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Orientation and review of AFENET Strategic Plan 2017-2022

Orientation and review of AFENET Strategic Plan 2017-2022

In his opening remarks, the Director of Program, Dr Simon Antara emphasized the importance of strategic plans in guiding the growth of organizations. He stated that strategic thinking and planning provides opportunities for analysing the current situation of organisations, allows for priority setting, focuses energies and resources towards attaining organisational goals, gives direction, outlines measurable goals, guides decision-making and provides for evaluation of progress. He also emphasised that, strategic plans by themselves do not automatically bring about the desired changes in organizations. “A successful strategic planning process has implementation steps and measures that allow for the engagement of staff and monitoring of progress at regular intervals. He said the commitment of staff towards the successful implementation of the plan is paramount in the achieving the AFENET’s strategic objectives.

Mr Humphrey Kabugo, AFENET’s Monitoring and Evaluation Officer outlined the strategic planning process in the formulation of the current strategic plan. He said that in order to formulate the current AFENET Strategic Plan, several engagements and activities were conducted to generate the needed information. These include the end-term-evaluation of the previous AFENET Strategic Plan that was implemented from 2012 -2016; strategic planning meetings with staff including Program Directors, Resident Advisors, Administrators, Finance and Audit staff (from both the Secretariat and country programs) and partners such as CDC and review of annual reports. He said the Ministerial Resolutions on AFENET passed by Africa Ministers of Health in Abuja in 2016 also guided the formulation of the Strategic Plan that will guide the operation of AFENET for the next five years. He outlined the strategic priorities of the current Strategic Plan as follows:

  1. Priority 1: Strengthening Public Health Surveillance, Disease outbreaks and Public Health Emergency Response
  2. Priority 2: Enhancing resource mobilization, institutional development & sustainability
  3. Priority 3: Strengthening capacity in Health System Research and Evaluation
  4. Priority 4: Building Capacity for Prevention & response to Global Priority Diseases and Climate Change Issues
  5. Priority 5: Developing & Implementing Monitoring and Evaluation frameworks and plans with Continuous Quality Improvement

The AFENET strategic plan 2017-2022 is derived from the AFENET strategic plan 2012-2016, emphasizing the strategic priorities for the next five years to enable AFENET achieve its objectives. The drafting process actively commenced in 2016 with a strategic planning meeting held in September 2016 in Kampala, Uganda.

The 2017 – 2022 AFENET strategic plan is a result of contributions gleaned from discussions with Resident Advisors, Program Directors, technical and administrative staff from AFENET member programs as well as insights and recommendations taken from the end term evaluation report of the previous strategic plan. AFENET annual reports, and the Ministerial Resolutions on AFENET ratified in Abuja in 2016 also formed a part of the document review in the initial stages of the drafting process. Five strategic priorities were selected at the end of the drafting process.

The five strategic priorities of the AFENET strategic plan 2017-2022 are:

  1. Priority 1: Strengthening Public Health Surveillance, Disease outbreaks and Public Health Emergency Response
  2. Priority 2: Enhancing resource mobilization, institutional development & sustainability
  3. Priority 3: Strengthening capacity in Health System Research and Evaluation
  4. Priority 4: Building Capacity for Prevention & response to Global Priority Diseases and Climate Change Issues
  5. Priority 5: Developing & Implementing Monitoring and Evaluation frameworks and plans with Continuous Quality Improvement

Various facilitators took turns to explain the different parts of the Strategic Plan to staff. The facilitators included the Director of Administration Mr Christopher Tanui, Director for Audit and Risk Management Mr Muchengeti Bwakura, Grants Officer/Epidemiologist Dr Rebecca Babirye, Senior Epidemiologist Dr Nicholas Ayebazibwe, Epidemiologist Dr Ben Masiira, Monitoring and Evaluation Ms Olivia Bbombokka, Project Coordinator Dr Wilbrod Mwanje, Scientific Writer Dr Christine Kihembo and Midlevel Editor Mr Allan Mwesiga.

Ms. Olivia Bbombokka, presented on developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation frameworks and plans with continuous quality improvement. This is important in tracking progress. Mr Humphrey Kabugo, took time to discuss corporate work plans, He also explain how to develop unit and individual work plans that will contribute to the overall attainment of the strategic objectives.

Participants rigorously discussed the various aspects of the strategic plan and provided meaningful feedback useful for the successful implementation of the plan.

In his closing remarks, the Director of Programs, Dr Simon Antara appreciated the great engagement and useful feedback by participants. He urged all staff to commit diligently towards the successful implementation of the strategic plan and the attainment of the strategic objectives.

Year One of the AFENET strategic plan 2017-2022 started on 1 October 2017 and will end on 30 September 2018. Year Five will start on 1 October 2021 and end on 30 September 2022. For further information on AFENET Strategic Plan 2018-2022, please contact Mr Humphrey Kabugo: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Mrs Olivia Bbombokka This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.