The USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health and the USC Gehr Family Center for Health Systems Science and Innovation hosted a virtual lecture featuring Professor Joachim Osur, vice chancellor at Amref International University and director of regional projects and field offices at Amref Health Africa. Professor Osur explores historical perspectives of health inequality and what it will take for health equality to be achievable in the African context.
Health inequality is a widely recognized and growing problem around the world, especially in low- and middle-income countries. Amref Health Africa, the continent’s largest African nongovernmental health organization, has worked on community health since 1957. Their affiliated university — Amref International University — provides public health education and training, drawing on lessons learned from the NGO’s work.
Amref Health Africa is the primary partner for the USC Africa Hub that was launched by USC IIGH in 2020. Engaging students and faculty, the Hub fuels collaborative, mutually beneficial partnerships with community-based health organizations to better understand and promote effective health interventions across Africa. Collaborative projects with these organizations address issues such as COVID-19, self-care initiatives for sexual and reproductive health, the role of community health workers, and the importance of the broader legal and policy environment.