Enabling the growth and transformation of Africa’s health sector

Health Ecosystems (HECO)

The Health Ecosystems Pillar enables students and professionals to acquire advanced skills in a broad range of disciplines critical for sustainable health sector growth and transformation in Africa.

Impact of Ecosystems on Africa

To enhance the stability and growth of African health sectors, HECO focuses on increasing the number of primary healthcare workers with stable employment by assembling essential building blocks for these sectors.

The purpose of the Health Ecosystems Pillar is to train and prepare a new generation of talented health professionals with the broad sets of skills required to drive equitable and inclusive growth in Africa.

The Health Collaborative develops these building blocks to ensure that there are always sufficient numbers of highly skilled, work-ready graduates across a spectrum of disciplines responding to Africa’s needs.

Programs under the Health Ecosystem Pillar are tailored to equip young leaders with the perspective, skills, training, and credentials essential for developing innovative, sustainable, and equitable health sectors.

The Power of Partnership

Our Goal

Train professionals across a broad range of disciplines critical for sustainable and equitable health-sector growth.

How HECO and Partners work together

Under the Health Ecosystems Pillar, Health Collaborative Partners work to co-create and train a new generation of talented health professionals with advanced skills required to drive equitable and inclusive growth in Africa. 

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Centre for Reimagined Africa (CRA)

University of Toronto

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Research & Innovation

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Needs Assessment Research Study 

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

For International Women’s Day, women Scholars from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology University (KNUST) celebrate the incredible women diligently working within the Health Collaborative to impact lives.

Health in Africa Series – Stinking Toilets, Civilized Users: Towards a Function-Based Indicator of Progress on Sanitation in Informal Settlements

The University of Toronto is pleased to invite you to attend the session of the Health in Africa Series, entitled “Stinking Toilets, Civilized Users: Towards a Function-Based Indicator of Progress on Sanitation in Informal Settlements”, presented by Kwame Norvixoxo, a Faculty member, Chair of the Research and Ethics Committee and Project Manager for the African Leadership University Health Collaborative project.

Health in Africa Series: Gold or Health? Ghana’s Environment Under Seige

The University of Toronto is pleased to invite you to attend the session of the Health in Africa Series, entitled “Gold or Health? Ghana’s environment under siege”, presented by Prof. Ellis Owusu-Dabo, a Public Health Physician, Consultant Research Scientist, and Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi.

2023 Annual Convening in Cape Town, South Africa

The University of Cape Town (UCT) proudly hosted the inaugural Health Collaborative Convening from October 15th to 17th, 2023, at the scenic Protea Hotel by Marriott, Waterfront Breakwater Lodge in Cape Town, South Africa.

2022 U of T & Africa Summit

In June 2022, the university hosted a two-day summit that brought together representatives from the Africa Higher Education Health Collaborative, and other organizations to discuss ideas for partnerships that address some of the most important issues facing Africa and Canada.

2023 Baobab Summit

The Baobab Summit is a virtual event that celebrates the power of youth leadership, individual action, and positive social change across Africa.

2023 U of T & Africa Virtual Summit

This event built upon University of Toronto’s strategic framework for deeper engagement with Africa and commitment to advancing emerging African priorities.

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Senior Regional Lead

tak.koguchi@utoronto.ca

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Program Manager, Mastercard Foundation

suying.hugh@utoronto.ca

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Tak Koguchi

Senior Regional Lead

University of Toronto

Tak is Senior Regional Lead (Africa) and Co-lead for the Health Ecosystems Pillar in the AHEHC for the University of Toronto (U of T). 

As Pillar Co-Lead, his role focuses on establishing collaborative certificate and short course programs to train professionals in a wide range of disciplines critical for sustainable and equitable health-sector growth in Africa. As member of the collaborative’s Secretariat, he plays an active role in supporting the network’s collective activities and governance.  In his capacity of Senior Regional Lead, he is responsible for growing U of T’s engagement with Sub-Sahara Africa. Tak is a graduate of U of T (BA) and York University (MPPAL).  

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Suying Hugh, Doctorate in Education, EdD.

Program Manager, Mastercard Foundation

University of Toronto

Suying Hugh is the Program Manager for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.

In her role, Suying oversees the day-to-day management of the scholarship and the students. A dedicated student life professional, Suying’s many years of experience focuses on enhancing the student experience and more specifically the international student experience. Her research interests focus on migration and the movement of talent. As the Program Manager of the Scholars Program, she understands the commitment of the scholarship to developing human capacity in Africa.