Enhancing the skilled healthcare workforce in Africa

Health Employment
(HEMP)

The Health Employment Pillar builds the capacity and skills of primary health care workers to meet growing demand, and to contribute to the extension of health systems that employ and retain this primary care workforce.

Impact of Employment on Africa

The Health Employment Pillar (HEMP) addresses the chronic mismatch between the demand for healthcare and the supply of a skilled health workforce in Africa, aiming to bridge this crucial gap.

In the HEMP pillar, our university partners initially identify critical skills gaps within national health systems, subsequently developing and delivering bespoke academic and professional training for primary healthcare workers and health professionals.

The inclusion of community health workers in these capacity-building programs remains a key strategy for supporting improved health delivery services at all levels. A focal point of HEMP is enhancing the leadership capacities of women in the health and public health sectors, thereby addressing gender inequities in Africa’s health human resources.

The diverse array of programs collaboratively created and implemented under HEMP plays a crucial role in cultivating an empowered and proficient health workforce, pivotal for responsive and efficient health systems.

The Power of Partnership

Our Goal

Expand capacity to train primary health care workers to meet growing demand.

How HEMP and Partners work together

Under the Health Employment Pillar, Health Collaborative Partners co-create medical residencies, and academic and professional programs, leveraging a ‘Train the Trainers’ (ToT) approach to significantly expand the number of skilled primary healthcare professionals.

Explore HEMP Activities

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Leaders in Health: DFCM [name not confirmed yet]

University of Toronto

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Leaders in Health: Global Nursing Program

University of Toronto

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Leaders in Health: Junior Faculty Development

University of Toronto

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Leaders in Health: TBC

University of Toronto

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Leaders in Health: Women Global Health Leadership Fellowship

University of Toronto

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Leaders in Public Health: Epidemiology of Communicable Diseases Training Program

University of Toronto

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MPH/ MSc. in Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)

University of Toronto

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PhD in Field Epidemiology & Biostatistics

University of Toronto

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PhD in Non-Communicable Diseases

University of Toronto

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Research & Innovation

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Needs Assessment Research Study 

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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 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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Regional Lead (Health Employment), International Research Officer

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Marie Therese Ndiaye, PhD

Regional Lead (Health Employment), International Research Officer

University of Toronto

Ms. Marie Therese Yaba Ndiaye is the Regional Lead, Health Employment at the Office of Vice President International at the University of Toronto.

She leads the implementation of the Health Employment Pillar of the African Higher Education Health Collaborative, which aims to expand the capacity to train primary healthcare workers to meet growing demand in Africa. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, she worked with USAID, World Food Programme, and community-based organizations on climate resilience and humanitarian assistance programming. In those positions, she covered and traveled widely in West and Central African countries. She holds a Ph.D. in Rural Sociology and can work in French, English, and Portuguese.