The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) is the recipient for the 2020 Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) – Charles Boelen International Social Accountability Award.
The award was received by the TUFH Secretary General, Dr. Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde who is also the Director of Medical Education and Development at the African Center for Global Health and Social Transformation(ACHEST).
In the virtual award ceremony held on Sunday, April 18th 2021, Dr. Kiguli-Malwadde said: “It is an honour for me to receive the Charles Boelen social accountability award.”
This award celebrates accomplishments reflecting the principles of social accountability as defined in the Global Consensus for Social Accountability of Medical Schools (www.healthsocialaccountability.org).
Winners are selected basing their focuses response to the priority health needs of citizens and society in education research and/or service delivery missions, consistent with values of quality, equity, relevance and effectiveness. They should also have work in respect to the social determinants of health; a strong partnership with the main health stakeholders for efficient synergy in health development; and use of proper evaluation indices and mechanisms to assess the impact of the academic institution on health system performance and population health status. The criteria also looks at the contributions made to national and relevant subnational policies in support to academic institutions engaged in actions for greater societal impact.
To this regard, AFMC on its website (https://ct.enews.afmc.ca/ext/page/hmdbknln noted that TUFH had done outstanding work.
“The TUFH Social Accountability and Accreditation Taskforce established the foundation (i.e technology amplification, knowledge sharing, case-based e-learning) for a global community of practice resulting in a global policy paper with concrete local action recommendations to inform policy makers and country change agents. The taskforce is committed to addressing the needs of the most vulnerable populations by creating communication and knowledge sharing e-learning platforms for global and national interprofessional and intersectoral communities of practice that build each participant’s respective capacity,” AFMC stated.
Watch the virtual award ceremony here: