Keynote Speakers

Dr Prosper Tumusiime

Acting Director, Health Systems and Services Cluster, WHO Regional Office for Africa

Dr Prosper Tumusiime has since August 2018 been the Acting Director of the Health Systems and Services Cluster in the Regional Office for Africa Office for WHO, based in Brazzaville, Congo. Prior to this he was the Team Leader of the Service Delivery Systems Unit of the Health Systems and Services Cluster in the WHO Regional Office for Africa, since August 2016. He had been, for a period of 10 years, the Medical Officer, Health Policies and Services Delivery and Head of the Health Systems Cluster in the Inter-Country Support Team for East and Southern Africa in World Health Organization, based in Harare, Zimbabwe, covering 20 countries.

He is a medical doctor and completed his studies in Medicine in 1982 at Makerere University, Uganda. After obtaining postgraduate training in public health at the School of Public Health, Makerere University, Uganda, he practiced in public health as District Medical Officer and later joined the Ministry of Local Government in 1987 where he became Director for Rural and Urban Health Services.  In 1989, Dr Tumusiime obtained a PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1994.

He returned to Uganda to serve in the same position in the Ministry of Local Government until 1998 when he re-joined the Ministry of Health at National level as Assistant Commissioner in charge of Planning. He then left the Ministry of Health in Uganda in 2000 to join AMREF as Senior Program Development Officer but later in the same year joined the World Health Organization at the Regional Office for Africa, where he worked both in Harare and Brazzaville for a period of 6 years as the Regional Advisor for District Health Systems until he was redeployed to the Inter-country Support Team in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Dr Tumusiime has had extensive experience in the area of health systems and services at all levels, local, national and international. He has worked with Governments and partners in countries in development of heath policies, strategies and supported capacity building at sub-national level. His work currently focuses on improving health service delivery in the context of Universal Health Coverage.

He is married with four children, one son and three daughters, and three grandchildren.

Prosper’s keynote: WHO AFRO’s call for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice to help deliver Universal Health Coverage

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Professor Ian Couper

Since 2016, Dr Ian Couper is Director of the Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health (CRH) and Professor of Rural Health in the Department of Global Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University (SU). This follows more than thirteen years at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, where he was director of the Wits Centre for Rural Health, and Head: Clinical Unit (Family medicine) in the North West Provincial Department of Health. He served an extended term as academic head of the Wits Department of Family Medicine (2009-2015).

Prior to moving to the North West province, he worked at the remote Manguzi Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal province for 9 years. He was active in the formation of the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa (RuDASA) in 1997, and chaired the international Working Party on Rural Practice of the World Organisation of Family Doctors (Wonca) from 2007 to 2013.

Under his leadership, Ukwanda CRH is driving innovation, training, collaborative care and research in rural health, with the mission of “making a difference to rural health care through empowering students, health workers and communities for wellness”.

He is also engaged in teaching and research in the SU Centre for Health Professions Education. He serves as editor of the African section of the international journal Rural and Remote Health and as an associate editor of the journal BMC Medical Education, and was an editor of the international Guidebook on Rural Medical Education, published in 2014.

He was a member of the national task team to develop the clinical associate (ClinA) programme in South Africa (physician assistants), and led the development of ClinA training at Wits. He has been involved in supporting medical education initiatives in a number of African countries, and served as a consultant for Capacity Plus to the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) in Africa, in the field of community-based education, 2012-2015. He was a consultant in the decentralised learning programme of the Stellenbosch University Comprehensive Capacity Enhancement through Engagement with Districts (SUCCEED) project, 2015-2018.

He was a member of the expert panel that produced the WHO Global Policy recommendations “Increasing access to health workers in remote and rural areas through improved retention” in 2010 and of the WHO Core Guidelines Group that developed the 2013 Guidelines on “Transforming and Scaling up Health Professionals’ Education and Training”. He is currently serving a second term as a member of the WHO Guidelines Review Committee (2014-2016, 2017-2019).

