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Building the Capacity of African Primary Care Representatives to Transform Health Systems

The Strategic Innovation for Community Health program has taken place for the first time in Nairobi, Kenya last week, November 13th to 18th. This program, jointly developed in partnership with INSEAD, offers a deep-dive into opportunities to further develop the leadership and innovation capacity of key primary care representatives across Africa – realising their vital role in building the resilience of communities and health systems.

STICH 2017 participants in the classroom in Nairobi, Kenya. 

Historically implemented in Abu Dhabi, the program has recently been moved to Kenya as a result of the increased attention and attendance of primary care representatives across Africa. This first pilot saw 38 representatives from 14 countries embark into this journey of self-guided discovery – mixing countries at all levels of socioeconomic development phases and performance of their health workforce. As stated in the Global strategy on human resources for health: Workforce 2030 – “The Health priorities of the post-2015 agenda for sustainable development – such as ending AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria; achieving drastic reductions in maternal mortality; expanding access to essential surgical services; ending preventable deaths of newborns and children under-5; reducing premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases; promoting mental health; addressing chronic diseases and guaranteeing Universal Health Coverage – will remain aspirational unless accompanied by strategies involving transformational efforts on health workforce capability.” [i]

STICH 2017 graduating class. 

As pointed out by one of the participants, “health is about people – and health systems are about change makers and systems entrepreneurs who are positively shaking health processes”. Participants were representing several stakeholder groups, from private sector provider, to public entities, government representatives, social enterprises and national associations offering a broad range of representatives across several eco-systems driven to strengthen and/or transform health systems.

Participants were exposed to key components of innovation such as change management, business model innovation, design thinking, allowing them to rethink health system delivery and gain core competencies to implement innovative thinking.


[i] the Global strategy on human resources for health: Workforce 2030 –