) – Financial Secretary
Dr Kenneth Yakubu (Nigeria) – Image and Education Theme Group Lead
Dr Miriam Miima (Kenya) – Research Theme Group Lead
Dr Honore Faton (Benin) – Beyond Africa Theme Group Lead
Dr Rene Kabera (Rwanda) – Exchange Theme Group Lead

AfriWon National Representatives:

These represent the interests and activities of AfriWon at the various young doctor movements of their countries. The aim is to offer AfriWon as a regional platform for collaborative efforts aimed at promoting family medicine in the region. The Representatives include the following:

Dr Abdulraheem AbdulRasheed – Nigeria
Dr Nthusi-Nthula – Kenya
Dr Modai Mnenula – Malawi
Dr Emanuel Ati – Ghana
Dr Nancy Matillya – Tanzania
Dr Lillian Mukisa – Uganda
Dr Cherifa Sururu - Zimbabwe

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Vision and Mission

Objectives

The main objective of AfriWon RENAISSANCE is to organize young and future GPs/FM through:

  • Providing a forum in support for trainees and young GPs / FPs in Africa.

  • Developing family medicine and primary health care in Africa in service, training and research amongst young doctors.

  • Establishing a communication network between African trainees and young GPs / FPs and identifying their concerns, doubts and needs and helping to address them.

  • Encouraging a global and youthful African perspective, with global exposure and leadership development.

Activities

Alongside our objectives, the following are 2016-2018 strategic themes that will guide our activities for the next two years:
1. Membership growth
2. Advocacy for young African family physicians
3. Communication and Publicity
4. Research capacity building
5. Exchange Collaboration
6. Resources Mobilisation/Financing

Key AfriWon activities are as follows:
• A current membership drive is ongoing through this link: https://goo.gl/forms/Ip5x42Ygn0CNz98s2 The aim is to have a complete database for young FPs and FM trainees in Africa.
• While the above link is for young FPs and FM trainees in Africa, engagement with interested stakeholders (e.g. Medical officers, Medical students, Nurses, Pharmacists etc) will continue on our Telegram and Twitter accounts.
• Our Facebook account provides an avenue for interaction and collaboration among young FPs and FM trainees within Africa and beyond. It is also an avenue to engage with members of other YDMs as well as Senior FPs
• We are interested in developing country-based AfriWon membership, structures and activities across Africa. This will include building National structures aimed at promoting the activities of the Theme groups in the various African countries. Indeed, this will take our vision closer to the young African FPs and Trainees.
• We are also working at fostering a collaborative relationship between AfriWon and its parent body- WONCA Africa. This collaboration will also include WONCA Member Organisations in all African countries.
• We also have begun promoting Young Family Doctor Exchanges within Africa. This will include intra-country Exchanges as well as intra-regional and international exchanges.
• The first official AfriWon Exchange will hold on the 16th of August, 2017 while our second pre-conference (#AfriWon2017) will hold on the 17th of August, 2017 at Pretoria, South Africa.

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