He has held visiting appointments at Monash and Flinders Universities in Australia and the University of Washington in the USA.

He is married to Jacqui, an occupational therapist with a special interest in neurodevelopmental therapy and early child development. They have three sons.

Ian’s keynote: Collaboration and Complexity: Working together for mutual benefit

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Interprofessional collaboration is the expected outcome of interprofessional education. Yet we do not see many examples of this. This keynote will explore, through various modalities of engagement, the meaning of collaboration, theoretically and practically. We will examine the motivations for collaboration, the different ways in which it occurs and how we see ourselves in the context of the teams that may or may not exist in our work spaces. The challenge of achieving collaboration within health systems that are by their nature complex will be explored. Based on complexity theory, we will look at identifying patterns in order to decide what step(s) we can take in order to make a difference.

Watch the following short video, read the 3 articles and ponder on the questions in preparation for our interaction with Ian:


  1. Haddara W, Lingard L. Are we all on the same page? A discourse analysis of interprofessional collaboration. Academic Medicine. 2013 Oct; 88(10):1509-15. doi:  10.1097/ACM.0b013e3182a31893.
  2. Thomson AM, Perry JL. Collaboration processes: Inside the black box. Public Administration Review. 2006 dec; 66 (S1):20-32
  3. Saint-Pierre C, Herskovic V, Sepúlveda M. Multidisciplinary collaboration in primary care: A systematic review. Family Practice. 2018 Mar; 35(2):132-141. doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmx085.

Questions for reflection:

  1. What does collaboration mean to you? What does it mean in your context?
  2. Do you support interprofessional education and/or interprofessional collaboration? If so, why? For whose benefit?
  3. Is collaboration possible in a complex and hierarchical health system?
  4. What examples do you know of interprofessional collaboration in practice?

Professor Hester Klopper

M Cur; PhD, MBA, HonsD, FANSA, FAAN, ASSAF) is an international academic leader with global recognition for her work. She is the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Vice-President) for Strategy and Internationalisation at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, and responsible for overall strategy, the institutional research and planning division, Corporate Communication, as well as the international strategy. In addition, she is a Professor in the Department of Global Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Hester is Past President of Sigma (2013-2015) and was the 1st and only person outside of North America elected to the position of President.

Hester has been committed to development of researchers and overseen the NRF-Funded PLUME programme from 2013 to 2017 and mentored 24 post-docs. In addition she has supervised close to 80 Master and PhD students to completion; has published 80+ peer-reviewed articles; and is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Africa Nursing Sciences. Global health has become a focus area of her work over the past decade, and through her visionary leadership, the Global Advisory Panel on the future of Nursing and Midwifery (GAPFON) was established (convened by Sigma). As of January 2018 Hester has been appointed as the Chairperson of GAPFON for a four-year period.

Most recently, she was also elected on the Board of Directors of the Consortium for Universities in Global Health (CUGH) (2018-2021). Hester is to date the only South African inducted into the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), is a Fellow of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), and inducted into the International Hall of Fame for Research Excellence (Sigma). In 2016, a Doctor of Nursing (Honoris Causa) from Oxford Brookes University was conferred recognising her contribution to health science education and research globally. In country, she is a Fellow of the Academy of Nursing of South Africa (FANSA), a member of the South African Academy for Science and Art, and member of the Institute of Directors of South Africa (IODSA).

Hester’s keynote: Global Trends And The Impact On Interprofessional Education And Practice

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Prof Hester C. Klopper BA (Cur);

The world is in constant change and there is almost not a day that passes that we do not hear about the Fourth Industrial Revolution and how this may influence our lives in the future. As health care professionals we need to reflect on the major global trends and how this will influence our future, and in particular Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (IPC). This keynote will explore the major global trends and motivate why ICP will influence healthcare in future. Based on a team science approach, we will examine the critical success factors to make IPC real. These factors are inclusive of policy, culture, adequate workforce and the role of the nursing professionals, collaboration beyond silos, etc.