Each SPH in the Africa hub is headed by a Dean who is responsible for the Africa hub activities at that School. To help them achieve this, each Dean appoints a Focal person who is responsible for offering leadership and spearheading implementation of Hub activities and programs at that institution. The forum of Deans from all the SPH is the highest decision making organ of the hub, offering strategic direction. The over-all coordination and day-to-day running of the Africa-Hub is with Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) that hosts the secretariat.
The secretariat, reports to the Future Health systems (FHS) Consortium- through which funding from DFID is received. This is done by providing Hub wide work-plan, budget, accountabilities and other documentation as may be required. FHS therefore provides annual funding depending on satisfactory progress.
The secretariat (MakSPH) is headed by the Hub Director (Dean MakSPH). However, an Africa-Hub coordinator is appointed by the Director, to ensure the day-to-day operations of the Hub. Among others, the Africa-Hub coordinator oversees the seven institutions, and works closely with Focal persons to implement activities. Focal persons formulate annual implementation plans and draw budgets for their respective schools, which are then approved by the Africa-Hub coordinator for funding from the Secretariat. The coordinator must ascertain that the work-plans present activities that are in line with addressing health systems Research capacity gaps that exist at their institution.
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